Mi Desmedt is an accomplished artist, etcher and engraver, inventing new engraving and printing techniques to capture the ever changing nature of the landscapes, river scenes and seascapes that inspire her. Her work can be found in hundreds of art collections world-wide.
"I look for poetry in the things that we see all around us every day. Things change continuously with the seasons, with the time of day. Light, reflections in the water, the length of shadows, and other such beautiful qualities. They are never the same. It is their sense of movement that I strive to capture and convey." - Mi Desmedt, Artist, Etcher and Engraver.
To create her art, Mi captures the poetry and ever-changing nature of the landscapes, river scenes and seascapes that surround her, experimenting with existing engraving and printing techniques, as well as with new innovative processes and techniques she has been inventing herself.
Originally from Belgium, Mi travelled all over the world, before settling in the Dordogne in the South of France in 1988, where she has been concentrating her efforts on colour prints, using her own unique etching method. Since '88, Mi has been able to draw inspiration from her surroundings and from several sabbaticals in Morocco, Uruguay and elsewhere.
Her work can be found in hundreds of art collections world-wide.
Mi Desmedt is an accomplished artist, etcher and engraver. To create her art, she applies and experiments with both existing engraving and printing techniques, as well as with new innovative processes and techniques she has been inventing herself.
There are several ways of introducing colour into an etching. The traditional ways are the one-plate method and multiple-plate printing. Mi's own unique colour printing method is based on working with only one plate. Unlike the traditional one-plate method however, she then overprints several times, after reworking the plate between each overprinting. Mi also uses both line etching and aquatint on most of her plates. The result is a rich colourful print combining engraving, relief, and transparent colours.
Below you can find an overview of the various etching, engraving and printing techniques which Mi uses to create her work.
Encrage a la poupee
Mi applies the one-plate method, also called encrage a la poupee, to ink the plate in several colours. However, this is not absolutely precise: colour areas will overlap, so each print will be slightly different. She uses the Multiple-Plate Printing method to overprint separate plates, etched or engraved with different parts of design and inked in different colours.
A method which consist simply of scratching a design into a metal plate, the most direct of all intaglio processes.
The basic engraving tool is the burin, a shaft of very hard steel. In cross section the burin is square shaped. Mi uses the burin to force up a metal burr to create an engraved line which is precise and clean: thin at the beginning of the stroke, swelling up to full strength in the middle and thin at the end.
Line Etching is a method with which Mi produces her design by removing parts of the metal plate with diluted acids. The longer the plate stays in the acidbath, the deeper the lines and the stronger the lines will print on the paper.
Aquatint is a process which Mi uses to produce a whole range of shadings on an etching plate from white through successive greys to solid black. She either uses this method as a primary technique in its own right, or in combination with other techniques, to give more depth to images produced with an etching needle.
The basic method, essentially the same for all the above processes, involves use of a heavy metal flat-bed press with the artwork reproduced by being passed through two large rollers.