Print Day(s) In May 2019

On Saturday the 4th of May our workshop participated in “ Print Day In May” an International  printmaking event.

Print Day in May, is the first Saturday in May and celebrates the art and community of print makers. It’s a day to get together across the world to make prints. Each year the participation grows globally. This year we started an event which looks like becoming a regular event in our calendar. We re- registered as What Is It That Artists Do at The Wooden Haus. A blog post on their blog will follow soon.

Many thanks to Robynn and Sarah from Monterey Peninsula College (MPC), Monterey, CA. The MPC Fine Art Print Club (now the MPC Printmakers) for you patience!

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This fun day stretched over three days with seven adults and two kids participating. Including my own son …which doesn’t always happen.

Because the day happened to be the weekend before Mothers Day we focused on card making. participants however made cards for themselves as well. Lots of fun and serendipity… giggles and ink fingers all round! New friends were made.

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Avrils card printed on the Monday… we started decorating the envelopes as well!

Below is a series of images taken by myself and the print participants over three days. I was astounded by the enthusiasm, creativity and natural ability of many in the group….

The group itself gelled so well that it seems many will return!

Thank you to Print Day In May, Maryanne, Avril, Madeline next door, Zoe, Bee and Llyndell.

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Collectors’ Edition #6- 2019

During April I was invited to gift a small work to the Collectors Edition#6 at The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.

This exhibition raises funds for The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre’s Collection Acquisition Fund.

Over 80 original artworks by prominent artists were for sale a through silent auction.

My ” Bush fragment” went to a good home. 2019-03-27 17.39.39

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Workshop: Port Hacking Potters and Southern Printmakers

A big thank you to Anna Ryland from Port Hacking Potters and Marion Chapman from Southern Printmakers Association  for inviting us to teach our popular workshop in Sydney at the historic Cronulla School of the Arts.

It was a fabulous weekend and we can’t wait to see the fired results.

It was lovely to meet the artist from both of these prestigious organisations on Saturday the 30th of March. Below is a few snapshot images of the day off my phone…. and thank you to the 5 Printmakers who attended and 7 clay art art makers.

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The Eye of the Beholder- 2018

In November I was invited to exhibit at  Ten Forty Seven Gallery in Sydney in the group exhibition  ” The eye of the beholder”. 

The Theme of the exhibition was concerned with perceptions of beauty…

not only what we find visually beautiful but also what we relate to as beautiful experiences in our lives. The show will be called Eye of the Beholder as I want to encourage everyone to approach this theme from your own personal perspectives. Though their commonly shared perceptions of beauty, beauty can also be unique to individuals, based on our own experiences, dreams and memories. How you express this as an artist can be unconventional or conventional. I envisage the show as being a combination of the both. ”

Curator Christine Gleisner

Many thanks to Christine Gleisner for the invitation and Gary Shinfield for transporting the works.


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The Makers Studio- Introduction to printmaking on clay 19

Many thanks to the The Makers Studio Central Coast Inc  studio for inviting us to teach our popular Introduction to printmaking on clay workshop.

This one day workshop includes printmaking, embossing, and transfer of prints and painted images onto clay.  This workshop is a basic workshop utilising traditional printmaking techniques for all skill levels; it is concerned with the impression of colour,  texture and transfer of images onto wet clay surfaces. On the Central Coast we added a new layer to the delivery, including printing onto green ware tiles and simple hand building techniuqes.

Many thanks to the organisers- Cheryl Mc Coy and Therese Wilkins and The Central Coast Potters Society for their insight and support over the weekend.

Below are a few photographs of the workshop and the work produced by the 8 participants. the photographs of me demonstrating are by Therese Wilkins.

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Her house 1,2 and 3- Timeless Textiles

In the lead up to International Womens Day I created a small group of three works that I donated to a fundraiser organised by Timeless Textiles in Newcastle. Out of the Wood raised funds to support women, especially older women, who are homeless and living in their cars.

Contributing artists from around the world  created mixed media artworks using recycled timber and fibres, using textile art techniques. The timber used is recycled hardwood from Newcastle homes and donated by Round2timbers.

The pieces of wood that I selected were laser cut with circular target forms which i initially printed with a baren, not using a press. I felt the symbol was pertinent as women are often targets within the home/ privately and publicly.

This project really struck a chord for me early in 2018 because I was still in transit between Newcastle and The Blue Mountains. My son and I were living in other people’s houses and travelling 40 minutes every morning and afternoon to deliver my son to school and pick him up in Katoomba.

Over 12 weeks in two peoples homes we commuted and were “almost” transient… I can’t imagine what it would be like for other women living like this! It was scary. Even now with the mounting price of living, I worry about the potential to live our lives like that again. We moved into our wooden house in May.

My art practice is about family, place and memory, I use the symbol of the house a lot in my work it is a recurring symbol…and in this small series I wanted to make them quite fragile.


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Art and Soul with Susanna Steel

Below is the full set of images from our extraordinary workshop that took place a few weeks ago! A HUGE thanks to Susanna Steel for our crazy leap of ” faith” to travel from Newcastle to The Blue Mountains to co- facilitate with this one with us at The Wooden Haus.


Susanna Steel on Sunday before leaving Medlow Bath and heading home to Newcastle.

This workshop was our first collaboration here and hopefully not the last. We are thankful to the workshop participants that travelled here for the day and the locals who attended. The results were more that we envisioned!

We would be happy to travel elsewhere to do it all again!

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