G.W.Bot ‘A Life with Linos’ workshop

Residency Dates: 5 – 9 March 2014 | Workshop Dates: 2 – 4 March 2014

“Creativity is an act of uncertainty- the image is not done until it is created, so take the plunge, take a risk, find your own TOUCH and just do it.” (G.W.Bot)

Conversing with G.W. Bot throughout the workshop gave us an insight into how her art reflects her philosophical approach to life.  She said “Print of each other’s DNA”…”my stories, my space; I am the artist”. We were encouraged to see linocut as an extension of drawing.  G.W.Bot started the workshop with a conversation about the different “degrees of touch”, referring to the different marks that can be achieved on the lino using the same tools.  Each artist has their own touch: Matisse produced some simple linocuts that show the same line in different forms – harder pressure on the lino tool created a higher sound while softer pressure created a lower sound. This approach contrasted against Durer woodcuts that showed a more controlled realist approach.  Different approaches of mark making created different signatures of the artists.

G.W. encouraged students to work at their own pace, we could just spend the 3 days carving if wished or, as the majority of students did, carved 3 linocuts and printed non- stop……keeping G. W. on her toes for 3 days. She also encouraged us to experiment and let each print determine the next step. For me, I enjoyed the calm approach, first exploring dry embossing on previously printed images, a great technique with lots of potential for artist’s books. Second, I painted onto the lino with acrylic paint with a broad brush in a Motherwell/Tapies style and then carved the lino, a technique that created a more organic design.  I also used the soft and hard pressure applied to the roller and enjoyed the simplicity of hand rolling with the wooden rolling pin. Overall, the 3 days went fast and beautiful prints were produced, either as part of an ongoing process or as final.

Written by Karen Landt-Isley, photography by Jo Lankester & Umbrella Studio

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Lithography, drawing into print with Peter Lancaster

Peter Lancaster: Master Lithographer
Residency Dates: 12 -15 November 2013 | Workshop Dates: 16 – 18 November 2013

“Peter Lancaster’s teaching and demo’s were very inspiring” 

“Thanks to Peter and Eliza for their time and extending their knowledge and help to all the workshop participants.”


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Review of Impact 8 Conference


The University of Dundee, Scotland, played host in late August to this year’s global printmaking conference, IMPACT8.  The east coast of Scotland at the end of Summer provided beautiful weather for delegates including a large contingent of Australians who presented papers, exhibitions or folios or just enjoyed all of the above, possibly because IMPACT7 was hosted by Monash University in Melbourne and many of us who were there wanted more.

Although the conference title ‘Borders and Crossings: the artist as explorer’  promised to explore the many aspects of print practice, for this delegate, two main themes dominated the series of parallel sessions, new technologies in the form of 3D Printing, and Appropriation particularly through the by now naturalised practice of ‘cut and paste’.  The latter culminated in an hilarious mock-forum cum performance “Appropriate appropriations” by panelists dressed as Albrecht Durer, Berthe Morisot, Andy Wahol and Jeff Koon. You can read more on the themes on the IMPACT8 homepage.

Diversity was to be found in the keynote addresses each day, from the generational Publishing family of DC Thompson, to International artist Suzanne Anker whose work crosses the boundaries of science and art, and Richard DeMarco’s account of his association with Joseph Beuys. Of the many exhibitions and exhibitors, exceptional were the linocuts of Sean Caulfield, Centennial Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta.

The conference wrapped up with a céilidh (pronounced kay-lee) a traditional Gaelic celebration of food and dance. Whilst the food was under-catered and uninspiring, the Scottish Whiskey welcome and old-time highland dance band had the crowd flinging arms and flying feet with the kilted local males and stylish young females, a fitting closure that left one quite appreciative of Scottish culture and a thirst to explore more.

Written by Donna Foley