Global Oceans continues – down at The Farm…

 

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What a fabulous venue this is! And with all the glorious golden Autumn/Winter weather we’ve been having, Robyn and Michael have been rushed off their feet with customers. You can just glimpse our prints through the massive double doors that lead into the cafe and shop area. The Farm is open from 9-5 Fridays to Mondays, and in addition to serving delicious meals it has a shop full of work by local artists and craftspeople. If you missed the exhibition at the Hahndorf Academy, then make sure you get down to The Farm!

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Robyn and Caitlin with some of Robyn’s own skincare products.

Our prints look very happy in Robyn’s barn, don’t they!

The show continues there until mid July.

For more about the Farm, visit their website 

We are launched and the word is spreading

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Here are a few selected photos from the launch – you can see the whole album on the Facebook page. Tullio Rossi did a splendid job explaining the importance of linking art with science, something that he himself achieves with his entertaining videos about the Ocean and climate change.  We were shown his own video, ‘Lost at Sea’

We sold 4 prints at the opening.  Mei Zhao’s wonderful etching, There are plenty of fish,  was so popular that two people wanted to buy it at once! So she has kindly told me that she can send  a couple more artist’s proofs if there are further requests for one of her prints.

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I’m also very honoured to announce that the Print Council website, Imprint, has put up a Q & A that features our exhibition. So far, I feel it’s all been worthwhile!  Thank you, Global Oceans printmakers!  And many thanks to our photographer, Martin Bryce.

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At the back you can see Alexius Sutandio’s photos and Wendy Rushby’s multiple relief photopolymer plate

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Trudy Rice’s photopolymer etchings
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7 of the 9 exchange frames, with Trudy rice’s photopolymer etchings on the far wall
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Jen Conde’s cyanotypes
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Sally Heinrich’s giclée print, A Drop in the Ocean, from an original pen and ink drawing
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Wendy Rushby’s complex photopolymer relief print, Edge of Extinction, needs to be seen ‘in the flesh’ to be appreciated.
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Camilo Esparza has made it his mission to produce many ocean images, to inspire his audiences to appreciate the treasures we have under the sea.
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These are just two of the 15  images for the ‘Postcards for the Reef’ series that Julia Wakefield has reproduced in the form of cards and postcards in aid of the Australian Marine Conservation Society. (She aims to do another 15 when she gets some spare time!)
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Rachel McElwee, the Director of the Hahndorf Academy, thanking Tullio for his presentation. Julia’s in the middle, trying to find her thank you cards!

Opening Day at last!

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After all the collating, the framing, the labelling, the last minute changes, the advertising, the panicking over typos – it’s ready to launch!  And Celia Walker’s print is for me an ocean of calm that keeps me saying to myself – this is all worthwhile!

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Kate Gorringe-Smith’s deep sea creature reminds me that there are depths to this theme that are yet to be plunged, and I look forward to seeing conversations developing between the 49 printmakers that will take us all into new territory – new themes, new techniques and new exhibitions.

Kate has already inspired me to run an ocean-themed workshop at the Academy during the exhibition, using fish stencils in a similar fashion to the way she uses her bird stencils. Thanks for your generous sharing, Kate! And many thanks to Maxie for allowing me to publish her wonderful kelp monoprint, which she produced at Kate’s workshop at Bittondi!

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I will eventually upload all the prints from the show onto this blog, but in the meantime you can see nearly all of them on our Facebook page, and please get along to the exhibition if you can – it’s on until April 23, which is also the day of the workshop.  Details can be downloaded below.

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The Fleet is assembled

Well – almost! I still have a few stragglers on their way, but I now have three boxes full of the most delightful prints from all over Australia, from England, America, New Zealand and Singapore.

Plus I have some other wonderful artwork that’s going to go on the walls. Here’s a sneak peek at a beautiful photo taken by Alexius Sutandio, a diver and underwater photographer who was also my diving instructor.

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Trudy Rice is a printmaker whose work caught my eye several years ago, and I was delighted when she agreed to take part in this exhibition. She produces large photopolymer prints by putting multiple plates through the press, and she has been working on sea themes for quite a while. This print, ‘Majestic Beaties’, was chosen for the invitation:

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Jen Conde has also been working on sea themes for a while but in a very different medium, and with a completely different approach. She kindly sent me this cyanotype, ‘Jellyfish’ for the show:

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There is so much more to show you!  I hope you’ll be able to come to our opening on March 25 at 3pm.

 

The deadline is looming and it’s getting exciting!

The deadline for delivery of prints is six days away, but most of them have now arrived and I’m expecting the others to be on their way very soon.  I’m posting two images a day on our Facebook page but if you’re not on Facebook, I’ll be posting a few here every now and then and will be uploading the collophon when the exhibition is about to open.  Don’t forget, every single one of these prints is for sale for only $85, and in some cases there are extra prints available. There will also be larger prints and a few paintings on display – more details about those in a future post.

