Welcome to the website of British artist Emily Crookshank.
Emily Crookshank studied Painting and Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art and exhibits regularly across the UK. Her work has been selected for a number of highly regarded exhibitions, alongside some of the most exciting and innovative artists and contemporary printmakers.
Emily enjoys the developmental nature of printmaking and allows her work to evolve organically. This happens over many dedicated hours, experimenting with technique and exploring the natural characteristics of the medium. Through these stripped back and balanced compositions, her work celebrates the materials and the many satisfactions of the medium itself.
The Etching Process
An original etching is printed by hand, with a great deal of time and care and with each print demanding a high level of technical skill.
The etching process uses acid to create ink-bearing lines on a metal plate. The plate (copper, zinc, aluminium or steel) is covered with a thin acid resistant wax. The etcher draws freely into the wax, exposing the metal beneath. The plate is then placed in the acid bath and the exposed marks are bitten away, forming the image. The resulting image comes from the artist’s ability to control this 'bite' of the acid into the metal.
Ink is then applied to the plate, filling the bitten lines. It is placed on the bed of the printing press with a piece of dampened paper on top. It is then rolled through the press by hand and subjected to a huge amount of pressure, pushing the paper into the bitten lines and transferring the ink to the paper. Each print is an original piece of artwork due to variations created by the process of printing by hand.