27 January 2011

Easy Print Workshop at LakeHouse, 27 February

The LakeHouse in Takapuna is offering this one day printmaking workshop:

Easy Print One Day Workshop (DSW4)
Spend the day making and printing collagraphs.
Experiment with colour and mixed media processes to produce a series of individualized original prints.
Sunday 27 February, 10am-4pm
Being tutored by Denice Symons, only 3-5 students, cost $130 (all materials supplied)

If you are interested, see LakeHouse's website to enquire about booking.

25 January 2011

Brad Novak

I really enjoy hearing about innovations, slightly out of the norm,
so thought I'd give you a quick update on 2 items of recent news from Brad Novak:

Printing on the back of the acrylic to retain the gloss surface,
Brad has developed a unique technique to give a mirror-like-effect
(seen in the picture below as relection of the floorboards in the tiki). 
The 'mirror' is in different locations on each variant edition.

Brad Novak, Reflect-A-Tiki 1.1, 2010
5-colour Screenprint on Polycarbonate, 60x60cm, edition of 20.

Also, just before Christmas, 3 of Brad's images were showcased on Mr.Vintage t-shirts.
The NZ Artist Series designs are strictly limited edition, with only 50 of each t-shirt produced.
Each garment is individually numbered, along with the artist's signature,
and is packaged in custom-made personalised wooden gift boxes.
I think there are still a few left, if you want one, see the Mr.Vintage website to order.

Brad Novak, Eye Chart For Aotearoa
Mr.Vintage t-shirts, limited edition of 50.

There is also a few pages about Brad in Denis Robinson's book
called New Zealand Gallery, which came out in October 2010.

Good work Brad! I wonder what will be next???

24 January 2011

Summer Holiday Exhibitions

I just returned from a little roadtrip, and on my way back I stopped in Wellington
 to see the Print Council of Australia exhibition which is on at Solander Gallery.

Kati Thamo (Australia), Shifting Ground, 2009
Two-colour linocut 

It is a very interesting and diverse show of works
selected from their Commissioned Prints Archive,
 and definitely worth going in for a look if you are in the area.

Lynne Taylor, Coming Into Shore, 2009
Intaglio, paper size 17x60cm, edition of 12.
 I also got one of the last NZ copies of the catalogue for the Out of the Box exhibition
currently on at Tweed River Art Gallery in Australia,
with an impressive 27 contemporary NZ printmakers!
Congratulations to all you kiwis involved in that, the catalogue looks awesome!
Karen Stevens, Dead River Water Tank, 2010
Woodcut and stitching, paper size 44x52cm, edition of 7.

Did you get to see any print exhibitions over the summer holidays??
Or discover any NZ printmakers we should know about???
Add a comment below or email me, I'd love to hear about it!

17 January 2011

Linocut Award 2011

Just thought I'd give you plenty of advance notice
that the 2011 SilkCut Lino Award
closing date for entries is Friday 10 June 2011
but you may want to start preparing your artworks now...

2010 winner: Bridget Hillebrand, Seven-and-Twenty Lakes
Linocut, 40x130cm

Grand prize is aquisitive, and includes:
 a return air fare to Amsterdam plus 10 days’ accommodation, valued at $10,000
plus $1000 spending money, organised tours and activities
OR a monetary prize of $8000

2009 winner: John Ryrie, The Moon's Reflection, 2009
Linocut, 70x100cm

The exhibition will be held at the Glen Eira Gallery, Victoria, Australia
from 3-18 September 2011

You can check out all the entry info at SilkCut Lino's Website

15 January 2011

Beauty In Art Lecture

I enjoyed watching this 'illustrated' TED lecture by Dennis Dutton.
It discusses the role of beauty in art from a Darwinian perspective.
Even though it is not specifically about printmaking,
it is interesting to watch just for the illustrations.

Dennis is an art theorist from Christchurch, and the author of "The Art Instinct".
This video was made in collaboration with animator Andrew Par.

It's only 15 minutes long, so grab a coffee...
What do you think???

13 January 2011

Marci Tackett

I was just browsing Marci Tackett's website
and thought the new cellular series she exhibited in December was interesting.
I particularly like the monotypes which look quite spontaneous and intuitive.

Marci Tackett, Monotype 1

Marci studied fine art in the United States in the 1990s and moved to Wellington in 2006.
Her practice includes printmaking, painting,encaustic and a range of dry media.
She teaches printmaking at The Learning Connexion School of Art and Creativity
and runs Snapshot – a studio and periodic gallery space in Island Bay, Wellington.
Click on this link to see more of her images.

Monotypes are quite a fun way to 'draw' in printmaking, quick and easy.
Perhaps a good way to get started for the year?

08 January 2011

Print Council of Australia Exhibition, Wellington

Solander Works on Paper will be kicking off their 2011 program
with an exhibition of selected works from the Print Council of Australia,
commissioned print archives.
The exhibition runs from the 15 January to 12 February.

