Masters of Art-Visual Arts.
What do you make, create or do?
All forms of printmaking- except stone lithography- way too punishing a medium. For the past 10 years or so, I have mainly been printing woodcut monotypes. A woodcut is a matrix that is usually printed in a short run edition of same prints, however I prefer to work in a way which varies each print with different colour combinations etc resulting in a series of unique states or monotypes. I use a mixture of water based pigment inks and oil based inks to create layers and textures. I will often put a print through the press many times printing layer upon layer. I print on both 100% cotton rag paper and Japanese mulberry paper. I loooove the Japanese paper to print on but it has become quite exey in the past 12 months.
What other creative areas would you like to explore as a side-project to your current work, or move into full-time?
My grandmother- in law left me her small kiln and all of her copper enamelling gear from the 1960's. She gave me few lessons but sadly now I must discover this lovely media on my own. The quality of the coloured glass is fabulous, and like all of the 1960's crafts- due for a resurgence in popularity! If there is anyone out there who is masterful in copper enamelling - and probably smells a bit like pine oil-I'd love to hear from you!
What skills do you have that help you run your business, or what skills would you like to develop?
I try to spend carefully. I try to keep track of what I spend. I try to be mindful of only making what I know will be good- the world is overcrowded with blah- I dont need to add to that!
List five people, businesses or websites/blogs that keep you motivated and inspired, and why?
I have very little time to spend on the computer. So when I do, after checking the CWC news, I go straight to the Design Files. I subscribe to Vogue Living magazine, I often pick up Frankie, I always go through the Art Almanc/ Art guide to see who's doing what where, and Imprint magazine is the contemporary Australian printmakers must-have. I probably should declare here that I work on this Imprint magazine so I am quite biased - but I can assure of the quality.
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