So here’s a small taster of the treats to come:

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Don’t you love this print by Helen Kocis Edwards?

Helen says:

The interdependence between marine organisms means the health of each biological entity affects the functioning of this complex ecosystem. ‘Swallowed’ considers the effect polluting waterways and oceans have upon the substances fish species ingest and their environmental consequences.

In addition to conveying a powerful message, this print is a very clever piece of artwork. Each colour is printed from a separate block, although I guess that perhaps the polluting objects might have all been printed from the same block, rolled up in three different colours.

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Jen Conde’s cyanotype is a very different process. It’s produced by exposing materials (in this case, netting and paper stencils) to light, over paper treated with a photosensitive chemical.

Jen says of her work:

Of all the organisms in the oceans and on earth, humans are the most destructive. It seems we are caught in a net of mindless consumption and greed. Last year 115,000 items of litter were removed from four rivers in my region through a local government healthy waterway clean up program. Almost 45% of this litter was plastic along with food packaging and styrofoam products. Discarded plastic is a man made problem. Are we smart enough to remedy the problem caused by our own carelessness?

For me, water has long held a significant role. The Global Oceans International Print Exchange is another opportunity to explore my themes – love of water and the interconnectedness of man to this essential element of life.  The greater our voice, the more people listen and our human organism becomes organised for change.

Cyanotype printing is photographic printing process invented in the early 1840s. Also know as shadowgraphs or blue prints, this relatively simple process produces prints that are cyan blue, the colour of water.

I live by a creek that empties into the sea five minutes’ walk from my house. I kept a blog for a month, documenting the amount of plastic that I collected on my daily walks. I no longer collect plastic every day, but I organise a mammoth cleanup every now and again, in an attempt to keep our part of the creek as healthy as possible. There is no way any of us can clean up the oceans, but we can all stop adding to the pollution by acting on a local scale.

 

We are well under way!

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As this wonderful print by Frances Alleblas illustrates, the fleet – or maybe the shoal – of prints is pouring into port at my home in Christies Beach, and I can’t wait to start putting them all together for the exhibition!  I will start to upload the images as they arrive, but if you want to save the experience until you get the chance to see them all at once on the walls of the Academy, put this date into your diary now:

March 25, 2017 in the upstairs gallery at the Hahndorf Academy, 68 Main St Hahndorf, SA 5245. The opening will be at 3pm, and the speaker will be marine biologist and science communicator Tullio Rossi, who is well known for his award-winning animation videos that help to make marine science accessible and understandable to even the youngest audiences.

You can view one of his videos, about coral bleaching, here.

I hope to see you there!

The Colophon for Winged Messengers

Traditionally, print exchanges usually require a colophon, which is a collection of statements that the artists submit to accompany their prints.  Until now, the only time that the colophon for Winged Messengers was displayed was at the exhibition at the Hahndorf Academy. It is now available for anyone to see on this website, along with thumbnail images of each print.  The larger images of the prints are gradually being added to the gallery, which can be found at the bottom of the About page.

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Winged Images Colophon

Global Oceans International Print Exchange

The 2017 Adelaide International Print Exchange (AIPE) will once more bring together printmakers from far and wide across the globe, with a new theme: Global Oceans.

Our Oceans both separate and unite our disparate continents and the myriad islands dotted along and between their coastlines. For many thousands of years, humankind has explored this world by navigating its waters; since long before the beginning of recorded history, we have reaped countless harvests of seafood; in the last few millennia, once we were able to construct ships large enough for trade, we have transported cargoes of crops, livestock, spices, minerals, slaves and looted treasure back and forth across the high seas, and inevitably we have also sent warships to invade and conquer other civilizations.

 Today our oceans are more important to us than ever before, but also far more vulnerable.  We use them in new and ingenious ways:  we harvest wave power to drive electricity turbines; we pump gas and oil out of the ocean bed; we mine minerals found in rocks deep under the ocean; we harvest sand and gravel from the ocean for concrete and construction.  We still harvest seafood, but now the process is on such a massive and indiscriminate scale that many once abundant marine species are on the verge of extinction.  We have always used the ocean as a dumping ground, but the volume of waste and in particular plastic waste is now so critical that it has been said that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. And the rapidly changing climate, plainly exacerbated by the pollution from our industries and transport systems, is having frightening effects on our ocean, warming its temperatures, melting the ice at the poles and thus causing potentially catastrophic rises in sea levels.

The Global Oceans International Print Exchange is about all these things, and many more.  You can let your imagination roam in any direction, so long as it refers in some way to our oceans. We would like to have as many as 50 participants, and we also plan to exhibit work by other artists on the same theme or related themes, as well as showing some of the prints from last year’s print exchange, ‘Winged Messengers’. For a taste of what we did last year, go to our Facebook page, ‘Winged Images’.