Each year the Print Council of Australia commission a selection of editioned prints
from emerging and established Australasian artist-printmakers.
Subscribers to the Print Council of Australia can then choose a print from these editions.
PCA commissioned prints are a great way to build a collection of quality fine art prints
and these works are now found in significant Australian collections.

If you are in Wellington over summer then go check it out.
I'd also encourage you to post a comment and tell us what you think,
and if you see a piece that you love we'd love to hear about it.

06 January 2011

Screenprint Workshop at ArtStation, 5-6 February

ArtStation in Ponsonby is offering this two-day printmaking workshop:

Silk Screen Printing
This intensive workshop is for students who want to transfer their ideas into multiple prints,
using a variety of stencils, including photographic silkscreen, on paper or fabric.
5-6 February 2011 from 10am-4pm
Being tutored by Kate McLean, maximum of 8 students, cost $205.

If you are interested see ArtStation's website to enquire about booking.

05 January 2011

Wanted: Vandercook SP15 Proofing Press

I wondered if any of you NZ Printmakers can help with this...?

Russell Frost is returning from UK to NZ in April
and is trying to find a Vandercook SP15 Proofing Press (or similar manual model) in NZ.

Russell emailed NZPrintmakers to ask if anyone might have one for sale / use,
or if you know someone in NZ that owns a Vandercook please get in contact.
Click here for Russell's email  or email me if you want phone numbers.

Print Classes at ArtStation in Term 1

ArtStation in Ponsonby is offering these three printmaking classes in Term 1:

Silk Screen Printing
This course covers all aspects of silkscreen printing on fabric and paper
including simple paper stencil methods, screen block techniques and more complex photo-screen methods.
Tuesdays, 6.30pm-9pm, starts 1 February 2011 (9 weeks)
Being tutored by Kate McLean, maximum of 8 students, cost $320

Mixed Media Printmaking
Students will learn stencil and photographic screenprinting,
and aspects of intaglio printmaking and paper embossing.
Thursdays, 6pm-9pm, starts 3 February 2011 (9 weeks)
Being tutored by Jonathan Brown, maximum of 8 students, cost $320

Viva lo Stampato!
This course covers direct printing techniques such as wood and linocuts as well as an introduction to etching.
Mondays, 6.30pm-9pm, starts 8 February 2011 (9 weeks)
Thursdays, 10am-12.30pm, starts 3 February 2011 (9 weeks)
Both being tutored by Elizabeth Serjeant, maximum of 8 students, cost $320

If you are interested see ArtStation's website to enquire about booking.

(Did you also know that you can hire the ArtStation's Print Studio for just $20 for a whole day?!)

Print Classes at LakeHouse in Term 1

The LakeHouse in Takapuna is offering these two printmaking classes in Term 1:

Printmaking (DSA4)
Enjoy learning printmaking methods from simple forms such as PVA, card & collagraph to woodcut. Experiment with colour and mixed media processes to produce a series of individualized original prints.
Wednesdays, 12.30-2.30pm, starts 9 February 2011 (8 weeks)
Being tutored by Denice Symons, only 2-6 students, cost $255 (all materials supplied)

Screen Printing (SKA1)
A technique of printing a sharp-edged image using a hand held screen.
Learn how to mix and apply printing inks on paper and fabric. 
Wednesdays, 9.30am-12.30pm, starts 9 February 2011 (8 weeks)
Being tutored by Susanne Khouri, only 5-8 students, cost $255 (some materials supplied)

If you are interested, see LakeHouse's website to enquire about booking.

03 January 2011

New Opportunites For 2011?

There will be printmakers all over NZ starting to plan new things for 2011
organising group print exhibitions, and offering printmaking classes or workshops,
so over the next few weeks I'll be adding a bunch of information for you
of the upcoming printmaking opportunities I know about.

Some of you may want to enrol to learn some new techniques or improve your existing skills,
others may just want to get together with other printmakers and have fun making prints!
Others may be looking to exhibit or collaborate with others working on a similar theme...

So if you are involved in organising any printmaking classes, workshops, or group print exhibitions,
then please feel free to email me the details to add to the blog.

Lets work together to enable more NZ printmakers to find new opportunities
to exhibit, network and upskill this year!


01 January 2011

NZ Printmakers' first post for 2011

Happy New Year to all you Printmakers & blog readers!

Firstly I want to thank you all for your support, encouragement, advice, information, updates, etc
I've been so appreciative of all the emails I've had over the past few months.
Your input has been essential in making this blog so successful!

I look forward to hearing from you again this year,
so keep sending me your exhibition invites, printmaking news and links!

Hopefully many of you kiwi printmakers will get to enjoy a little time off over the summer,
maybe a few hot summer days in your studios making prints,
perhaps having a bbq with other printmaking friends, teachers or students...
then please remember to tell them all these amazing NZ Printmakers we have on this blog!
(also now at www.nzprintmakers.com as well)

Got any print-related New Years Resolutions???