Nanette Balchin is a mixed media artist who incorporates her printmaking with her other loves -- the creation of artists' books and unique surfaces created through layering of collage, print, stitch and text. In printmaking Nanette explores collographs, monoprinting, cyanotype, relief and simple etching processes and seeks to incorporate prints into assemblages and book structures rather than presented in a traditional way. With artist books Nanette presents a narrative where the book structure is as important as the images and text it contains. These may take on 2D or 3D forms or book forms. Through found object assemblage she explores the combination of text and form to create meaning.
Nanette has exhibited in Central Queensland and beyond for over 14 years and has recently toured her encaustic work and books, assemblage work, paintings and prints for the regionally touring exhibition "Caravan of Curiosities". Nanette has also created fabric collage work on a theme of "Horizons" for an exhibition in Newcastle in October 2018 and for her entries into the 2019 Bayton Award and CQU Creates.
Her most recent work is a collection of artists' books, collages and small assemblages for an exhibition at Blarney Books and Arts with Peta Lloyd called "Omnium Gatherum" which explores the themes of sea, blueness, alchemy, layer and touch.
Historically her art has explored themes of optimism, renewal and self-discovery as well as a love of the expressive power of colour, surface, texture and mark. Nanette has found inspiration from the expressive and colourful surfaces created by Vincent Van Gogh. Her symbolism of Van Gogh's chair, sunflowers, a swirling sky and mandala like boats reflect her ongoing journey of optimism and curiosity.
Bloom - Box/Artist Book
Portholes book, 2019 (left), Ripples book (right)
Who-I-Am 2, a print assemblage.
A curious story about Vincent and me, second view
Monoprint from Dearest Nanette series - Always Yours, 2013
Michelle Black is a freelance graphic designer with a passion for printmaking.
2018 saw a major shift in Michelle's work, a result of experimenting with different techniques and materials within printmaking; story-telling from scientific data, extending her work beyond the simple yet bold linoprints that previously dominated her practice.
These experimentations included monoprinting with Fitzroy River mud in a body of work investigating historical flooding in Rockhampton. Further development of this idea saw Michelle using river mud and inter-tidal mud flats to create the printing matrix from which to print in a more traditional manner with ink, and using sea water and sand to make marks in cyanotype prints.
Enjoying a looser and more spontaneous way of working while in this busy time of life as a working parent and business owner, Michelle plans to continue experimenting and playing with alternative printmaking mediums that offer a less rigid way of working whilst exploring interesting bookmaking and 'out of the frame' techniques. Michelle has a strong interest in linking science or data with art; and enjoys responding to the environment, her 'place', travels and family and local history.
After the full moon: Collagraph on cotton paper, 2011 (left); Untitled works: Cyanotype on cotton paper from digitally altered photgraph by William Renton, 2016 (right).
13ft. and rising: Artist Book with mud, polyester lithograph, stitch, 2018 (left); 14 ft. 4 in. under: Monoprint with mud, polyester lithograph, indigo, stitch, 2018 (right).
Botanica: Artist Book with eco prints, wire, stitch, glass petri dish, 2018 (left); Ferric: Artist Book with rust prints, wire, stitch, glass petri dish, 2018 (right).
Fitzroy floating: Artist Books with mud and indigo-Monoprinted Origami Sculpture, 2018 (left); Storm tide: Molulito print on cotton paper, 2018 (right).
The lifelines 13ft. and rising The Big One: Monoprinted Origami Sculpture and Artist Books with mud, polyester lithograph, indigo, stitch, 2018 (left); The rescue boats: Artist Books with polyester lithograph, stitch, 2018 (right).
Tidelines: Artist Book with rust print, indigo, wire, beach sand, glass jar, 2018 (left); Canopy: Cyanotype on hosho, driftwood, wire, 2019 (right).
Experimental cyanotype and salt crystals on cotton paper 2, 2019 (left); Experimental cyanotype and salt crystals on cotton paper, 2019 (right).
Outgoing Tide: Cyanotype and salt crystals on cotton paper, 2019 (left); Outgoing Tide Detail: Cyanotype and salt crystals on cotton paper, 2019 (right).
Overflow I: Collagraph and drypoint on cotton paper, 2019 (left); Overflow I Detail: Collagraph and drypoint on cotton paper, 2019 (right).
