23 December 2014

One-Day Intro to Screenprint Courses, January, Auckland City

Wow, nearly 2015 already!!!
I'm really looking forward to doing a bunch of new print projects.
Maybe you are planning ahead too, but just not sure where to start...? 
Perhaps you want to learn a new skill?

I am offering a few One-day Intro to Screenprinting Classes 
and we can hand-print some artworks, gift-wrapping paper, fabric etc

Because I'm still in a Christmas-y mood, I'm extending the special price of only $135 per person!
The class is tailored to your interests, with only 2-4 students per class!
Workshops available: 10am-4:30pm on Saturday 10 January, and also Saturday 17 January. 

The workshop in just around the corner from Eden Park in Auckland City.
If you need more info, or want to sign up for a class, click here to email Delwyn.

If you're interested but those dates don't suit you, email me 
and I'll notify you of any future workshops that may suit your needs.
Or if you have a screenprint art or craft project, 
and want to book a time to get some individual tuition, 
then feel free to email me and we can discuss options.

08 December 2014

Call for Sumissions: PCA Print Commission 2015

Artists are invited to submit digital images of recent work for selection 
to create a new print edition for the 2015 PCA Print Commission.
All forms of printmaking, including digital, are welcome.
Applications close 6 February 2015.
For more information on submitting for the Print Commission, see www.printcouncil.org.au

Several NZ Printmakers have been selected in the past few years,
so it is definitely worth making a submission...

Jacqueline Aust, Out of the Blue, 2014

Catherine Macdonald, Own Sweet Time, 2014

Ben Reid, For love or money,  2013

The Print Commission offers promotional and professional development opportunities for selected artists. 
Public galleries and institutions as well as many private collectors purchase PCA commissioned prints.
Commissioned prints are also included in the PCA Print Archive 1967-present; 
the Canson Australia and State Library of Victoria collections.

Inaugural Tertiary Student Prize:
In a new category, judges will select one tertiary student as a commissioned artist. 
In addition to the $700 artist fee,
the selected student artist will be awarded a $500 voucher for Canson papers.
Entrants must be undergraduate students enrolled in a Diploma or Degree of Fine Art (Visual Art) 
at a University, TAFE or Technical College, or have graduated in 2014.

07 December 2014

Sue Cooke, til 24Dec, Whanganui

Sue Cooke is hosting an exhibition 48 small Works: Prints, Paintings and Drawings
at 68a Guyton St, Whanganui until 24 December  (hours: 1-5pm, Mon - Fri)

This exhibition, selected from the Sue Cooke’s stock room, 
shows a number of conceptual threads running through her practice over the past 20 years. 
Strong contrasts, texture and depth of colour enhance ideas
of light, dark,  gloom, joy, the golden landscape, turbulence and intensity.  
The works are hung in 5 thematic groups;
Wanganui Landscapes, Antarctica, Trees, Architecture and Nudes.

Sue in her studio, adjoining the gallery

"The Architectural works were made at a time when the artist was primarily confined to the indoors
shortly after the birth of her daughter Rachel. 
The architectural facades act as an inverted window through which the natural world is viewed.
The artists perspective is one of distance, unable to be involved in the outdoors
yet honouring the beauty of both the man-made and natural worlds."

Sue Cooke, Colonial Verandah 
Collagraph, watercolour and acrylic, 20x13cm

Sue Cooke, Classical Facade in Canterbury
Collagraph, watercolour and acrylic, 20x13cm

For more information, see Sue's website: www.suecooke.co.nz

05 December 2014

Congratulations to NZ Printmakers in NZPPA 2015

Finalists have been announced for New Zealand Painting and Printmaking Award 2015
Choosing from almost 370 entries submitted by New Zealand artists,
Judge Dr Anne Kirker selected 50 finalist artworks for the 2015 Awards.

