This year our postcard exhibition was with Hawkes Bay Printmakers from NZ, as well as with out constant partners PressNorth Printmakers from Townsville. Once again the works are diverse, using many different printmaking methods and expressing many different points of view.
Firestation Print Studio postcards
Hawkes Bay Printmakers (and venue for their exhibition opening)
We again had Guy Begbie here at Firestation Print Studio teaching three different classes of book making. The first was really interesting... Dos a Dos which ended up being Dos a Dos a Dos as there were three "book" bound into one. The next day a few diehards did Perfect Single Sheet Binding which was more technical, but we all produced good results. Lastly, we had a huge class for Draw on your iPad like David Hockney which was really fun and people made very different but wonderful books at the end.
Firestation Print Studio and Atlanta Printmakers are NFP printmaking studios. We decided to do an exchange exhibition and this is the result. Pretty impressive!!!! So pleased. Congratulations to all the artists.
Sue Poggioli, one of our favourite remote members, worked hard to produce a heap of works for this show. I was overseas, so have had to rely on pictures from others.... but they look good!
Member Margaret Meadows and her two friends Susan Harris and Fay Valcanis combined to produce a wonderful pop up show of their differing methods all themed about Urchins (the sea variety). There was a lot of hilarity and champers involved and Fay wrote on FB: Exhibited my first work as part of Urchins Three, in collaboration with Margaret Meadows and Susan Harris. Thanks for the opportunity. We love helping people have their first exhibition!
Open Day this year was on the 20th August and we had a fun crowd. Allan Dabscheck and Wendy Leason were demonstrating the letterpress, we had printmakers on the big presses in the studio and upstairs, the Artist's studios were open as well. The gallery had the Remote Members show in it.
A very exciting exhibition by our remote members, some of whom I have never met. It is always exciting to open a package containing artworks, but to open a package from an artist whose work you've never seen is VERY exciting indeed. So we have had a ball! I've had the very good fortune to be assisted by Rebecca, a young intern from the Catholic University.
Heres some pics and a video of the exhibition that Rebecca made (in two parts). Thanks Rebecca!
The exhibition was from 10th August to 3rd September.
After the exhibition of Sydney artist Wendy Sharpe, printmakers were asking to learn soft ground etching
I organised Antonietta to teach us the difficult skill of soft ground etching. Its really not difficult, but its sort of temperamental and very very touchy. Some of us made etchings of our fingerprints (accidentally, not like Chuck Close who did it deliberately!). I love it though as you can directly draw and get a really soft pencil feel to the line, but I need to do a lot more practice before I can produce a real print! We all had a good time though, which is always essential to a good workshop. Toni is an excellent and patient teacher.
Studio West End, Brisbane brought down a magnificent exhibition by 20 printmakers who are part of their studio family. Editioned into a boxed set, these works were interesting from the many, varied and often unusual methods used. One set was given to the Print Council of Australia (in the form of Marguerite Brown (our former curator) while Martin King from Australian Print Workshop gave the opening address. We had four printmaking entities present at once! There are a couple of sets available at the time of writing for purchase, contact Adele Outteridge or Wim de Vos directly!
Had a lovely visit from Kir Larwell, president of the newly formed community access printmaking studio in Castlemaine. We are looking forward to collaborating with exchanges and exhibition opportunities. They have a huge membership of 75 up there, its such an arty area! If you are visiting the area, make sure you pop in and have a look.....