Hand drawn Solar Plate etchings
Each print 13 x 18 cms
These prints were created using a Solar Plate print technique. The seaweed was first drawn by hand onto tracing paper using drawing ink. This image was then exposed onto the photo-polymer coated plates and exposed to ultra violet light.Once light-hardened the plates were bevelled and then inked up in both intaglio and relief printing methods and layered one on top the other. The final prints were finally passed through the printing press and the image transferred onto 100% cotton rag paper together with a deep embossed pattern.
Fucus vesiculosus is known by the common name bladder wrack and is found on the coasts of the North Sea, the western Baltic Sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. It is also known by the common names black tang, rockweed, bladder fucus, sea oak, black tany, cut weed, dyers fucus, red fucus, and rock wrack.
It was the original source of iodine, discovered in 1811, and was used extensively to treat goitre, a swelling of the thyroid gland related to iodine deficiency.