From the list of  2015 finalists I recognise many NZ Printmakers' names, so congratulations to:
 Philippa Bentley (Auckland), Beatrice Carlson (Auckland), Neil Emmerson (Dunedin),
 Prue Mac Dougall (Auckland), Rosemary Mortimer (Wellington), Toni Mosley (Auckland),
 Olav Nielsen (Dunedin), Kheang Ov (Auckland), John Pusateri (Auckland),
 Nicol Sanders-O'Shea (Tauranga), Sheyne Tuffery (Wellington), Janna van Hasselt (Christchurch).
For the full list of finalists see: Waikato Society of Arts website

The winner of the $20,000 prize will be announced on 13 February 2015 at the awards ceremony;
there will also be two merit awards presented.
The public are invited to vote for the Peoples’ Choice award during the exhibition.
The exhibition is the major visual arts event at the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival and is FREE to the public. The exhibition will run from 14-26 February 2015, so put it in your diary now.

29 November 2014

One-Day Intro to Screenprint Courses, December, Auckland City

This week we got 'Christmas-y' at the studio space I share with a bunch of other creatives -
there is a 3m+ Christmas tree, 1000+ fairy lights, and a (fake) fireplace with some stocking...

I love Christmas, so I'm really looking forward to a month of working in this festive space.
And now that I'm also in the mood for spreading a bit of creative Christmas joy...

 I am offering a few One-day Intro to Screenprinting Classes 
and we can hand-print some customised wrapping paper, t-shirts and gift tea-towels etc
Or if you are artistically-inclined, you can design your own artwork for printing.

At the special pre-Christmas price of only $135 per person,
the class is tailored to you, with a maximum of only 4 students per class!
Workshops available: 10am-4:30pm on Saturday 6 December, and Saturday 13 December .
The workshop in just around the corner from Eden Park in Auckland City.

There will also be an opportunity to purchase a screenprinting kit (screen / squeegee / ink)
that you can take home if you have your own project in mind...
If you need more info, or want to sign up for a class, click here to email Delwyn

26 November 2014

2015 Postcard Exchange, 1Apr, Australia

The Southern Printmakers Association (Sydney, Australia)
are inviting printmakers from NZ (and also the rest of the world) 
to participate in their 2015 Postcard Exchange.

Simply submit an edition of 11 postcards with your interpretation of our theme “LYRICAL”.
and you will then receive a collection of ten unique printed postcards
Submissions must be received by 1 April 2015

Postcard size should be no larger than 4” x 6” or 10x15cm
Printed on a substrate of 100-350gsm. Do not mount.
Only editions of 11 of any reproducible image medium will be accepted.
Individual international participants may send their postcards as one package.

For more information about the project, rules, and postal address,
see Southern Printmakers Association website:

23 November 2014

Christmas Cash & Carry, 29Nov-24Dec, Wellington

Solander Gallery's popular Christmas exhibition brings together over 30 talented artists 
who have created smaller works, all very affordable, ranging from $85-$300 
Great as gift ideas for family, friends or even a special treat for yourself. 
A selection of these works will also be available framed. 

Some of the participating artists: Nigel Brown, Jacqueline Aust, John Pusateri, Kim Lowe, 
Kyoko Imazu, Kyla Cresswell, Margaret Elliot, Marci Tackett, Nic Goodwolf, Patricia Bellan-Gillen, 
Rachael Garland, Sheyne Tuffery, Vanessa Edwards, David Sarich, Faith McManus, 
Chris Ingham, Hyun Ju Kim, Rosemary Mortimer, Lea-Anne Sheather, Danielle Creenaune,
Vincent Drane, Basia Smolnicki, Catherine Macdonald, Damon Kowarsky, Graham Hall 

Nic Goodwolf, The Evolution of Claiming Ground, 2014
Etching, 30x30cm

21 November 2014

Workshop: Artistic Printing (Letterpress), 26-30Jan, Wellington

Australasian Rare Books Summer School are running a course in Artistic Printing
from 26-30 January 2015 at Wai-te-ata Press, Kelburn campus, Victoria University of Wellington

The course is an advanced letterpress studio 
exploring innovative techniques in contemporary printmaking 
as well as looking back to the nineteenth-century artistic printing movement. 

