Media French, oil-based etching inks on Stonehenge brand printmaking paper color-fawn from the U. K.
petroleum base was applied to the polished surface, and then lines were drawn into the ground with several types of etching needles. The plate was then placed in a nitric-acid-bath until my desired line-depths were achieved. I create all of my etchings by hand at The Center for Works on Paper 705 Christian Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which is part of the Fleisher Art Memorial’s Open Studio in Printmaking. Fleisher is governed by The Philadelphia Museum of Art and is located on the North side of Catharine Street’s 700-Block main entrance at 719. Again, all of my etchings are inked, wiped, and printed by my own hand. Story-line
This was inspired by an archival photographic image from the Camden County Historical Society. It was in this ramshackled workshop at 108 N. Front Street Camden where 29-year-old inventor, Eldridge Johnson, created the spring mechanism that made recorded music a commercial reality 1896. Within four years Johnson was fabricating recorded music on flat discs the world would soon call records. This small building soon generated a massive manufacturing complex that would lead the recorded music production industry for decades to come. Please note that this etching is shipped and sold to the buyer without a frame or mat. This keeps the price reasonable and also allows the collector a wide range of choice in framing selection. For shipment, a sturdy cardboard box is employed. The etching is first wrapped in two layers of acid free glassine and then placed between two archival boards. This is next placed into the shipping box and securely packed with bubble wrap. The price does NOT shipment costs to the collector.