Xmas Printing Frenzy

Get Christmas printed! Join us for a day of printing to make special presents, cards or wrapping paper.

Hand print a T-shirt, tea towel, bag, cards, badges or wrapping paper with a big selection of designs (Xmas themed or otherwise), or make up your own. Try your hand at screen printing, rubber stamping and Risograph printing with Xtina Lamb. Great for adults or children alike, come as a family, with a friend, or on your own.

Sunday 9th December
11am – 5pm

Prices per activity including materials:

printed badgesPrinted badges or fridge magnets – £3 per person
Using a wide selection of rubber stamps, print and draw lots of designs, then choose your favourite 3 to make up into badges or fridge magnets. If you want to make more, it’s 50p per item.

Screen printed bag, tea towel or T-shirt – £8 per person
We have over 100 designs to choose from including birds, robots, a camera, skulls, Day Of The Dead, ships, flowers, animals, mermaids, green men, the Waghorn statue and a traffic cone! Mix and match them to custom screen print a bag, tea towel or t-shirt. Or bring your own clothing item and print for £6. Extra printable extra items are £2 each.

Risograph cards or wrapping paper – £8 per person
Have a go with our stencil duplicator machine and print up 20 A6 cards, or 10 sheets of A3 wrapping paper in two colours from your own drawing or collage.

waghorn wrapping paperHand printed cards or wrapping paper – £8 per person
Choose from 10 xmas designs and screen print them onto card blanks or kraft paper, or make your own relief printing foam stamp and embellish with rubber stamps. You’ll have 10 card blanks or wrap sheets to print.

Everything!
If you can’t choose and want to print everything it’s £20 for adults, £15 for children, or £28 for an adult and child together with both of you printing, and £10 for extra children.

Booking advisable.
Please call 01634 753299 or email medwayfineprintmakers@gmail.com

 

 

Medway Print Festival 2017

Sample patterns over printed in various Riso colours

MFP'17 Medway Print Festival logoBack for its second year, Medway Print Festival offers a wonderful range of printmaking activities, exhibitions and events from the 10th to the 25th June. The festival is organised by Medway Council’s Arts Development Team with freelance curator and artist Matt Bray, in collaboration with arts venues and museums across Medway. There will be loads to see and do, and this year a free newspaper guide will help you to navigate it all.

MPF-cakeWe’ve lined up a Medway Fine Printmakers programme of workshops and events with some exciting new additions. Below we’ve listed all the festival activities we’re hosting at INTRA, but you can see the full programme on the Medway Print Festival website.

Festival Launch Night
Friday 9 June, 6.30-9pm, suitable for all ages, free entry.
We will be hosting this years official launch party for MPF17 and previewing our exhibition on the same evening. Join us to celebrate the start of the festival, meet local printmakers and find out more. There will be cake!

Medway Fine Printmakers Group Exhibition
Fri 9 June – Sun 30 July
Open daily – see intraarts.org for times
Suitable for all ages, free entry.
Exhibition of hand printed artworks by printmakers working at INTRA, representing the wide range of techniques practiced at the print studio including: etching, silkscreen, monoprinting, linocut, photopolymer plates, collagraph, heat press, foil blocking, letterpress and Risograph.

MFP-WayzgooseSummer Wayzgoose Print Fair
Sat 17 June, 10:00 – 17:00
Suitable for all ages, free entry.
Traditional printers’ fair with beautiful hand-printed wares on sale including cards, gifts, framed and unframed fine art prints starting from £10, printed textiles and a selection of printmaking equipment. Free family-friendly drop-in printmaking demonstrations will be running through the day including letterpress, Gelli and Risograph printing. The famous Wayzgoose tombola will be brimming with prizes both brilliant and bizarre, with printmaking classes for some lucky winners.

SHORT COURSES & WORKSHOPS (for adults)

MFP-Screenprinting1Screen Printing One
Mon 12 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £65
Learn the key silkscreen technique of creating photo stencils from your own artwork. Print onto paper with a vacuum screen bed or textiles on a fabric table. Suitable for beginners and those wishing to refresh their screen printing skills.
> Full details & booking

MFP-PhotopolymerNEW! Photopolymer Etching Taster
Wed 14 June, 12:00 – 14:00, £25
Demonstration of the photopolymer etching process with a chance to make your own test strip plate and print. A speedy introduction that works well as a basic refresher or to try out the technique for the first time.
> Book online
> Details of the full length two day course

MFP-CollagraphCollagraph Day Three with Chine Collé
Sun 18 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £65
Not listed in the official festival programme but we’ve added this class led by Kristiina Sandoe as a follow up to her popular introductory collagraph weekend, exploring textured plates made from collaged materials. Chine collé involves gluing thin paper or tissue onto the work during the printing process. You’ll also try out combining relief and intaglio inking techniques to layer up colour.
> Full details & booking

Screen Printing Two
Mon 19 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £65
Experiment with hand-cut stencils, practice your printing and photo stencil making technique, and learn registration methods to create multi-layered screen prints. This class follows on from Screen Printing One.
> Full details & booking

MFP-ThermofaxThermofax Screen Printing
Wed 21 June, 12:00 – 15:00, £45
Make a lightweight thermofax screen from your own artwork in this easy screen printing method. Print with water-based screen printing inks onto card or paper and take your screen and squeegee away with you to carry on printing. The screens last well, are very easy to store, and can be reused again and again to print party invites, t-shirts, birthday cards, bags, fabric, stationery and wrapping paper etc.
> Full details & booking