This course will be jointly taught by
 Marty Vreede (Senior Lecturer in Printmaking, Quay School of the Arts, Whanganui)
and Sydney Shep (Director of Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington)

The cost of the five full-day course is $800+gst per person. 
Places are strictly limited and the deadline for registration is Friday 9 January. 
For more information, or to register please visit:

13 November 2014

Spring Specials on Printmaking Fine Art Papers to 5Dec

I know how much printmakers love nice paper,
so spread the word about Fine Art Papers' Spring Specials on Artist’s Papers...
There is 12.5 % off list prices on these papers until 5 December 2014:

Printmaking Papers: Hahnemuhle Etching 300gsm (Natural, White, Cream),
Tiepolo 290gsm (56x76cm & 70x100cm), Himalayan Washi 60gsm,
Incisioni Delux White watermarked 350gsm & 310gsm,
Somerset 300gsm Soft White, White Rosaspina 220gsm & 285gsm,
German Intaglio 300gsm, Zerkall printing stock, Pescia 300gsm

Also; Fabriano Artistico; 300gsm & 640gsm sheets, oversize, & rolls
Saunders Waterford, Arches Aquarelle, Pittura 400gsm, Palantina 120gsm & 190gsm, 
Accademia Rolls 120gsm & 200gsm, Fabriano 5 Disegno Fine 350gsm, Indian Cotton 640gsm

To order or get pricelist, contact Kay & Randal on (03) 379 4410 or email: artpaper@ihug.co.nz

26 October 2014

Call for Entries: First Impressions II, March 2015

Call for entries for the First Impressions II NZ printmaking exhibition (4-28 March 2015)
Mairangi Arts Centre are hosting this national exhibition for the second time. 

It will be a selected exhibition with the premier award winner receiving a package of: 
$1000 cash prize from Mairangi Arts Centre, 
an exhibition at Art at Wharepuke in Northland,
and $1000 professional A4 Etching Press (from RGM in Italy) sponsored by The French Art Shop
(the press comes with blankets, a Zinc plate, a copper plate, and a selection of tools).
The second prize winner a $250 product voucher from Factory Frames 
and People's Choice Award winner $200 voucher from Gordon Harris Art & Graphic Store

2014 First Impressions Winner: Struan Hamilton, Lebbeus Suite 1
Viscosity etching

Judge: Dr Carole Shepheard

Entries close Sunday 8 February 2015
Click here to download the First Impressions II Entry Form

PS: Remember that as your submission photo is representing your artwork, 
so this image should also be of high quality.
If you don't have the equipment or experience of photographing your work,
I will try to arrange a day in late January at my Auckland studio 
where we can have lights and camera set up so you can bring your prints to be photographed.
I'll advertise information here on my website once details have been finalised.

24 October 2014

Near Neighbours, 29Oct-26Nov, Wellington

Near Neighbours is an exhibition of printmaking by artists from Australia and New Zealand 
which was shown at the St. Helliers Street Gallery in Melbourne in September
before travelling here to Solander Gallery in Wellington from 29 October to 26 November.

Australian artists: Rona Green, Deborah Klein, Deborah Williams, John Ryrie and Michael Kempson
NZ artists: Jo Ogier, Alexis Neal, Alex Milsom, Catherine Macdonald and John Callaghan

Jo Ogier, Target, 2014
Woodcut on 56x52cm paper, edition of 10

Catherine Macdonald, they got going while the going was good, 2014
Drypoint on 25x36cm paper, edition of 10, 2014

Michael Kempson, Us And Them, 2014
Etching and aquatint on 34x44cm paper, edition of 25

Alexis Neal, Batting for the Same Team, 2014
Lithograph on tea stained paper, edition of 10

John Ryrie, The Game and the Player of Chess II, 2014
Woodcut on 37x37cm paper, edition of 20

Deborah Klein, Hover Fly Winged Woman, 2014
Hand-coloured linocut on 30x21cm paper, edition of 30

Alex Milsom, Safe Guards, 2014
Mezzotint on 21x31cm paper, edition of 10

Deborah Williams, Self aware, 2014
Etching on 21x21cm paper, edition of 20

Rona Green, Curl, 2014
Linocut, watercolour on 23x23cm paper, edition of 33

23 October 2014

Wansolwara, 28Oct-30Nov, Auckland

Impressive 5: Wansolwara has an opening event at 6pm on Tuesday 28 October
at Nathan Homestead in Manurewa, Auckland.
This NZ printmaking exhibition is on until 30 November.

