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).

xmas-lights-bunting

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

Collagraph – experiments in texture

Last weekend’s collagraph course with Kristiina Sandoe was a big hit with the four people taking part. So much so that they were planning a third day together even before they finished. We thought we would share some photographs from the course to show what they got up to, experimenting with textural materials from kitchen cupboards, saved from the bin, gathered from the garden and diverted from DIY supplies!

Each person made several plates by gluing materials to a thick card base, trying out textures and building images. They learnt how to prepare plates, ink them up and run them through the etching press with dampened paper. The range of marks is astonishing, and the print studio rang with comments such as “ooo how lovely” and “wow look at that!”, because this is a printmaking method that really encourages you to play. Kristiina is a great tutor, very knowledgable and encouraging. We’re very happy to have her with us.

Half price Autumn workshops

Liz Miller – photopolymer etching

This Autumn, Medway Fine Printmakers have an exhibition ‘Beyond Boundaries‘ at Rochester Art Gallery, featuring the work of Xtina Lamb, Adam Piper and our first artist in residence – Liz Miller. To compliment the show we have a programme of printmaking workshops, and Medway Council are generously supporting us to offer a selection of them at half the normal price.

As well as regular all ages favourite ‘Print Your Own…’, a two-hour Autumn-themed relief printing workshop for children and our popular two day introduction to screen printing for adults, we’re excited to include a new course where you can learn how to create and print photopolymer etching plates with Liz Miller.

The full programme of Autumn 2014 workshops is featured on our courses page, but the following ones at half price can be booked with the links below.

Print Your Own…

Children printing cushions with thermofax screensTue 26 Aug 2014, noon – 5pm
Ages 7+ £2.50 – £4
Five sessions of mini screen printing with Xtina Lamb. Choose from over 50 designs including mermaids, ships, robots, flowers, spirals, hearts, birds etc. and print them on a flag or small bag (£2.50), or tote bag, t-shirt or cushion cover (£4.00). Each workshop takes 30-45 mins, sessions start on the hour.
Book online
Please choose a price and session time
(times without a link are sold out):
£2.50   Noon  / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm
£4.00   Noon / 1pm / 2pm / 3pm / 4pm

Photo Stencil Screen Printing

Screen printing on a fabric table Sat 30 & Sun 31 Aug 2014, 11am – 5pm
Adults £55
Create silkscreen stencils using your own artwork in this two day course with Xtina Lamb. Reclaim a screen, coat it with photo-sensitive emulsion, prepare your artwork, create the stencil and print onto paper or textiles. Practice printing your screen and combine with further techniques, adding background colours, paper stencils, blending etc., to create layered prints.

SOLD OUT  – Please contact us if you would like to go on a reserve list.

Autumn Printing Workshop for Children

children printing with simple foam relief blocksSun 28th Sept 2014, 2pm – 4pm
Ages 7+ £5
Make Autumn themed prints from your own drawn designs using an easy relief printing method in this two-hour workshop with Xtina Lamb.

SOLD OUT – Please contact us if you would like to go on a reserve list.

Photopolymer Etching / Solar Plate

solar plate being washed out after exposureSat 6 & Sun 7th Sept 2014, 11am – 5pm
Adults £60
Create an etching plate from your own artwork using a non-toxic photographic process, then print it using a lovely vintage etching press. A two day course with Liz Miller, with the option to also try out polymer relief plates. Detailed instruction on preparing transparencies for the best results, exposing and washing out the plates, inking up and wiping your plate, and working with different papers.

SOLD OUT – Please contact us if you would like to go on a reserve list or hear about future dates for this course.

Etching & Drypoint Classes

We’ve lined up some new workshops around the intaglio techniques used at Medway Fine Printmakers. A five hour / two morning drypoint class with Liz Kelleher begins in June, and in July we have a two-day introduction to etching with Heather Haythornthwaite where you can use non-toxic metal salt solutions to bite metal plates (instead of more hazardous traditional acids), working with hard and soft grounds to etch and print zinc plates.

Jane Furst incising a drypoint plate

Jane Furst incising a drypoint plate

If you have experience of intaglio printing, but could use some help improving your technique, come along to Jane Furst’s sessions held on the last Wednesday of each month 1-4pm, and other Wednesdays by request. Jane can give one-to-one advice, demonstrate techniques, and will have her collection of etching tools on hand for use in these sessions. Price is £10 (£8 concessions) on top of the open access session fee.

In July we will be joined by artist in residence Liz Miller, who will be working on her ‘Classics on Vinyl’ series combining music and visual art in a photopolymer etching project investigating repetitive patterns in music. Liz will be running a special weekend photopolymer etching workshop for us in September, to accompany our group exhibition at Rochester Art Gallery. The course will be subsidised by Medway Arts Team and will cost £60 for the two days.

Peta Bridle: Acrylic drypoint

Peta Bridle’s highly detailed drawings of cityscapes, shops, landscapes, and people have been delighting us at the print studio ever since she joined us at Boundary Wharf. She uses a diamond tipped tool to draw freely on acetate plates, for an intaglio technique called drypoint. Her work documents places or ways of life that seem out of time or maybe about to be lost.

Wapping stairs

Wapping stairs

The surface of the plate is scratched with a sharp point in order to incise grooves, but also to raise a burr. The burrs make the edges of the marks a little softer than hard ground etched plates, and they hold some extra ink above the grooved lines.

