The Situation in Europe today
Throughout the period 1997-2004 I arranged workshops and conferences not only in Denmark but also in Sweden, Finland, Norway, Holland, Belgium and Germany. In 2005 I moved my studio to Spain where I had already had a small art school for the last 20 years, together with my wife, teaching fine art photography and painting. At this time most of Scandinavia and northern Europe has already changed to the new non-toxic techniques and other people have taken over the spreading of the message. I realised that France, Spain and Italy were left behind because all information about non-toxic printmaking until then has been communicated in English.
In 2005, Eva Figueres, professor in printmaking at the University in Barcelona, arranged a conference on non-toxic intaglio where I had the pleasure of delivering lectures and demonstrations together with Friedhard Kiekeben. Most of the Spanish universities and many Spanish master printers were invited to the three-day event. Shortly after, Eva Figueres published a Spanish book outlining the findings of the conference. In addition, the University of Granada decided to translate (and publish) my book into Spanish with help from the well-known professor of printmaking, Juan Carlos Ramon Guadix, from the Facultad de Bellas Artes in Granada. The message was spread and well received, and since then we have seen huge interest in the new techniques among the universities and important studios in Spain. As I speak Spanish, I have taken an active part in this development by arranging workshops at universities, art foundations and art schools across Spain. In addition, I am kept busy running international workshops for professional artists in my own studio in Andalusia.
For further information; free newsletters (non-toxic updates) about the latest developments regarding Non-Toxic Intaglio; and workshop dates you are welcome to visit my homepage www.grafiskeksperimentarium.dk/en/index.html
Henrik Boegh, Copenhagen
a student shares the workshop experience:
What a week ! The workshop with Henrik was even better than I imagined. A beautiful week in Capiliera; a stunning destination and a non-toxic etching course that was one of the most enriching experiences I have known. The multiple techniques that we were taught seem infinite in terms of possibilities. The superposition of images from different sources and the translation of texture and form into two dimensional prints seem endless sources of inspiration for future artistic endeavors. I believed the course would enable me to carry out traditional methods of etching in a non-toxic environment using safe products but everyday was a discovery of new, exciting ways to print and build bridges between different categories of images...
I left Capiliera with wings and an urgent need to set up my own workshop...Thank you so much."