15 October 2014

Mahuru, 15-30Oct, Whangarei

If you're in the sunny North in October, you may want to check out the Mahuru exhibition 
at NorthTec in Whangarei until 30 October,
featuring Gabrielle Belz, Vanessa Edwards, Ruth Green-Cole, 
Keatley Hopkins, Faith McManus and Alexis Neale.

06 October 2014

Stanley Palmer Artist Talk, 11Oct, Auckland

Stanley Palmer is giving an artist talk at 1pm on Saturday 11 October,
at Gus Fisher Gallery in Central Auckland.

Stanley Palmer will discuss the process and evolution of his bamboo etchings.
This talk coincides with the exhibition Gifted on now until 1 November at Gus Fisher Gallery

03 October 2014

Lithography Demo, 11Oct, Auckland

Stone lithography demonstration by John Pusateri, founder of Auckland Print Studio.

John Pusateri 'under light' stone lithograph

Watch the creation of a hand-burnished print 
using one of the most direct traditional printmaking mediums 
wherein an image created upon a limestone slab is transferred to paper 
using the principle of oil/water revulsion.

Seed Gallery - info@seedgallery.co.nz

02 October 2014

One Night Screenprint Exhibition, 10Oct, Auckland

LOUDER presents an all serigraph pop-up exhibition for one night only
from 6-9pm on 10 October at STUDIO 40 (40 Princess St, Onehunga, Auckland) 

The featured artists will be exhibiting an extremely limited edition print run each, 
with all profits going towards Hagar International and their fight against human trafficking.

Image Source: Olivia Laita

Askew One, Benjamin Work, Berst, BMD, 
Elliot Francis Stewart, Lady Diva, Misery and Phat1

For more information see this event on Art Week Auckland's website 

01 October 2014

Prue Mac Dougall, 9-28Oct, Auckland

Prue Mac Dougall's exhibition In Fine Feather
is on at Black Asterisk Gallery in Ponsonby, Auckland, from 9-28 October.

 These new works show Prue’s fluency in the technical language of printmaking,
while expanding its boundaries into 3-dimensional forms.
Using the process of solar plate etching, she creates dramatic shadows and silhouettes.
The new collection includes delicate headpieces,
printed feathers and larger colourful screen prints combined with solar plate etching.
The wire-work tiaras incorporate her cut prints, pearls, crystal beads and feathers.
With whimsical imagery, her characteristic playfulness has center stage
as she creates a fanciful world of stories, a quiet telling of narratives
including kangaroo-headed circus performers, birds, trapeze act and other finely balanced characters. 

12 September 2014

Reminder: Impressive 5 - Wansolwara, by 17Sept

Just a reminder to get your prints in for the 5th Impressive printmaking show
which will be held at Nathan Homestead, in Manurewa, Auckland. 
This year the show is titled Wansolwara: Print Here and Now, 
and is open to NZ artists working in any print medium. 

Artists are invited to submit up one or two images for selection for the show. 
Images to be saved as jpeg with maximum size of 1000 pixels the longest side image dimension.
Entries need to have been made by the artist, within the last 12 months.
With your image, please supply: Medium, Title of Work, Date of Work, Size,
Work can be unframed or freestanding, so indicate if any specific display or installation instructions.
All artists submitting work are required to submit a 200-300 word statement 
regarding the work and the basis of their practice. 

Enter by email to Steve LovettCerisse Palagi, or Struan Hamilton by Wednesday 17 September
All artists will be informed by email of the curators’ decision by Friday 26 September. 
Work will be delivered to Nathan Homestead by Friday 17 October. 

08 September 2014

Antipodes, 14Sept-1Oct, Auckland

Antipodes features an exchange between Sydney Printmakers and members of CPCANZ
The exhibition will be on at Northart Gallery in Auckland
from 15 September to 1 October, with the opening function on Sunday 14 September.

Following this, the exhibition will be shown in Sydney
at Pine Street Creative Arts Gallery from 11-22 November.