Overflow IV: Collagraph and drypoint on cotton paper, 2019 (left); The Longest Flight: Collagraph and drypoint on cotton paper, 2019 (right).
Linda spends her time between Brisbane and Rockhampton both teaching mixed media and working on her own arts practice. She is a member of the Capricornia Printmakers Inc and the Shorncliffe Pottery Club, regularly visits Rockhampton and outback Queensland, and travels interstate to teach workshops in printmaking and mixed media.
Linocuts are Linda's favoured printmaking technique... "while it's a meditative, slow method, there's a directness that makes the finished result a quick and satisfying one".
Montage of 'Umiko and the Wrasse' - narrative and images by the artist. Entry, Double Exposure Exhibition 2016, Sculpture prize, Shorncliffe Pottery Club, 2017 (left). 'Umiko and the Wrasse' -Linoprinted boat, monoprinted pages, handwritten text (centre). 'Umiko and the Wrasse' - clay doll, linoprinted handmade dress, linoprinted coptic bound miniature book (right).
Excerpt from 'Botanical Perspectives', Double Exposure 2017. Botanical printing on paper (left). 'Singularity' - the point in a black hole where gravity ceases to exist. Singularity, CPI Exhibition, 2018. Linoprint on paper (centre). 'Singularity' - Singularity, CPI Exhibition, 2018 Linoprint on paper (right).
'Skin' - Each of these animals is on the endangered list. Their skin pattern are unique. Singularity, CPI Exhibition 2018, Linoprint on paper (left). Lion series, linocuts (right).
'Fables', (detail) Biblioart Book Awards, handbound book, 1of 6, linoprints, monoprints (left and centre). 'Fables', Biblioart Book Awards, handbound books, linoprinted and monoprinted covers (right).
'Skin', Singularity, 2018 (left). 'The Gypsy Goddess', Biblioart Book Awards, 2017 caravan holding 3 hand bound mini books, tarot cards, linoprints (centre). 'The Gypsy Goddess', narrative by the artist, coptic handbound book (right).
Gypsy Caravan, Biblioart entry photo (left).
Sue grew up on a cattle property in the Taroom district and now lives at Alton Downs. She is primarily a photographer, drawn to images of natural subjects and now delving into impressionistic photography. She likes colour and movement, softness and hints of clarity in her images.
She has some formal photography training, but is largely self-taught, learning through experimentation. Following the recent (2019) Double Exposure exhibition, she has now begun to explore different printmaking techniques.
I am a printmaker, working at the moment primarily in lino. My interest in printmaking began after studying various modules of the Certificate III in Visual Arts Course at the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE, studying under Peter Indans.
Mostly my work is influenced by nature but my final images are often more determined by the tool and ink marks themselves rather than the original object of inspiration. For me, the enjoyment and excitement of the printmaking process are of greater value than the final result itself.
I am a visual artist and educator based in Emu Park, Queensland. I work in all areas including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital art. I have 16 years' experience teaching Visual Arts and currently I am the senior Visual arts teacher at Rockhampton Girls Grammar School. I am a member of Capricornia Printmakers and the Emu Park Art Gallery.
After teaching secondary school Art for 25 years, I resigned to devote time to my own, neglected art practice, to participate in workshops and courses. Recent works have used printmaking and a variety of 3-D media to create small, staged assemblages that play with scale, textures and hopefully, speak to the viewer about some aspects of being human. I joined the Emu Park Gallery in 1012. As a member of the Capricorn Printmakers, I've enjoyed playing with a variety of printmaking techniques particularly for exhibitions that permit a great deal of experimental work.
Originally from Kenya, Sarah Larsen travelled extensively before settling near Thangool in central Queensland, Australia. She is an artist who creates in abstract, impressionist and traditional styles infusing her works with enigmatic wisdom whilst retaining passion and playfulness.
Larsen exhibits regularly in fine art galleries in Australia and represented Australia at the Florence Biennale. She is represented by Art on Cairncross and her works in featured in private, corporate and government collections.
Larsen has been featured in a number of publications and is the author and illustrator of a children's book on Autism spectrum Disorder. As a tutor and mentor, Larsen gains great satisfaction from assisting individual emerging artists to find their unique voice. Larsen is continually expanding her skill base enjoying her current exploration of cold wax media together with drawn, painted, and printed imagery on a variety of substates including repurposed tea bags and polycarbonate sheets.
