Published in Printmaking Today Autumn 2011.
Initially driven by changes in Health and Safety requirements at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where I work as Senior Printmaking Technician, I had revised practises to minimize the use of toxic materials. Much had been published about the potential risks in traditional etching materials and the health implications for artists using these processes. Seeking the safer alternatives I consulted Friedhard Kiekeben, then lecturer at Chester University and co-writer of Non-toxic Intaglio, to help me change or workshop at UCLan to a safer less toxic environment.
In 2006 I met Emma Gregory at The Regional Print Center whilst teaching Photo-polymer etching. Emma too was working on research into Non-toxic practices and materials for Liverpool John Moores workshops and The Bluecoat print studio.