05 September 2014

Studio Visit: Graham Hall

Art teacher and long-time printmaker Graham Hall works in a small print studio,
situated in suburban Aramoho, on the banks of the Whanganui River.
Graham Hall concentrates mainly on woodcut, monotype and drypoint printmaking processes.

Although AP studios has existed as a print studio for the last 8 years,
this print room set-up has been in its present location for three year.
Approximately 5x6m, the studio is good size for a sole printmaker,
although Graham says he still has to 'move stuff to get to other stuff - a little bit like tetris'.
especially when changing from one printing processes to another.

 Graham's large printing press was built in 1996
at the Wanganui Regional Polytechnic, Quay School of the Arts.
Under the expert tutelage of Marty Vreede (as Head of the Printmaking department),
close to 100 third-year Fine Arts printmaking students built their own press!
This particular press has an 86cm bed and is used for both drypoint and multi-block woodcut.
There have been a number of small modifications to the press over the years.
Replacing the steel bed for a resin bed has helped in keeping the travel of the press bed straight and true. Various grease nipples have been added to improve the press action. 

Occasional and informal workshops are held at the AP studios.
These visits are usually made when other printmakers are interested in a particular printmaking process
or in need access to a large press.

In the room next door is Leigh Anderton-Hall's art studio, housing a beautiful old Seggie Press,
which was built in the 1800’s by Alexander Seggie, an engineer from Edinburgh, Scotland.
A number of these presses were shipped to New Zealand.
This heavy cast iron beast is used primarily for monotype and drypoint printmaking.

A few technical points about the Aramoho Printmakers studio:
The tools used with woodcut a mixture of Pfeil chisels with the wooden stems cut back to fit into the hand. Various scrapers and creble’ tools are used in combination with chisel marks.
The drypoint tools are made from silver steel and then tempered to produce and incredibly fine sharp line.
The printing inks used in the studio are Charbonnel for drypoint
and Hostmann-Steinberg impression inks for the woodcut. Both inks are oil-based.
For monotype printmaking the Akua water-based inks are used.

In July Graham taught a workshop in multi-block process to a group of Art teachers
at the recent Art Teachers conference in Auckland.
  Like all print process this technique has been adapted, changed and modified
to suit Graham's particular way of working, occasionally teaching this process to interested printmakers.

Graham Hall, Heroes Journey
4-block woodcut

 This recent 4-block print is part of a show Graham has been working towards,
 this final print is the culmination of three years' work.
It is part of the Heroes Journey; after the mythologist Joseph Campbell (The Hero of a Thousand Faces).
This print is part of 12 works that will be on show in Space Gallery in Wanganui in October.

Graham Hall also has work in Solander Gallery in Wellington
and in private and public institutions throughout New Zealand and overseas.

01 September 2014

Studio Visit: Steve Lovett

Steve Lovett and I have been friends for a long time, 
and from the first time I visited Steve's home workshop I was green with envy!
Attached to his house, on the suburban border of Ponsonby,
the studio space had a previous life as a local dairy.

With an amazing library on one wall, and a blank gallery wall for displaying on the other side,
plenty of space and natural light, I honestly think his studio is bigger than my whole apartment!!!

Steve Lovett's print studio at home

"The studio is the place where I work almost everyday. 
Its a bit of tip at the moment because I have several projects on the go, 
so I sort of wade through the chaos to the various work stations to progress the projects. 
The studio is a laboratory, a physical space where meaning is made and remade, 
broken up, reconfigured, discarded and retrieved and then sent out again into the world. 

This current body of work is made up from the collections of photographs and printed ephemera 
that I have inherited and that I been trawling from markets & junk shops for over 3 decades. 
More recently these images have come from online sources. 
My interest pre-digital era ‘vernacular’ photography has been augmented 
by abandoned family photo albums and product photography.  
Here, this ‘vernacular’ becomes a strategy to refer to a locus of expression 
within photographic image making that is everywhere, nowhere and anywhere simultaneously. 
The activity of collecting images discarded by other people 
has developed as a response to the overabundance of images in print and online. 
The image hoarding has developed focus in an ongoing project, ‘Some people who may (not) here’. 

