24 May 2015

Intro to Screenprinting, June, Auckland

  You can learn the basics of screenprinting in just one day!
spaces available 10am-4pm on Saturday 6 June OR 10am-4pm on Saturday 20 June
This course introduces you to the essential pieces of equipment,
the processes and techniques, as well as plenty of hands-on printing time.
This course is suitable for beginners.
With only 3-4 students per class, the content can be tailored to your own project ideas.
With the guidance of a very experienced tutor,
you will learn hand-cut stencils, masking, hand-drawn images,
as well as the basics of photo emulsion for more detailed designs.
Techniques and inks for printing on both paper and fabric will be taught.

$135 per person includes inks, paper, screens and equipment used during workshop.
Located near Eden Park in Auckland.
Please email to confirm availability of places on your preferred session.
Payment is required to confirm booking. 
For more info about upcoming dates, or to register, click here to email Delwyn.

13 May 2015

Jacqueline Aust + Kerry Francis, 20May-27June, Wellington

Solander Gallery are hosting an exhibition featuring Jacqueline Aust and Kerry Francis
from 20 May - 27 June, in Wellington.
Both artists will be attending the opening event, 5.30-7pm on Friday 22 May.

Jacqueline Aust: Look Out
Jacqueline's most recent work has been generated while working in Arenys de Munt, near Barcelona, Spain.
"The act of drawing a narrative generated from the interplay of shapes and a sense of movement 
from fluttering fabric, or lightly made expressive marks, has interested me for some time. 
My residency in Spain enabled me to explore this interaction, 
and its effect on compositional arrangements, on a much larger scale. 
The rich blacks made possible by a carborundum technique lends itself to constrained architectural forms, 
which in many of the Look Out works, act as a foil to lively mark making. 
In others, narrative associations are drawn out of implied landscapes and built form. 
Occasional bird skulls provide a recogniseable link to previous work, 
and a point from which to begin a new story."
Jacqueline Aust, Look Out, 2015 
Intaglio and relief, 94x48cm

Jacqueline Aust, Benthams Premise I, 2015 
Intaglio and chine colle, 124x90cm, AP

 Kerry Francis: SUMpictures
Architect Kerry Francis exhibits a suite of lithographs 
created at the Auckland Print Studio with master printmaker John Pusateri.
"Architecture is the discipline in which I have spent the whole of my working life. 
As an architect I have always drawn - architectural drawings are loaded with meaning; 
they are dense graphic codes for the translation of information from one medium to another 
(from paper or digital surface to concrete and timber). 
Equally, as architects, we represent buildings - we do not make them - there are always others involved, 
and it is in these ways the collaborative processes of making prints 
has natural resonances with the processes of making architecture. 
The prints and drawings on show play with the codes generated by marks...
they are constructed surfaces where marks both sink and swim in the warm white of the sheet...
they are traces of the calculating marks that are scratched on brick walls o
f abandoned buildings or printed in the sharp black ink of product labels...
marks that record and records that mark...they are sum pictures."
Kerry Francis, Tablet, 2015
Lithograph, 34x21cm

12 May 2015

News from NZ Pride In Print Awards 2015

The Pride In Print Awards for 2015 were announced recently,
and I just wanted to share two of the category winners
who I think deserve a special mention here...

Live to Print screenprinting inks: category winner for Industry Development

Companies with an environmental conscience have had a new avenue of print buying opened up to them 
by the Pride In Print Industry Development category winner Live to Print.
The boutique Whangarei printery came up with the concept of a screen printing ink 
so environmentally-friendly that screen printing is presented in a new commercial light. 
Its Screeners Choice selection of vibrant colours 
prompted senior judge Angelique Sparnaay-Martin to say the commercial flow-on benefit of the inks 
is that they opened up screen printing to companies who previously had not considered it for their products.
The main users now are schools of fine arts 
but many companies keen to do screen printing have been put off in the past. 
They are environmentally-friendly firms and don’t want to use chemicals. 
Today, this product has given them a new choice.”

The Screeners Choice ink are a natural plant-based aqueous screen ink system 
using sustainable ingredients with high permanence eco-pigments 
for printing on a wide range of papers and board,
 meaning there is no need for harmful chemicals, acrylics or other hazardous additives.

Well done, Matt Lewis, I've been a huge fan of your inks for many years, 
they are extraordinary to print with at a professional level, and this award is well-deserved!!

Matt Payne, Tawharanui Waves, 2015

Art met print in the Tawharanui Waves limited edition print 
that won the Specialty Products category of the Awards.
Artist and printer worked together, in harmony, to produce fine art of a breathtaking quality. 
Artist Matt Payne worked with Artrite Screen Printing of Onehunga on site 
to get the print colours just right, so that he could faithfully recreate his original painting 
in a limited run of prints on cotton art paper that went for sale in the Matt Payne Galleries.
In all, 27 colours were mixed under the artist’s direction, with a single screen print pass for each in turn, 
until the artist was sure his original acrylic painting was being perfectly reproduced.
Awards Manager Sue Archibald said this represents 
a “fantastic use of screen print and merges craftsmanship with old and new technology.”

03 May 2015

Intro to Screenprint Class, 9 May, Auckland

Learn the basics of screenprinting in just one day, this Saturday 9 May, 10am-4pm,
and take advantage of the opportunity to make a gift for Mothers Day on Sunday 10 May 
or make a gift for yourself (cards, cushion cover, teatowels etc).

This Introduction to Screenprinting course introduces you to the essential pieces of equipment, 
the processes and techniques, as well as hands-on printing time. 
With the guidance of an experienced tutor, 
you will learn how to make both hand-cut stencils 
and a demonstration of the basics of photo emulsion for more detailed designs.

Cost $135 per person. Inks, paper, screens and equipment provided. 
 Teatowels and material for cushion covers available for purchase from tutor on the day, or bring your own.

This course is in central Auckland, and is suitable for beginners. 
With class numbers restricted to a maximum of 4 students per class, 
you'll get more assistance, and the content can be tailored to your own project ideas. 

I currently have one space available, but get in quick before someone else takes that space!!
Please click here to email Delwyn to confirm availability, payment is required to confirm booking.