Technique looks to be an alternative where animal leather is used as a material to generate matrices that allow the production of artistic prints.

To the new engraving technique developed in the UCR Faculty of Arts, the Coriumgravure, the National Registry granted the first patent in arts of the university on December 17th.

The technique was developed by the researcher and artist Salomón Chaves, and is considered a worldwide innovation as it is a non-toxic etching option, simpler and less dangerous due to its handling.

With the granting of the patent, the Corium-engraving project is more likely to perform gravure with processes that are not harmful to the environment or to health, since artists who work with techniques of this type suffer consequences for the use of chemicals.

“The granting of this patent means a recognition of its quality that demonstrates relevance of research from the field of the arts, especially the positive impact on society,” said Cynthia Céspedes, Innovation Manager at Proinnova UCR.

For the artist, the patent represents a stimulus to continue developing projects that make it possible to democratize access to knowledge.

“In my case, the rights were donated to the university, so that you can not profit from this technique and rather teach and share with all the artists and interested people,” said Chaves.

The Corium Engraving was born as part of the doctoral thesis of Chaves at the Complutense University of Madrid, and was managed by Proinnova in 2011. In 2012, the patent application was filed with the National Registry, which, five years later, turned out to be the first one that is awarded to the UCR in the field of plastic arts.

The corium engraving was taken to Guanajuato, Mexico, and to Granada, Nicaragua, so that more plastic artists know the technique.

Now, he begins to develop an investigation about the conservation and restoration of works of art on paper, with the idea of analyzing and developing techniques adapted to the context and resources available in the country.




Valeria López Sedó

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