Sunday, 10 July 2016

PCANZ Collaborative Prints - complete at last!

To read about this collaborative project click here to read a previous post.

These collaborative prints were created by 
50 PCANZ  (Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand) members, and NZ printmakers 
to celebrate the PCA (Print Council of Australia) 50 years of print, 2016.

The  new PCANZ website has just gone LIVE so be sure to visit it at:

(If you would like to know anything more about PCANZ, 
I am now an Auckland rep so please message me.)

by Group 1, PCANZ

Susan Hurrell-Fieldes, Kathy Boyle, Julz Henderson
Val Cuthbert, 
Deborah Crowe, Lisa Feyen
Charraz, Jane Stevens, Lynn Taylor, Delwyn Holder

"Habitat - A Print Dialogue"
by Group 2, PCANZ

Celia Walker, RobynTillman, Lisz Bodzworth, Jo Ogier, 
Antonia O’Mahony, Faith Thomas, Struan Hamilton, Kim Lowe, 
Marci Tackett, Steve Lovett & Emma McLellan

by Group 3, PCANZ

Nicola Ov, Bev Head, Maggie Dawson, Mark Graver
Pat Grove-Hills, Basia Smolnicki, 
Beth Charles
Kris Lockett, Ian Halliday, Carole Shepheard

"Evolutionary Forces"
by Group 4, PCANZ

Lynne Wilburn, Rosalie Thompson, Rosemary Mortimer
Di Harries, Julia Ellery, Kathy Reilly, Elle Anderson, 

John Pusateri, Prue MacDougall, Kyla Cresswell

by Group 5, PCANZ

Kheang Ov, Anna Nelson, Toni Hartill, Lee Brogan
Kate Buckley, Morag Shaw, Merle Bishop
Joan Taylor, 
Erinna Law-Szalay, Kate Rivers

Saturday, 2 July 2016

PCANZ Collaborative Print - Group 1 progression

This is a collaborative project I have been involved with this year.
To view other collaborative projects and an earlier post click here.

PCANZ Collaborative Print

"Leave Your Mark"

50 printmakers produce 5 collaborative prints
to celebrate the Print Council of Australia (PCA), 50 years of print, 2016.

Curated by Prue MacDougall.

For this project there are 5 groups of 10 printmakers.
Each group produced an edition of 12 prints and 2 APs.
Each printmaker will receive a final print that their group has produced.
One print from each group will be sent to the PCA to be exhibited under the umbrella of the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ).
Sets of the prints are also to be exhibited around NZ 
at various venues to be announced.

I have been involved with collating all of the images of the
prints in progress in order to create a record of the
evolution of the prints.

With a project like this I think that the process
is as, if not more, important than the final product.
With so many printmakers involved, all over the country,
it was a massive task to coordinate the project but in the end
it mostly went very well with just a few glitches along the way.

In the process of collating the images I have found it very interesting to look at the many ways in which the different printmakers have approached their contribution to the prints. Some used existing plates, some created entirely new plates in response to their print. Some techniques were complex and advanced and yet some were very simple.

It just goes to show that there is no right or wrong way
to approach a project like this, just "your" way. 

I will be making all of the images available in various formats, via PCANZ, once the final set of prints is completed and they are all ready to be exhibited.

In the meantime, here is Group 1's print as it progresses through the 10 printmakers.

Group 1

Susan Hurrell-Fieldes
Kathy Boyle
Julz Henderson
Val C
Deborah Crowe
Jane Stevens
Lynne Taylor
Delwyn Holder

"Freefall" by Group 1, PCANZ Collaborative Print

Exhibition dates:


Gallery 48, TOWNSVILLE, Q. AUSTRALIA 4810 - September to early October.

Canopy Gallery, CAIRNS Q. AUSTRALIA (waiting on final date)

The Tanks Art Centre, CAIRNS, Q.  AUSTRALIA  - a 'stand-by' program waiting to see for November
New Zealand:

     Collaborations Lysaght Watt Gallery. NZ HAWERA  9th August – 4 September.


CAN Gallery, NAPIER NZ 14TH 0ctober – 3 November.    

Alfred Memmelink Gallery, PETONE, NZ 1ST OCTOBER – 31ST OCTOBER. Prints will  be exhibited in Solander box.

Taylor Jensen Fine Art Gallery, PALMERSTON NORTH NZ – 4th – 28th  February 2017. 

Friday, 1 July 2016

My 1908 Ewbank Little Giant in action!

Isn't that a thing of beauty, or what!

Even on days when I'm not printing, I have been known 
to crank away on my little mangle just for the simple pleasure 
of hearing the cogs whirring. 

To see how an old mangle became my printing press see earlier posts here.

As a bit of a sidestep/distraction/procrastination from the studio today, 
I finally sat down to learn how to convert a movie file to a GIF 
so I can upload clips to my blog. 
And this is one clip I've been wanting to share since I got my mangle.

How hard can it be? right?

Several hours(!!) later, having discovered incompatibility problems with programs and files, so learning a whole heap of other new tricks, and some expert help from my in-house computer whizz son, I've at last succeeded.

Now I know what I now know,
it's not so hard...

Playing at creating "books"

Background papers - monoprint layers
by Toni Hartill

An ongoing project I am working on is playing around with constructing little "books", along a theme looking at mangrove environments. I say "books" because I have no formal skills in bookmaking - don't look too close! I'm approaching it from a printmaking point of view of trying to express ideas through the use of printmaking processes and book-like constructions - although again I'm probably breaking all the rules of book construction.

But, yes, it's fun.

Good to take time to "play"
and to try not to be too precious!

And to see where it leads me....

Assorted play using drypoint, monoprint and collograph.
by Toni Hartill

Long drypoint plate
by Toni Hartill

Drypoint layer
by Toni Hartill

Monoprint layers added for fold out "logbooks"
by Toni Hartill
Close up of cover - layers of collograph
and monoprint were used to create a leather-like effect.
by Toni Hartill

Papers are printed on both sides - in this case
with a tissue collograph plate.
by Toni Hartill

The landscape folds out of the book. The format
is inspired by the old log books my
grandfather, a surveyor, kept with all his field notes.
by Toni Hartill

I have quite a little collection amassing so I hope to exhibit them somewhere,
once I have worked through my many ideas.

Early days yet...