|Work in progres|
Janine, part Scandinavian, is an artist working with print, text and fabric to create individual pieces. An award winning bookbinder she began the day showing a few of the things she creates under the pseudonym of
|One of Janine's glorious collograph plates|
We built up low relief textures on mount board, carving into the board too,; we used bits if vintage haberdashery, eggshells, shiny surface card etc to create texture - this became our printing 'plate.'
|Pam's synchronized swimmers|
Everything was held down with wood glue and varnished with shellac; the plates dried in the sun outside while we ate lunch before getting our hands dirty.
Janine discussed the work of artist Rex Ray - and Lance Letscher, artworks made by a similar process of collage.
Heavy weight cartridge paper and 'Fabriano Rosaspina' paper (there's a name to conjure with) were cut to size and put to soak in a water bath whilst we were shown the methods of blind embossing, inking plates and running plates through the roller press.
|Janine with Pam at the small press|
The rest of the afternoon was ours to experiment - with sandwiches of newsprint, inked (or not) plate, fabriano, newsprint, blanket and a good bit of exercise for upper arm definition we all came away with printed designs.
|Nichola exercising on the big roller|
Many of course worked on fabrics - we're textile artists, what else? Some had followed ideas around the kickstart theme, and water played a significant part in many ideas; others just played with the process.
|Carol inking up her watery themed plate|
Another generous artist, providing multi coloured inks, papers, and all the equipment necessary for a fabulous workshop - thanks Janine!
|Blind embossing - inspired by the previous days' cartoon workshop|
Comments from the feedback sheets:
"A very enjoyable day - lots of energy from the tutor"
"...this tutor was absolutely brilliant!"
"... excellent - fantastic day"
" completely ignorant of technique but by the end of the day I had made three good prints - excellent tutor!"