Goodbye to the Forge

19 Mar

I spent the day yesterday printing for the last time at Aidan Kirkpatrick’s studio in Loddon.  His family asked me to print a couple of his etchings that they didn’t have and although it was quite daunting to print with out his guidance I felt very privileged to be back in the workshop once more.


I will always value what I have learnt from Aidan as he was such a traditional etcher and painter and particularly will continue to use the technical methods that he showed me and try to pass them on in my teaching.

Most of Aidan’s plates are quite a bit larger than my own so it takes a while to take a print, especially using his method of leaving a thin layer of ink on the surface and using whiting/chalk to lighten areas before blending… the plate below took me over an hour each time as it is so detailed!


I am working on some new etchings that are based on photos I took while working with Aidan at the Forge and will up date soon with how they are coming along!

Thanks for reading, L


One Response to “Goodbye to the Forge”

  1. Jeremy Rogers May 31, 2015 at 1:23 pm #

    Thankyou for posting this about Aidan Kirkpatrick, he talk me at Langley and I did really I’m my o level art making etchings. That was in 1972 to 1975 and I had a great deal of respect for him. I wish I had kept in touch but alas that was not to be the case. Here in my 50s I still think about him and am so glad that I knew him. I was shocked to hear he had died I still remember him as he was in his 40’s. Your pictures of his studio bring back great memories for me so thank you! Kind regards jeremy

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