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Etching – a unique art of printing- new issue of Lichtenstein Post

Etching – a unique art of printing- new issue of Lichtenstein Post
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In "The Printer's Art – Art Print" series, the Philately is reviving various techniques of the printer's art in the form of art stamps and in the process is presenting works specifically created for this purpose by local artists. The two previous issues – screen print and linol cut – are now followed by two etchings.

The "Dust Image A" stamp (value: CHF 1.00) and the "Dust Image B" stamp (value: CHF 1.40) were finished through silver hot foil stamping. In addition to the special stamps, a small quantity of art prints (40 x 40 cm) of the two etchings is available.

The Liechtenstein artist Brigitte Hasler from Gamprin engages in painting, art printing, photography and lyrics. In her years of practice, she has also made contributions to various exhibitions and readings in Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Belgium and completed several work assignments abroad. It is not rigidity and immobility that captures her interest but instead processes - both in human existence and in elements of nature.

This is why both etchings are based on the fascination and graphic quality of dust, which Brigitte Hasler has focused on in her artistic endeavours time and time again in her photography, videos, lithography and etchings. Etching is a gravure printing process which involves covering an etchable printing plate with an acid-resistant layer. The motif is then transferred to this plate in reverse and etched lightly into this acid-resistant layer with an etching needle or an échoppe (small cylindrical tool with a slanting oval section at the end).

The plate is then immersed in acid which "bites" into the exposed parts of the metal. A single printing plate can undergo a series of etching processes in order to obtain a graduation from the lightest grey to the deepest black in print. After removing the etching base, the lower-lying parts of the plate are inked with the print colour. This colour is then transferred to the paper during the printing process afterwards.

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