Steve Lovett, Some people who may (not) here, 2014
Screenprinted concertina book

Steve Lovett
working model in progress for the 2014 Sketchbook Project

The work involves using pre-photoshop techniques of 'stripping together' different images 
to reconstruct a new image - fictionalised response to missing information in the found images. 
Over the summer and into next year this work will result in exhibiting 100 of these images, 
along with several book and some new larger screen printed works.
This work can be seen at http://stevepepper1.tumblr.com/

Wash-out area in Steve Lovett's studio

I'm not terribly wedded to any process or way of working. 
Except, for this bit of my process, I need to make something everyday. 
I tend to process ideas through making. 
Different projects require different strategies, materials, tools. 
But what I do around making is a lot of looking and reading about print, 
about anything that can help with the generation of work."

30 August 2014

Press for Sale, Dunedin

Peter Booth contacted me with a request to help him re-home his Manuka print press.
It is currently based in Dunedin, and the buyer would need to collect

 It comes with the plastic protector for press bed and three felts of different thicknesses.
It is about 6 years old, only lightly used.
The roller/drum has some light rust pits on the one side that faced the ceiling. 
Due to multiple relocations, there is damage to one connecting screw on one drum tightening levers  
though it is still usable just need to hold it down when turning the tension.
Other than that, it is 'as new'. 

Peter would like $3000, but is open to offers. 
If you're interested, please contact Peter on 021 802 768

24 August 2014

Call for Applications: APS International Artist-in-residence, by 30Sept

For those of you who read this blog from outside New Zealand, this is especially for you:

International artists are invited to apply to 
Auckland Print Studio's 5th International Artist-in-Residence programme.
Auckland Print Studio is located in Auckland, New Zealand, 
and specialises in stone and photo-plate lithography.
The residency's aim is to collaboratively produce a suite of hand-printed lithographs. 
APS are welcoming all artists to apply, regardless of printmaking experience. 

Residency is 6 weeks duration, from 8 December 2014 to 18 January 2015
(Dates are flexible by a few days either way)
Shared accommodation and all printmaking materials are included. 
Trips to some of NZ's famous west coast beaches are also an integral part of the residency!

Deadline for Application: 30 September / Notification: 13 October
For further information about applying, see www.aucklandprintstudio.com website
or contact aucklandprintstudio@gmail.com if you have any questions.

23 August 2014

Congratulations Rosemary Mortimer!

A big congratulations to NZ printmaker Rosemary Mortimer 
for being one of the 6 winners at the 34th Mini Print International of Cadaqués, 2014

Rosemary Mortimer, Interface III
Collagraph, edition of 25

The jury selected 6 winners and 10 finalists from 740 exhibiting artists from 56 countries.
You can see all the entries and more information
at the MINI PRINT 2014 section of the MiniPrint website: www.miniprint.org

22 August 2014

Mahuru: Te Tau O Te Kowhai, 28Aug-23Sept, Morrinsville

Wallace Gallery in Morrinsville is hosting an exhibition from 28 August - 23 September
titled Mahuru: Te Tau O Te Kowhai - The Season of the Flowering Kowhai
featuring artists Gabrielle Belz, Vanessa Edwards, Ruth Green-Cole,
Keatley Hopkins, Faith McManus and Alexis Neal.

If you live in the Waikato area, you may like to attend the opening event 
which will be held between 6-7:30pm on Wednesday 27 August.

21 August 2014

Drypoint Workshop, 2Nov, Wellington

Drypoint Printmaking Workshop with guest artist Alexis Neal, Sunday 2 November
This one day workshop will explore a variety of materials and mark making 
through basic print processes using relief surfaces and dry point techniques using plexi-plate. 
With a focus on multi-layered printing participants will manipulate these surfaces 
with cut stencils to create rich woven images. 
It is about introducing new ideas and skills that students can adopt and extend on in their own practice.

This workshops cost $145 including all materials and equipment you will need for the day. 
Workshop is 9:30am-4:00pm, at Solander Gallery in Wellington. 
Places are limited to a maximum of eight participants so booking is essential. 
Currently Solander's website says there were only 2 spaces left, so register asap to avoid disappointment!
For more information about registering, see www.solandergallery.co.nz