Inking up the plates takes some time, especially when you have such detailed work. Peta wipes off the ink in areas she needs to be lighter, balancing this with plenty of ink to print in the incised marks. Then she runs it through the etching press with soaked water that can squeeze into the grooves of the plate. Acetate plates are quite fragile, so they won’t withstand a print run like etched plates, but they don’t require biting with acid or metal salt solutions, so the results can be quite immediate.

Peta-lifting-print

Peta printing an acetate plate on our Rochat etching press

Liverpool Street Station

Donovan Bros Paper Bag Shop

Donovan Bros Paper Bag Shop

Des Junk Shop

Medway Open Studios 2014 at INTRA

Front of INTRA decorated with bunting during Medway Open Studios

We are very happy to be involved in the Medway Open Studios event again this July. We will be opening our doors over both of the event’s weekend dates plus late on the Friday evening for a bit of a social gathering. On show will be work made at Medway Fine Printmakers, free demos of the processes we work with, tours of the print studio and Unravel & Unwind (our craft drop-in neighbours), drop in activities for all ages including the ever popular ‘Print Your Own…’ bag, flag, cushion or t-shirt, plus a workshop where you can print on slabs of jelly!
Updates here and on our Facebook page as we have them.

Medway Open Studio times at INTRA for July 2014:
Sat 12 , Sun 13 11am – 6pm,
Fri 18 4pm – 9pm,
Sat 19 11am – 6pm, Sun 20 11am – 6pm
Directions to INTRA

Print Activities for All Ages:

During open studios we’ll be running some activities open to all ages. If you bring along children under 10 years old you will need to give them help and close supervision. Please make sure you choose an activity that they have the attention span for 🙂 Adults love these fun printing sessions as much as children, so don’t be shy – it’s for you to join in too.

Thermofax Screen Printing 

Making thermofax screensSat 12 July 2014, 1pm – 3pm (2 hour workshop), £15
A special speedy version of artist Xtina Lamb’s easy, lightweight thermofax screen printing workshop. Draw your own A6 (postcard sized) design or bring one along, expose it onto screen mesh, put it onto a frame, and away you go – printing onto paper or fabric with your own design. Even better – you get to take the screen home and carry on.
Book the 1pm workshop
(£15 + £1 online booking fee, call 01634 753299 to pay by phone or visit us to pay in cash)

Print Your Own… 

Children printing cushions with thermofax screensSun 13 or Sun 20 July 2014, Noon – 4pm (30mins – 1hour), £5 to £8 
Our ever-popular workshop where you can custom print an item of your choosing: flags or mini tote bags for £5, shopping bags, t-shirts or cushions for £8, and bunting for £1.50 per triangle. Over 50 thermofax screen designs plus the alphabet to choose from, with illustrations from mermaids, ships and compass roses, to swirls, stars and hearts, or robots, animals, lucky symbols and more.
No need to book – just drop in.

Jelly Printing

Printing with a slab of gelatineSat 19 July 2014, noon – 2pm and 3pm – 5pm (2 hour workshop), £10
Use a slab of firm gelatine and collected wild flowers, ferns and other materials to make wonderful prints on paper with artist Dianne Reeves.
Book the noon workshop
Book the 3pm workshop
(£10 + £1 online booking fee, call 01634 753299 to pay by phone or visit us to pay in cash)

 

 

 

 

 

Get Creative Medway – open day

Coloured vinyl stickers in stars and other shapesOn Thursday, February 6th we’ll be opening the doors at INTRA from 10am – 7pm, to discuss the forthcoming Get Creative Medway map.

The project has been funded by Ideas Test and will result in a free paper map that showcases arts and community venues throughout the Medway Towns, and an online version too.

You’ll be able to see where you can take creative courses and workshops, access arts facilities and equipment, hire spaces for club meetings, and take part in creative activities during festivals and events. We’ll also be listing people who run creative activities (for people of all abilities) in various local venues.

So far we have located activities including: arts & crafts, printmaking, sculpture, creative writing, recording studios, dressmaking, icon painting, watercolour painting, drama, dance, orchestras, photography, quilting, floral art, digital media, bookbinding, ceramics, film making, jewellery design, costume design, life drawing, felt making and more.

During the open day we will show the work in progress on the map, and invite passers-by to take part in a vinyl sticker cutting activity to decorate one of INTRA’s shop windows. We’ll be asking what creative activities they would most like to do and reflecting this in the stickers.

If you are interested in the map, have suggestions for venues to include, run workshops yourself, or just fancy cutting out some stickers – pop in and see us on Thursday.

INTRA, 337 – 341 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1DA
We are between Rochester Station and Chatham High Street, two doors away from the Ship pub, near Cycle King bicycle shop.

20:20 Print Exchange

20:20 Print Exchange started in 2009 as a project between Hot Bed Press in Salford and Red Hot Press in Southampton. Print workshops joined in by producing artworks, and then hosting exhibitions of the work from other participants across the UK. The organisers liked the format so much they quickly decided to roll it out to more print workshops. In 2010 there were 120 artists from 10 print workshops involved and in 2011 there were 257 artists from 19 print studios producing 6,425 prints!

At Boundary Wharf we have been busy bees for the past few months, producing a great diversity of prints by the lovely artists of Medway Fine Printmakers. Each artist had to produce an edition of 25 prints, measuring 20cm x 20cm, and the best part about this exchange is that you can be as creative as you like, there is no theme or subject to tie us down! So here are a few of many more prints to come.

Ian Shelley, Screenprint

Jane Prangnell, LinocutJane Prangnell, Linocut

Jane Furst, EtchingJane Furst, Etching

 

Update – more images from our 20:20 print exchange