Tuesday, 31 March 2009

More from Inkspot Oregon

Just a few more pieces from Inkspot Oregon's most recently documented international print exchange portfolio. I had considered entering for this this year i.e., 2009 but I didn't think I'd have enough time to do it justice - although to be frank, I have often been disappointed with the prints I have received in exchange portfolios.

Been sort of left with the feeling that some of the other artists just haven't dedicated enough time and commitment to their pieces and they have instead output some rather rushed if not half hearted efforts that surely they wouldn't want to act as a representation of their worth as an artist. What are your thoughts.?

Having said that I do by now have a considerable print collection upstairs in the vault (only kidding) - it's the big cupboard in the office where we keep all the photography equipment and portfolios.

Apologies for the images being so small. It was all that was available.

The only link for these artists was Nate Bench's website.

Candace Nicol's website is within the previous post

Learn to make tradigital or Hybrid prints with CANDACE NICOL

Hybrid Intaglio Printmaking

Dates: July 15-17 (Wednesday - Friday)

Cost: $250 including 2 nights lodging - Wed. Thurs. - (meals are organized
between participants)

Deposit of $100 to SMAC by June 30.
Please call (775) 847-7774 or E-mail:
smacenter@earthlink.net Linda Nazemian, St. Mary's Art Center, Inc., PO Box
396, Virginia City, NV 89440
Instructor: Candace Nicol
Description: Artists will combine Solarplate etchings with collagraphs and
digital chine colle, to create interesting hybrid prints that combine
photographic images with layered textures and designs.

This 3-day workshop is designed to explore hybrid intaglio/digital
techniques. This is a class for any artistic level and no prior printmaking
experience is needed. The following techniques will be taught: Solarplate
printing, collagraph printing and digital techniques with chine-colle. (We
will be using an Epson 2200 printer and I will have my laptop. If you have
your own lap-top, that would be great. If not, bring images burned on a CD
or USB drive.)

Thursday, 26 March 2009

Tom Phillips and Ron Pokrasso

Have you heard of either of these artists ?   - it's quite likely that you have.
I first became aware of Ron Pokrassos artwork because of an image of his which I really loved.  It was in a book I had (still do somewhere) by Julia Ayres  (Ayres, J. Monotype. New York: Watson Guptill Publications, 1991.)
At the time I was trying to get somewhere with Monoprinting which was my first love in the realm of printmaking. I don't think I had my own etching press, back then,  so quite a few of my efforts were in vain. But that's another story and I digress.

It looked something like this image ( i.e., the image by Ron, that I particularly liked).    He had made an etching which he then made monoprinted 'areas' onto,  so that each time - it went through the press - it came out as a different image,  with the central character (as such) remaining constant.

I seem to remember that there was also a reference to his work, in my main printmaking technical manual until recently namely "Ross, J., C. Romano, and T. Ross. The Complete Printmaker. New York: The Free Press, 1990".

It's good to know that artists such as Ron also work or at least have experimented with Inkjet and traditional printmaking. Check out more of Ron's work at his very organized and extensive website.


I believe that most artists will have heard of the work of Tom Phillips and particularly his work "Humament" which is his most well known piece.
He has a website dedicated to it.  In fact whilst there -  I discovered that its possible to see a slideshow of all the pages in this renowned bookart piece.

Whilst there  I became aware that Tom has been using the medium of printmaking for quite some time   See more of his works at his website.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

More from IPCNY

Just a quick post with some recent finds at good old IPCNY (click on post heading to link to IPCNY).
Fistly Joe Waks - see his works on his website which is still under construction ( know the feeling Joe!!) Everything that isnt about actually making the works is such a drag.

The other artist whose name rings a bell is Robert Mueller - his website looks a little more finished ( I'm no one to talk !!) and I get the impression that he's a busy bee too.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

North Drive Press

North Drive Press is an annual art publication which launched in 2003. Each non-thematic issue contains interviews, texts, and multiples of all sorts, including prints, produced especially for NDP.

N D P has afforded a huge number of artists with the opportunity to produce and cheaply distribute new works in multiple form. It would seem that 2008 was the final annual publication.
Here are some images from NDP

Art For Humanity

Put simply “Art for Humanity” is an arts based project based in South Africa that I came across recently through Jan Jordaan. He is one of the main driving forces involved in this admirable and ambitious non profit based project. Located in Durban, and with an international ethos, it organizes research that advocates human rights issues.
The means of undertaking these can be in the form of e.g., print portfolios. exhibitions and billboards, all aimed towards social education and development.

Their website --- Ignore the “gobblygook” code at top of page and scroll down to settle into viewing the website where you will findinformation about previous and ongoing projects.

In 2007, "Women for Children” was one such project. An international print portfolio which invited 25 artists and 25 poets to participate by contributing work that addressed and raised awareness on the matter of children’s rights.

Included here is an image by Avitha Sooful and poem by Lebogang Mashile

My world in Mama’s hands
Lebogang Mashile

My world is in Mama’s hands and in Papa’s lap

On Oupa’s shoulders and on Gogo’s back

My world is an unformed promise

As soft as my flesh

Laced with a ferocious warning

Not to harm a hair’s breath

A different hue of love is calling

One compose of rivers wept

By those before me who prayed for morning

I crawl on their steps

In Mama’s hands and in Papa’s lap

On Oupa’s shoulders and on Gogo’s back.

I am a new day

Touch me gently
There is no going back.

Lefatshe la ka Matsohong a mme
Sesotho translation: Mohau Letsie

Lefatshe la ka moetshong a mme hedima ntate

Mahetleng a ntatemolo le mokotlong wa nkgono

Lefatshe la ka ke thepiso sa hlophiswang
Le bonolo jwaloka letlalo la ka
Le tletse dihlokomediso tse bohale
Hore ho seke ha utlwiswa moya bohloko
Mofuta o fapaneng wa lerato o ntse o bitsa
O tshwanang le noka ha e lla
Jwaloka bao ba tlileng pele ho nna ba rapella mafube

Ke kgasa mehlaleng ya bona

Matsohong a mme le hodima ntate

Mahetleng a ntatemoholo le mokokotlang wa nkgono

Ke letsatsi le letjha

Ntshware ka hloko
Ha ho sa na ho kgutlela morao


Click here to go directly to the ‘Women for Children” project page and to also view the “Dialogues” project currently in development which will be launched around the time of the 2012 World Cup Football tournament.


You can also visit their blog
which includes documentation of some of their workshops with various groups in community settings in the region.