- ETCHING STUDIO
The newly refurbished etching area is spacious and very well equipped. It has two traditional Etching Presses:
The "Littlejohn" bed size 28" x 54" which is used for etching, monoprint and collograph.
The "Rochat" bed size 32" x 54" which is used solely for etchinG.
The Studio Facilities Include:
Ferric Chloride tanks for copper and zinc plate etching and a Nitric Cabinet with extractor fan, for steel plates.
There is a large sink for washing etching plates and other areas for damping paper and stacking prints. There are also ample work surfaces for inking and drawing up plates, a hotplate and rollers for hard and soft ground.
A large Aquatint box is housed in a separately enclosed area of the studio.
There are also facilities for the various photo- mechanical forms of etching - A darkroom and a Trumax exposure unit, which is shared with the Screenprint members.
The silkscreen area is equipped with
1 x large vacuum Screenbed
1 x medium vacuum Screenbed
1 x enormous exposure unit comprising swivel top vacuum unit + freestanding exposure light
1 x washout unit with pressure washer
1 x drying cabinet
storage space for max 5 screens per member
The darkroom is bookable if you are a member.
The darkroom is equipped with:
a large Trumax exposure unit
2 x photographic enlargers
1 x large washout sink
3 x safety (red) lights
1 x drying unit
3 large developing trays
3 medium developing trays
The lithography area comprises 1 x stone litho press, a selection of stones, a stone grinding wheel used in conjunction with carborundum powder. Large ink rollers for inking up the stones
- TEXTILES TABLE
The textiles area is equipped with a 5m x 1.35m cushioned print table covered with calico. The table has 4 x folding wooden sheets that cover it completely when not in use to create a very large workspace for groups and individuals.
- RELIEF PRINTING
There are 2 relief presses. One is the Vandercook proofing press that has a bed size of ? there are frames to lock out type for letterpress work.
The other press is a smallbed Albion platen press, on loan to the GPC.