Archive for March, 2019

White line printing with Sandy Webster

Beach!

Sandy Webster is an accomplished artist from the US who was kind enough to fit in our workshop before returning home. Day One was cutting the first woodblock and printing, first print on the right, lots of mistakes to learn from! I will experiment a little more with this block- have added some dremel holes and will change up the colours, print individual ones as well.

Weedy seadragon

Day two, a little better on the printing skills, not totally happy with the carving from the original sketch-the original was more floaty and this looks rather heavy but the tools I had were not small enough for really fine detail. I will also experiment a little more with this- try with a turquoise background.

Thank you Sandy for a very intensive learning experience, practice makes perfect as demonstrated by some of the more experienced printmakers in the group. And thank you to Kerrie at Studio@54, you always have wonderful hospitality and workshops.

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March 31, 2019 at 7:16 pm 1 comment

Inspiring day at the School of Lost Arts

I have enjoyed a wonderful, inspirational day on the principles of biophilic design, patterns and principles at the School of Lost Arts as a part of Melbourne Design Week. The day began with the first of several very inspiring speakers, Dr Mary-Jane Walker, a biologist and artist who, along with her family, owns the magnificent ‘saved from development’ property, the School of Lost Arts.

Biophilic design is a very important concept which could be the basis of, not only the wellbeing of all urbanites, but also the saving of this planet of ours. I had a crash course in biophilic ‘patterns’ with Dr Phillip Roos from Deakin Geelong Waterfront.

Unfortunately I could only attend two of the sessions on offer, it was a pity to miss any of them, however the image transfer onto birch plywood was a wonderful, creative activity with designer Nicola Cerini in Mary-Jane’s beautiful garden art studio. Using Nicola’s pre-prepared designs, we could transfer these to birch plywood using two different techniques.

Nicola’s images

Phil abstracted the designs beautifully. Below are some shots of the variety of boards produced in just an hour:

Birch ply honeycomb

My design was pretty straightforward, the idea is to go home and produce some more of our own designs, but I am thinking this could make a cute little 3 legged side table:

My kookaburras

And my t-shirt arrived from the Mirka for Melbourne Pozible campaign and fits well:

Mirka for Melbourne

March 23, 2019 at 9:26 pm 1 comment

Gelli printing and seadragons

Our GeeTAG meeting for March was a fun experimentation with gelli printing using texture and a stencil of a seadragon.

Seadragon stencils
Gelli print texture


March 10, 2019 at 9:59 pm Leave a comment


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