Medway Print Festival 2016

This month sees the launch of the first ever Medway Print Festival, an exciting new event featuring some of the key art institutions in the Medway area. Across two weeks, 9th to 26 June, there will be exhibitions, a print fair, courses, and printmaking activities for all ages.

WayzgooseSummer2016This year’s participating venues are:

Rochester Art Gallery
Sun Pier House
INTRA
The Huguenot Museum
Nucleus
Brook Pumping Station
The Guildhall Museum
LV21
The Medway Archives
UCA
Hazelnut Press

At INTRA we’ll be kicking things off with a summer edition of our Wayzgoose Print Fair, complete with a fine array of hand printed artwork, textiles and gifts, letterpress demos where you can print your own souvenir, and our popular tombola where you can win a course for 20p!

Froinvisible-illness-printm Tuesday 14th we’ll be hosting a group exhibition of work created at the Medway Fine Printmakers studio, including the ‘invisible illness’ prints on textiles that Zara Carpenter has been working on recently. These only show up when a UV light is shined on them, they look incredible and were quite a challenge to print!

We’ve put together a programme of classes for the festival, including Drypoint Etching, Collagraph, Screen Printing, Linocut, Print Gocco, Bookbinding, and Gelli Monoprinting for families.

Have a look at the Medway Print Festival website for details of all the events taking place, or pick up a leaflet at one of the participating venues.

 

Free courses – Spring 2016

Medway-Council-LogoThanks to funding from Medway Council’s small grants programme, Medway Fine Printmakers are offering 10 free places on printmaking courses for adults and 10 for children. Those awarded free places can choose from selected classes in our schedule over the next three months March to May 2016.

Classes for adults

Screen printing with a vacuum tableTo be eligible for a free adult class, applicants must be aged 16 or over, living in Medway and must not have used our print studio previously. We particularly welcome applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, recent graduates, the unemployed, and people on a low wage.

Those awarded free places will also be entitled to two free open access sessions at our print studio in Rochester for self-guided use of our presses with support from a technician.

The courses available as part of this scheme are:
Screen Printing OneLinocutThermofaxDrypoint Etching and Gelli Plate Monoprinting.

To apply please email us with the following information:

  • Name
  • Age group (16-25 / 26-35 / 36-45 / 46-55 / 56-65 / 66+)
  • Gender
  • Postal area that you live in (e.g. ME1)
  • Employment status
  • Ethnicity
  • Courses you are most interested in
    (please check the scheduled dates in the right hand panel)
  • How did you hear about the free courses?
  • Short statement telling us why you would like to attend one of the free printmaking classes (100 words max)

The cut-off for applications is Thursday March 31st 2016 (5pm), but it is advisable to submit applications as soon as possible as free places will be awarded throughout March.

Classes for young people

Thermofax screen printingApplications are invited from young people aged 10 – 15 years old, living in Medway, in school or home education, who have not used our print studio previously.

We are offering a free half-day class to 10 applicants, for the development of artistic skills, with detailed technical instruction in printmaking techniques. Participants may wish to work on a project for their portfolio, course work or a scholarship application, or just to try out working with a printmaking technique that is new to them.

The classes available are gelli plate monoprinting, and thermofax / screen printing, and they will be taking place over the spring break. Our page on printmaking classes for young people gives an outline of the courses on offer. Please check if you are available for the scheduled dates before applying.

To apply parents or guardians please email us with the following information:

  • Applicant’s name
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Postal area (e.g. ME1)
  • Ethnicity
  • Course most interested in
  • How did you hear about the free courses?
  • Short statement telling us how your child would benefit from attending one of the free printmaking classes (100 words max)

The deadline for applications is Friday March 11th 2016 (5pm), and notifications on these places will be sent on Tuesday March 15th.

Access and personal data

We welcome people with long term health conditions, learning difficulties or specific physical requirements and would appreciate you sharing details of these with us if relevant, so that we can offer appropriate support and access to our courses.

