A whole year has gone by

Friday, 9 December 2016

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 agreat 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. Absolutelytoo short of time, loved every minute.

The view of theRoss 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.