Whittle & Daub – Paul Jerome Exhibition

Whittle and Daub, Printmaking by Paul Jerome, hares fighting

We’re really pleased to announce that ‘Whittle & Daub’, an exhibition of prints by Paul Jerome, will be on show from Tuesday May 1st to Sunday July 1st 2018 in INTRA’s workspace and windows. There will be a private view at 18:30 on Friday 4th May, all are welcome and you’ll be able to meet Paul and talk to him about his work.

Paul has created intricate artworks on some of his favourite themes: folklore, customs, green men, hares, owls and foxes, landscapes, animals that were sent into space, and vintage cars. His work has been really popular at our regular Wayzgoose print fairs.

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Paul is a regular user of the Medway Fine Printmakers studio at INTRA. He’s recently been experimenting with textile repeat patterns and heraldic imagery. He has employed many of the techniques available at our studio, including linocut, Risograph, collagraph prints and screen printing.

There will be a custom made window display, an invasion of papier mache creatures, and a beautiful leaflet to accompany the show. We’re excited to see it all springing up in the workspace, in the highly appropriate month of May and just in time for Rochester Sweeps festival.

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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.

 

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.

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

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.

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.

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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