• Original hand etched copper plate made using the drypoint technique
• Used to create Charmaine Olivia's "Persephone" limited edition intaglio print edition
• Copper plate was used to print 25 prints only
Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate with a hard-pointed "needle" of sharp metal or diamond point. The lines produced by printing a drypoint are formed by the burr thrown up at the edge of the carved lines. A larger burr holds a lot of ink and produces a soft, dense line.
This technique was invented in the 15th century and has stayed relatively unused since its invention with few exceptions, so the Intaglio style drypoint etchings are exceptionally rare to find.
The pressure of printing quickly destroys the burr, drypoint is useful only for comparatively small editions; and after the burr has gone, the shallow lines will wear out quickly.
After the print edition has been printed, the copper plate is retired forever.