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.”