Monday, 17 September 2018

"Forest has the Blues" at the Auckland Botanic Gardens

Just one week after packing up our installation and group exhibition at the Depot Artspace we reinstalled "Forest has the Blues", in a slightly different format, at the Auckland Botanic Gardens.

"Forest has the Blues" thanks Toni Mosley for her invitation 
to accompany "Symbiosis" in the beautiful Huakaiwaka gallery.

To read about the background of the collaborative project 

Installation was much quicker 2nd time round. 
Being a different space it wasn't simply a repeat 
of what we had done before although we did repeat some 
of the groupings that worked especially well.

 We wanted to include a higher proportion of the 
Pukekohe High School students' work as this venue is closer 
to their home turf so we hoped they, and their families, 
would have more of an opportunity to visit the exhibition.

Moth plant & Morning Glory linocuts by Toni Hartill

 Student Celebration

To celebrate the students' involvement we held an informal 
gathering at the gallery towards the end of the exhibition period. 
This was a great opportunity to meet some of the students 
who had participated, and their families.  



A group exhibition looking at relationships 
between plants, trees and organisms. 
Curated by Toni Mosley.

 Rachel Schanzer
Kheang Ov
Phillipa Bentley
Toni Hartill
Donna Dold
Nicola Ov
Elle Anderson
Celia Walker
Prue MacDougall
Esther Hansen
Helen Bankers

All good things must end and so on the 10th Sept 
we took it all down again and it is now wrapped and stored away 
til a new iteration of the show emerges next year.

We are currently planning and experimenting to decide 
how we will evolve the show, stretching and developing 
our skills and ideas.

We have new venues booked for next year 
so follow our progress as we work towards 
these all-new installations and exhibitions. 

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Many, many thanks to everyone 
who has visited 
and responded so positively 
to our efforts!

"Forest has the Blues" & Imprint magazine!

"Forest has the Blues" has certainly exceeded our expectations 
of what we might achieve with it so far!

An absolute highlight and complete surprise has been to have my moth plant linocut chosen as the cover image for the Spring 2018 edition of Imprint magazine.

Imprint is the quarterly magazine dedicated to contemporary fine art printmaking published by the Print Council of Australia. Become a member of the PCA to receive a subscription to Imprint and you’ll also receive entry forms to some of the current awards and competitions available to artists.

 Forest has the Blues is a collaborative print project, initiated by Celia Walker and includes 7 artists and fourteen year 13 students from Pukekohe High School. You can read more about the project in my previous blogs here and here.

Celia has written for Imprint before and so was keen to submit an article about this project. We were very  excited to hear that her article was accepted. We were beyond delighted when we received our own copies to see the article and photographs fill 5 pages.

Article by Celia Walker, image: cyanotype by Celia Walker

Images: Wonderment and Awe by Kheang Ov & Forest has the Blues installation.

Images: Gone to Pasture Every One by Toni Hartill, Cyanotype fabric by Elle Anderson.

Image: Woodcut prints by Pukekohe High School Students

Congratulations and thanks to Celia Walker 
for her passion and hard work to bring this to fruition!

Friday, 24 August 2018

"Passages" - a joint show

 Celia Walker and I are presenting a small show of a 
selection of works in the Tindall Hallway
at the Lake House Arts Centre, Takapuna.

Many thanks to Lake House Arts for providing members of 
Studio Printmakers Collective the generous use of the hallway gallery space
for a permanent, revolving monthly exhibition.

Celia's works include print and collage landscape-based works 
while my works, all also landscape-based, use a variety of techniques 
including monoprint, stenciling, collograph, embossing and linocut.

 "Coastal Cruising I - VI"

Monoprint, collograph, stencilling, embossing.

This work is part of a series inspired by my time spent cruising the 
Northland Coast of NZ, following in the trails of my grandfather, 
AH Pickmere, who mapped this coastline.

Using "The Pickmere's Atlas" as our guide
 it is impossible not to be inspired by the ever-changing patterns of the sea, the big sky, 

(I can never have too much big sky), and  the infinite off-shore islands 
and isolated rocks peppering the coastline.

These works were created using many, many layers of pattern and texture 
applied with stencils, collagraph plates, monoprinting techniques and finished off 
with an element of blind embossing.

All works are framed in a 12" x 16" white frame 
with a Spanish White mat.

Coastal Cruising Series by Toni Hartill

 Also included will be these 2 mini prints created as part of a series of works 
about the decimation of the Kahikatea forests of the Hauraki Plains.

"Faded Glory"
Monoprint, linocut by Toni Hartill

"Faded Roots"
Monoprint, linocut by Toni Hartill

showing in the main gallery  at Lake House Arts Centre 
will be an exhibition by members of 

"Four Seasons in One Gallery"

 Opening Event: 
Monday 27th August
at 6pm.

Please join us to celebrate 
the work of our members.

 I am very pleased to also have 
two mini prints in this exhibition.

Huge thanks to Viv, Gillian and Carolyn 
for all their work in making this show happen!