I had the wonderful opportunity to spend the weekend with tutor Kathy Boyle alongside other talented printmakers to learn about this interesting alternative to traditional lithography. We experimented with a range of mark making using drawing materials from sharpie markers to crayola washable markers and create some wonderful organic “washy effects” using the toner from used print cartridges and Indian ink. This is also a wonderful way to incorporate photographic images into your work, which were first printed onto acetate using a printer before being transferred onto the plate. And it can be used like a gelliplate – pressing leaves and other textures onto the plate to make an impression. Once we had several plates, we could have fun experimenting with layering and using different colours.
What I really loved about this technique, was not only the endless possibilities, but also that it is something that can easily be done from home with minimal materials. Preparing and processing the plate was quick and simple, although if you’re impatient you’ll need to cure the plate in an oven and to transfer photographic images you need an iron (needs to be quite powerful, as we discovered the lower watt one was ineffective). When cleaning the plate you need acetone for some materials so will need a ventilated area, unless that smell doesn’t bother you!
Wow! What an honour to be selected as a finalist for the 15th Estuary Art and Ecology Award. I started this piece last year at the beginning of lock down in Florence. The story that the piece is inspired by resonated with my sense of isolation I felt there due to the global pandemic. I finished the work after the deadline and thought that would be the end of that……So happy to have her framed and admired on such a prestigious platform!
Bridget Inder is a Melbourne based contemporary artist originally from Central Otago. Her work is deeply connected to her sense of place and an intense love of the land that makes up part of her hybridised identity of strong Pakeha and Samoan heritage. https://inaarraoui.com/bridget-inder/
Jo Ogier is an artist, painter-printmaker, environmentalist, and educator based in Christchurch. Much of her work is site-specific, with the aim to increase awareness about the unique species from the area. https://inaarraoui.com/jo-ogier/
Marian Maguire is a Christchurch based artist who has been working in the arts for over thirty-five years as a master lithographer, painter, printmaker and gallery director. https://inaarraoui.com/marian-maguire/