Wednesday, 22 February 2017

new website

DA DAH at last I have a new website. have a look and let me know what you think

Friday, 9 December 2016

A whole year has gone by

A year has flown by since I visited this blog, and what a year, lots of travel, lots of print and lots of meeting fabulous new printmaking colleagues.
I guess I should work backwards through the year.

East Exhibition

I was delighted to have my work "Earth Stones" accepted by the selector Lisa Reihana for the biennial exhibition "EAST" in Hawkes Bay which is currently showing at Hastings City Art Gallery.
These works are individually my largest plaster printed work and presented all sorts of challenges but I am pretty satisfied with the results. The installation consists of eight pieces, here's a wee sample.
Each stone is approx. 400mm dia.


I was very chuffed to read the article by Nan Mulder (thanks Nan) in the latest Printmaking Today about my printmaking on plaster journey. Its a great magazine for printmakers all around the world.

 Residency, exhibitions, workshops

It was wonderful to be invited to AiR at Umbrella Studio Gallery in Townsville
Queensland, Australia.
What a  great time I had. The accommodation was super and the welcome very warm ( literally, up in the early 30% which was a bit of a shock coming from the colder climes  of NZ) and friendly. I felt right at home immediately.
Fortunately my few days stop off in Brisbane helped me acclimatise. 
I spent the time at Umbrella working with plaster printmaking and using seed pods and leaves gathered at the beautiful botanical gardens. A visit to the excellent Perc Tucker Regional Gallery was a bit of highlight. I also was able to visit a lovely little gallery, Gallery 48 where the PCANZ, "Leaving Your Mark" 50 year collaborative prints were being exhibited. The residency culminated with me teaching a two day plaster printmaking workshop with some of the amazing local Townsville printmakers.
Absolutely  too short of time, loved every minute

the view of the  Ross River on my morning walk to the studio

experimenting with plaster printmaking inspired by found seed pods

 Exhibition:  Across the Ditch, and workshop

On my way to Townsville I spent a few days in Brisbane, staying with printmaker Glenda Orr. Glenda and I co-curated the exhibition Across the Ditch an print exchange
between Impress Printmakers and PCANZ members. it was wonderful to be at the opening of this exhibition, meet Brisbane printmakers and enjoy the beautiful gallery space at Impress Studio.
The Saturday and Sunday following the exhibition opening I taught a plaster printmaking workshop to members of Impress Studio. a great facility and a very enjoyable time. Not sure what has happened to all my photos , so won't be able to share unfortunately.



Monday, 23 November 2015

Such a long time

its been such a long time since I have posted anything here, put it down to a VERY busy year. So I will do a bit of a catch up.

                                      views of the beautiful Murray River from our houseboat

Australian Print Triennial  Mildura 29th October / 1st November
Much to my delight I was invited to give a demonstration on my process of plaster printmaking. what a fantastic event it was, tremendously well organised, an excellent
range of presentations, wonderful hospitality and a fabulous opportunity to meet with so many printmakers. I can't rate this event highly enough, put my name down for the next one!
But of course a lot of time was spent prior to the event preparing examples to take with me. This posed a bit of a problem as most of my work is large and the weight made it impossible to carry on the plane. so the answer ...create a selection of mini works that illustrated various techniques. The images below are a sample of what I demonstrated.

plaster printmaking samples
My work "Walking the dog, Vines" was also shortlisted for  Mildura Print Prize exhibition,  the selector Sasha Grishin,

Thinking of Place
I am part of this exhibition  the New Zealand end has been organized by Prue Macdougall and Delwyn Holder which involves 60 printmakers from North and South Island in New Zealand the Goldfields and Melbourne printmakers groups and Inkmasters , Cairns Australia. the print  "Faultlines" I submitted is a collograph and emboss referencing the 1931 Napier earthquake

 Common Ground
In August Auckland printmaker Jacqueline Aust  and I had a joint exhibition at the Art Vault Mildura, an amazing art gallery, residency space in the middle of nowhere  on the NSW, VIC border in Australia, quite an experience
been a really busy year for workshops at both schools and with adult groups, all wonderful participants and I have had a fabulous time. I always come away from a workshop I have taught feeling I have gained as much from the students as they have from me, so just a few images from these classes.
Primary and intermediate workshops
The workshops were over several days the children were working with found materials constructing artists books and creating prints to be hung, using offset printing techniques, chine colle, and the most fun of all burning holes! this is a selection from several school programmes.






Adult Workshops
and just a brief selection of students work from some of the adult workshops I have taught. I feel I have really travelled the country this year teaching workshops from the bottom of the South Island to middle of the North Island, so much fun, so rewarding.
The workshops have used a wide range of techniques that explore texture and markmaking, upcycling old prints, using stencilling, monoprint, chine colle and a range of mediums not usually associated with traditional printmaking to create multi medium prints.






Sunday, 22 March 2015

painterly woodcut workshop

I am running a workshop on the 19th of April for Painterly Woodcuts, its is limited to 6 people. It has proved SO popular that it filled in 1 day so I am also going to run the same workshop a week earlier on SUNDAY THE 12TH OF APRIL the same information applies as on the poster, just the dates changed. love to see you there,

Monday, 16 March 2015

First Impressions Art Exhibition 2015

these two works were selected for the Mairangi Bay Arts Centre "First Impressions" Exhibition 2015
The exhibition is on from March the 4th to March 28th.
the selectors were Mark Graver, Struan Hamilton, Steve Lovett and Dr Carole Shepheard ( Judge)
Title: Walking the dog, Vine1,
Walking the Dog, Vine II
2 plate collagraph, chine colle.


Saturday, 28 February 2015

Oamaru Mixed Media Printmaking Workshop

I had a fantastic time teaching at Kim Brashes Blue Fantail Studio which is situated in the North Otago Art  Society premises, the historic Custom House building. I was so pleased to be invited to teach there and have the opportunity to spend some time in beautiful Oamaru.

 The studio space was great to work in and all of those on the mixed media printmaking course worked incredibly hard and produced fabulous work. Here's just some of the results.