All personal and equality data that you provide will only be used by Medway Fine Printmakers for statistical purposes. No identifiable personal data will be shared with any other organisation.

In order for the classes to run, a minimum number of participants will need to be booked onto them. Classes not meeting the minimum numbers will be rescheduled.

Wayzgoose Print Fair 2015

Wayzgoose Print Fair 28 november 2015, 10am - 5pmIt’s Wayzgoose time again! We enjoyed our Christmas print fair so much last year that we’re doing it again on Saturday November 28th at INTRA, 10am till 5pm.

Joint hosted by the Medway Fine Printmakers and Hazelnut Press we’ll have stalls brimming with beautiful wares hand-printed in Medway, including cards, gifts, framed and unframed fine art prints from £10 and printed textiles such as bags, cushions and clothing. Throughout the day we’ll be running demonstrations of printmaking methods such as letterpress, etching, Gelli printing and Print Gocco.

The much enjoyed tombola will return, and in keeping with tradition prizes will be a mixture of  bonkers and lovely, with a choice of printmaking courses for some lucky winners, tins of mysterious food for others.

ian-tombolaCome and chat with the artists about their work and see the range of printmaking techniques they use in our print studios.

A ‘Wayzgoose‘ is a traditional printers’ fair, a chance to swap and sell small amounts of equipment, type, and tools alongside printed artworks.

Money raised from the fair will go towards running the Medway Fine Printmakers and Hazelnut Press print studios.

Find us at INTRA, 337-341 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA (directions here).

wayzgoose-artists

naomi-textileslavender-bags-fay

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Gelli prints – monoprinting with a jelly plate

arranging grasses on an inked up gelatine plate

Dianne Reeves arranging grasses on an inked up gelatine plateLast year during Medway Open Studios & Arts Festival​ we ran a jelly printing workshop at INTRA with Dianne Reeves using monoprinting plates made from gelatine. It was loads of fun and we made some beautiful prints. The plates worked brilliantly and had some wonderful qualities that are difficult to achieve with regular monoprinting and hard plates. You can press objects into the jelly and print the impression that they leave behind. But in the summer heat the plates kind of melted after a while and they had to be stored in the fridge beforehand and thrown away afterwards, which is all a bit of a faff, so now we’re looking at alternatives to get the best of this process with less hassle.

Gelli Arts plateThere are two reusable options that don’t have to be refrigerated: homemade gelatine plates mixed with glycerine, and an American product called Gelli Arts Printing Plate made of mineral oil that is very durable. It’s nice to have an option that doesn’t use animal products. We’re going to be selling the Gelli Arts plates this year and will be running workshops with them, as well as trying out the homemade version. There will be some available at the print studio for use during open access sessions too.

Gelli print made using a fernThis is pretty exciting as the effects you can get span everything from bright and bold to incredibly delicate and detailed. There are quite a lot of people printing with gelli plates and a popular style has developed to layer up patterns and shapes to create very pretty papers that can be used as backgrounds or for decorative use as book coverings etc. We’re hoping to use them as a fine art tool and experiment with many different techniques to open up new possibilities for our printmaking. They can be combined with other kinds of monoprinting or stencil techniques to very strong effect.

Here are some pics of last year’s jelly printing, please let us know if this is something you’d be interested in.

UPDATE: Our Gelli printing class is now listed – first class July 18th 2015.

gelli prints leaves

gelli workshop Dianne Reeves

gelli print lace lucky clovers - by Xtina Lamb

Gelli print by Xtina Lamb

Prints by Xtina Lamb made at Medway Fine Printmakers using a jelly plate. Textured items such as lace, embroidered handkerchiefs and clover were pressed into the plate, a paper stencil was used with the plate for the shoe detail and a thermofax print added for the sixpences.

Gift Vouchers

MFP Gift VoucherGift vouchers make a lovely present when you would like to pay for someone to go on a course, but aren’t sure which one to choose.

Our vouchers are hand printed on a Gocco machine, with a design featuring the zigzags found on the front of the INTRA building.

