St. Michaels Print Shop – 2012

Cornelius was the artist in residence at St. Michael’s Printshop in St. John’s, Newfoundland, from September 4- October 4, 2012. St. Michael’s Printshop has been a fully functioning printmaking facility for 40 years.

Karen pulling print

Cornelius took advantage of this artist in residency opportunity to explore a less toxic printmaking technique,  successfully etching aluminum in a solution of copper sulfate, sani flush and salt.

Cornelius came prepared to etch images using soft ground, She successfully transferred  actual childs dresses onto the plate.

Cornelius was asked to give a printmaking workshop while at St. Michael’s Printshop. She taught the alumigraph technique. This technique uses no acid. An alumigraph is a collagraph which is  covered with a thin layer of aluminum and then inked like an etching.  Eight local printmakers signed up for the workshop, including the chair of the board.

Working as an artist in residence gave her an opportunity to meet many of the local printmakers, including the Don Wright scholar that year April White and veteran printmakers Scott Goudie and Sylvia Bendzsa. She rented a room in the house of local artist Pam Hall.

St. Michael's Printshop entrance

St.Michael’s Printshop Entrance

St. Michael's Printshop building right on the harbour.

St. Michael’s Printshop building right on the harbour.

Etching presses at St. Michael's

Etching presses at St. Michael’s

Karen in protective gear.

Karen in protective gear.

Beautiful St. John's houses

Beautiful St. John’s houses

Signal Hill

Signal Hill

Petty's Harbour

Petty’s Harbour

Artist Pam Hall's house where I stayed

Artist Pam Hall’s house where she stayed