When the whole world was plunged into lockdown due to COVID19 in 2020, I was faced with the challenge of creating projects that my printmaking students could achieve at home without access to specialist equipment. One of the simplest methods of taking an impression from a matrix (printing surface) is through frottage, or rubbings. In the course of testing out possibilities for this medium (beyond taking rubbings of coins!) I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the process and the medium's capacity for richly layered surfaces and forms. The most mundane of objects - such as plastic biscuit packaging and kitchen implements - often proved the most rewarding matrices. Frottage's tiny environmental footprint, making use of found objects and surfaces that could be utilised indefinitely in myriad combinations, also aligned with my conscious move towards more environmentally sustainable art practices. Click on individual images for behind the scenes snaps of works in progress.