You can buy them for any amount, and they can be spent on:

  • gift voucher with gocco machineCourses at Medway Fine Printmakers
  • Open access sessions
  • Materials such as paper and ink
  • Items in the on-site Printed Wonders shop, including printed artworks, textiles, stationery, cards and gifts.

Below are some popular voucher values, with examples of what they can be spent on and links to buy them online.

If you would like a voucher for any other amount – please contact us.

Vouchers are valid for one year from the end of the month that they are purchased in. They cannot be exchanged for cash, but if only part of the voucher is spent, the rest of the voucher can be held in credit for use by the recipient any time before it expires.

Wayzgoose Print Fair – Sat Dec 13th

Letterpressed poster for the Wayzgoose by Heather Haythornthwaite

Letterpressed poster for the Wayzgoose by Heather Haythornthwaite

Prints galore will be on show and for sale at the Christmas ‘Wayzgoose’ Print Fair at INTRA on Saturday 13th December (10am – 5pm), jointly hosted by Medway Fine Printmakers and Hazelnut Press.

INTRA’s lovely shop-front workspace will be filled with stalls selling fine art prints, hand printed clothes & bags, Christmas cards, tags, decorations and wrap from Medway and Kent-based printmakers. Prices to suit all pockets! You can meet the artists and chat about the techniques they use and see some of them in action. Many printmakers are happy to take commissions for custom works too, ideal for a special gift.

  • Win BREATHTAKING prizes on the tombola!
  • MARVEL and ASTOUND yourself with
    undiscovered printmaking skills!
  • Gasp at DAREDEVIL ink techniques!
  • Be DELIGHTED with the ephemera and original
    prints for sale!
  • Shout HUZZAH for no particular reason!
Typeset letters for wayzgoose poster

Letterpressed poster in the making…

A ‘Wayzgoose‘ is a traditional printers’ fair, a chance to swap and sell small amounts of equipment, type, and tools alongside printed artworks. In the print studio behind the stalls, we’ll be running demos of the etching press, albion press and screen printing, so you’ll get a close-up look at how prints are made.

Bag a course for 20p!

Because we’ll all be in a festive mood, and as it is a traditional fair, there will be a tombola with prizes both fantastic, and fantastically rubbish. Buy a 20p ticket or 6 for a pound and you could bag the most bargainous course booking, a gorgeous piece of art… or if less lucky, perhaps a knitted toilet roll cover, or bizarre-sounding exotic tinned food.

Tea or coffee with biscuits will be available for £1.

Money raised from the fair will go towards running the Medway Fine Printmakers and Hazelnut Press print studios.

Find us at INTRA, 337-341 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA (directions & map here).

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20:20 Print Exchange 2014

Faye Brown printing her 20:20 edition

Faye Brown printing her 20:20 edition

Fifteen artists working at Medway Fine Printmakers signed up for the 20:20 print exchange this year, and have produced a wonderful range of prints to represent the studio. Each participant in the project produces a 20cm x 20cm edition of 25 using any print technique. Ours included etching, drypoint, photopolymer, screen print and thermofax. We sent them all off to Hot Bed Press in Salford, who have the mammoth task of shuffling everything (14,625 prints from more that 40 workshops last year!) and sending them back out.

We’ll each receive a box set of prints from random 20:20 printmakers, and our studio will be paired with another one so that we get a full set of their prints. International studios are taking part this year, as well as those across the UK and Ireland. It’s a great thing to be involved in and we salute Hot Bed Press for organising it. There will be some prints on sale from the exchange – to raise money for our studio. We’re planning a print fair on December 13th at INTRA and will have our 20:20 prints on show and for sale.

Our artists this year are:
Fay Hardstaff, Faye Brown, Ian Shelley, Jane Furst, Jane Pitt, Jane Prangnell, Julie Turner, Julija Baranova, Kasia Parker, Kevin Younger, Marco Cali, Megan Seymour-Jones, Natalie Piper, Polly Alpin, and Xtina Lamb.

Prints for 20:20 by artists at Medway Fine Printmakers