MFP-Risograph2NEW! Risograph Workshop
Fri 23 June, 11:00 – 13:30 or 15:00 – 17:30, £30
The Risograph machine is a stencil based duplicator that makes stencilled prints somewhere between the look of litho and screen printing – great for posters, flyers and art editions. Create an A3 artwork in two colours and take home 10 copies.
> Book online 11am session
> Book online 3pm session

MFP-Textile-repeat-patternNEW! Textile Repeat Patterns
Sat 24 & Sun 25 June, 11:00 – 17:00, £130
Silkscreen, relief and monoprinting methods are explored in this two day course experimenting with ways to design and print repeat patterns onto fabric and embellish prints with metallic or textured finishes. Bring ideas for designs of your own or draw inspiration from our library of images. You’ll learn how to prepare a design to make a repeating pattern, carve blocks, create stencils, and make imprints from found objects.
> Book online

MFP-LinocutLinocut, Sat 24 June, 10:30 – 16:30, £75
Nick Morley aka Linocutboy of Hello Print Studios in Margate leads this introductory workshop, exploring ways to get great results with this enjoyable relief printing method. With examples of linocut prints, methods to transfer your design, safe techniques for using and sharpening tools, how to ink up your carved block, choosing papers and printing, there are lots of useful tips to learn.
> Full details & booking

 

MFP-Risograph

Risograph print with the seven colours we have as drums.

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.

 

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

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.

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)

 

 

 

 

 

Day of the Dead at Boundary Wharf

In Mexico, November 1st and 2nd are traditionally spent honouring lost loved ones with the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebrations. Colourful decorations are strung about the streets and shrines with marigold flowers, candles, memorabilia and sugar skulls are built to commemorate those who have died. Coming the day after Halloween, there’s a bit of a cross over with jack-o-lantern imagery, spooky masks and skulls, but this is a celebration focused on gatherings of family and friends rather than mischief and trick or treat.

So for Family Arts week, we’ve decided to bring Day of the Dead to Boundary Wharf, and you can try out some of the beautiful crafts seen across Mexico. Everyone can get involved, making, printing, decorating, painting, shopping, looking, remembering and taking part in the celebrations. The activities run from 1pm to 7pm both days, with a party afterwards to relax admire everyone’s creations on the Friday night. Saturday night coincides with the big fireworks display on the Great Lines at 7.30pm.

papel picado - mexican paper cut banners hanging in the sunPapel Picado
Paper cut banners are traditionally made from tissue paper in Mexico. We’ve noticed how much plastic bags feel like tissue paper once cut into squares, so we’ll be recycling these into patterned banners to fill the courtyard with fluttering colour. They’re fun and quick to make. Free

Shrine with photo of a man and paper cut banners

Shrines
Mexican shrines often include photos or mementos of the person being commemorated, candles, marigolds and other flowers, food offerings, decorated sugar skulls (we’ll have some of these to sell), paper cut and tin decorations, beads, ribbons and anything colourful. They’ll be made throughout the two days and we’ll light them all up as it gets dark. There will be lots of things to create them with, we’ll supply glittery things, card, glues, wax and LED candles, glow sticks, old jewellery etc., but bring along any photographs and memorabilia, beads, flowers, jam jars for candles, fruit/vegetables or anything else that you might like to use or add to the shrines.
Donations for materials.

papel picado skull design for a tote bagGocco printed tote bags
Print a papel picado (paper cut) skull design onto a dinky mini tote or a shopping bag in a choice of colour combinations. You’ll be using Gocco / thermofax screens, an easy screen printing method using lightweight plastic frames and a simple squeegee similar to a credit card.
£3.50 (mini), £5 (large)

Screen printed skeletons
Screen print a big mexican style skeleton onto card, cut it out and join the bones together to make a dancing puppet, (see image below). £4

painted clay skull beadsJewellery
Craft and paint little skull beads from clay, or draw colourful designs onto clear plastic and shrink them down to a fraction of the size with a heat tool. Add to earring parts, hang them from recycled chains, stick them to badges to make a brooch, string them on bracelets or use them to make little figurines as an element of a shrine.
£3 – £5

painted tin decorations in the shap of skulls, hearts, stars etc.Tin ornaments
Cut out a shape from a recycled printing plate. Make shaped dents in the tin with various tools, then paint the tin in bright colours. £3

We’ll also be lighting up the courtyard in the evening with lanterns, customising spooky masks with stickers, making silhouette pictures and you can contribute to a zine that will become a souvenir of the event.

On sale will be hand made sugar skulls and Day of the Dead crafts.

No need to book – just drop in. There are activities for all ages but some using sharp or heavy tools are for adults only. Young children need to be supervised for all activities.

Friday 1st Nov 2013, 1pm – 10pm (activities until 7pm – then a party!)
Saturday 2nd Nov 2013, 1pm – 7pm (maybe watch fireworks on the Great Lines afterwards!)

Check the Visit page for information on how to find us.

Invite your friends to come too via our Facebook event page.

Dancing screen printed skeleton puppet

Dancing screen printed skeleton puppet