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Serendipity and copper etchings

Serendipity and copper etchings
Written by Janis Goodman  18/06/2012

We're working with four Leeds based artists to create a set of Leeds inspired posters over the next few months. Artist Janis Goodman tells us why she's etching to get started on the project.

"This commission from Leeds Inspired comes at a great time for me. For the first time I am working full time as a printmaker, rather than combining it with another job. This decision came about as a result of losing my other job but it is now starting to feel like a proper chance to get to to work full time and whole heartedly on my etchings.

Over the past twenty years my etching has changed from attending a weekly evening class at Leeds College of Art and Design to being "what I do". I went on a general printmaking class but it was etching which appealed to me from the start, it was the mixture of control and chance that I found compelling: the final print is never quite as intended.  The processes involve careful thought and action  - composing an image, reversing it and drawing through the wax onto a copper plate. Elements of chance and serendipity – the quality of the ground, the strength of the ferric chloride and the density of an aquatint come into play to prevent the work from being too neat and controlled. Occasionally prints are ruined ; more often they are improved in surprising ways.

My work is based around places I know well and this commission will be focused on the urban beauty of Harehills and Chapeltown where I have lived and worked for the last thirty years. So if you see a woman drawing and photographing shopfronts, chimneypots and stray vegetation in the next few weeks around LS7  and LS8, it may well be me and it will be for creative rather than sinister purposes!"

You can see more work by Janis Goodman on her Facebook page.

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