"Cock a Doodle Do" Sandpaper Aquatinted copperplate - etched, burnished and scraped and final printed image.
International Print Exchange III - Celebration of the Day of the Dead and the Centenary of the death of Posada a prominent Mexican printmaker. ( see June 2013 Blog entry)
Each printmaker who entered, submitted an edition of 15 of a print on the theme and in exchange they will receive a set number of prints (12) by other printmakers who have submitted editions. This exhibition is the whole collection of submitted images in such a variety of printing techniques from all over the world. Printmaker Damon Kowarsky is the driving force behind this exhibition in Melbourne. All are invited to come along to the opening. I am looking forward to receiving my exchange prints from America in the mail shortly and also seeing the whole collection of over 200 prints.
Above: Images of the scraping and burnishing with tools Above: the initial inking up process of the plate.
" Madonna of Sorrow" - Homage to Michelangelo's "Pieta"
lino cut/collagraph print .
Ochosi Editions in Illinois USA conducted The Madonna International Print Exchange II in 2013. The deadline for edition submissions was Oct 25th 2013. The exchange was open to printmakers around the globe and the submitted prints will be exhibited at the Benedictine University in the American spring and then the Brannigan Centre New Mexico with other locations to be notified. The theme was the Madonna , the virgin Guadalupe, Yemaya, Mother Mary, Marian subjects, motherhood, nurturing and a wide range of printing techniques were accepted. The paper size was to be 8"x 11" and the image presented could be up to that size or within. All prints were to be on archival paper. An edition of 15 prints were to be submitted and in return a random selection of printmakers prints will be sent back to all participants early in 2014.
The printmakers hail from 12 US states and 4 international countries.
Above: The first and the final proof from a water based acrylic hard ground etching on copper. Etched in a Ferric Chloride bath. Printed with Akua water based inks.
Above: Results of a Non toxic Soft Ground etch... ground made with 2 parts water based relief printing ink and 1part clear based floor polish & liquitex pouring medium mix. Interesting background created in the pressing through the press of textures into the soft ground. (It was not quite dry so it lifted a little) Inked up with several colours, it could produce an interesting print.
I spent two fantastic days with valued friend and accomplished Printmaker, Rosemary Eagle. www.rosemaryeagle.com
Above are the results of one of the areas covered, a hard ground copper etching with non toxic techniques.
Rosemary also introduce soft ground and sugar lift. ( I have yet to enhance this plate, in my own studio, with dry point and roulette techniques) So much to learn, explore and refine. The two days spent with an accomplished printmaker such as Rosemary Eagle has given me inspiration and a wonderful insight into the non toxic techniques of etching. I can't wait to explore the techniques in earnest in my own studio.
Rosemary's husband John Eagle is also a recognised artist in the ceramic area. His elegant forms feature beautiful glazes and he makes a mean Chocolate cake. ( not in his kiln of course!) http://johneagle.weebly.com
All in all they are a pretty inspiring couple and I thank them for their generosity.
Above: Barb Venn's experiments in the combination of Drypoint and Monotype techniques, using plastic plates and also dark field monotype.
I conducted 2 print work shops with the Grampians Brushes Workshop Festival 7th-12th September 2013 using environmentally friendly "Akua" water based Inks and versatile Fabriano acid free Italian Printing paper.
MONOTYPE & DRYPOINT- 2 days
Above: Diana Wiseman's results
COLLAGRAPH Workshop - 4 days
Above: Collagraphs by Diana Wiseman
Grampians Brushes Workshop Festival 7th - 12th Sept 2013
Pictured are Collagraph printing samples - images and blocks printed with "Akua" Waterbased Inks.
I am virtually packing up my Studio and transporting it out to Halls Gap on Friday until Thursday afternoon of the next week... the Printing Press, all my materials, prints off the wall and out of my drawers. It should be a wonderful week of printing with my participants. Sat & Sunday - Monotype/Monoprint and Drypoint. Monday through to Thursday - Collagraph. I am looking forward to meeting David Frazer too who is conducting several print workshops on relief printmaking and etching. Many other workshops will be conducted in other art fields with highly respected instructors. Marion Mathews and her team have organised a wonderful program once again.