The landscape, (and our relationship to it), literally, analogically and spiritually form the basis of this "evolving" body of work. The artist invites a more introspective perspective, allowing her audience a chance to explore the painting's surface unearthing the mystery beneath perhaps as a refection of themselves.
Artist, Author, Sculptor, Tutor.
Cold wax media on board 2021
Mixed media with gold leaf on watercolour paper 2020
Mixed media on brown paper 2021
Cold wax media on paper 2021
Having grown up in Central Queensland, its landscape and culture, particularly of the Capricorn Coast, is a source of inspiration for Amanda Lawrence, manifesting in print works and art jewellery.
While meandering along the beaches of the area, she found many 'treasures' washed up and has incorporated some of these as her inspiration for the 2018 Singularity exhibition. Using pieces of driftwood and scraps of old plates for her matrices she hoped to evoke the uniqueness we each possess, while being part of a singular species.
I signed up for lino printing workshops after the Double Exposure exhibition caught my eye. I am now a member of Capricornia Printmakers.
Peta 'plays' in her studio everyday, she prints using her treasured etching press, applies encaustic to wood, paper and plaster, makes artist's books and journals, collages with textiles and stitch. Peta also assembles visual narratives that are housed in vessels and boxes. Peta's studio is often referred to as 'a cabinet of curiosities', her found objects line the benches of her studio, proudly displayed in glass bottling jars as well as inside wooden boxes or suitcases.
There are times when Peta isn't in her studio, she may be weeding her garden or even doing a spot of housework, or she may be 'somewhere' around the country teaching others the skills of printmaking, collage, encaustic work, artist's books or assemblage.
Peta likes to 'mix 'n match' techniques, using stitch and encaustic on paper or, crocodile teeth and porcelain doll parts in assemblages. Collagraph and drypoint plates are Peta's favourite printmaking techniques.
Incorporating intricate Persian motifs into her works, Nellie practices predominantly in lino printing, creating beautiful visual stories borne from a passion for creativity and the unpredictability of her craft. Aiming to instil a sense of peace and calm, Nellie's works are the embodiment of tranquility, immediately transporting the viewer to moments of serenity.
As a qualified graphic designer Nellie also has the eye for creating works on larger scales. Her public art and installations have become a significant part of the region's artistic landscape. Along with her public works, Nellie has exhibited internationally in Tehran as well as locally, most notably with her solo exhibition at the Rockhampton Art Gallery.
I am a member of the Rockhampton Photography Club and the Capricornia Printmakers Inc, thoroughly enjoying both genres of artistic expression.
New to printmaking in the last two years, I am enjoying exploring the multitude of possibilities for this form of art. I am also exploring combining my photography with a printmaking aspect, attending workshops with Ellie Young at Gold Street Studios out of Melbourne for alternative/historic photographic hand printing processes, such as Gum Bichromate, Palladium & Platinum and Collodion Chloride.
Gum Bichromate, Boudhanath Stupa, Nepal, 2019 (left); Cyanotype detail, Leaves, 2019 (right)
Shell Memories Artists Book, Double Exposure Exhibition 2019(left); Cyanotype, Exhibited in Rhythms 2019 (right).
Looking at the ocean with its mixture of rich colours, the water lapping around children's feet and a black and white dog splashing among the waves, I am thinking why do I want to create something? This is a challenging question to answer and would differ from person to person. To create something can be wonderful, frustrating, challenging and demanding. Demanding for not only the physical self, but also for the other subtle bodies, of mind, emotions and spirit.
I started part time art courses at the East Sydney Technical College in the 60s, which I had to give up due to work commitments. Spent many years in India and during that time I was occasionally able to express my creativity with illustrations for yoga books, which were made into blocks for our printing press.
Some years ago I completed my Diploma of Visual Arts in Rockhampton, majoring in painting and printmaking and have subsequently attended many other art courses.
What do I do?
Some painting in oils and acrylics, a little watercolour.
Some printmaking with all sorts of tools and plates. Etching and lino, embossed plates and collagraphs.
I have been involved with the Mill Gallery, Yeppoon for some years and shown my work in their many exhibitions. Also exhibited worked in the Bayton Awards and CQU and other institutions.
Capricornia Printmakers Inc. is a group of eclectic printmakers who want to explore and expand their art. As a part of this group I have shown prints in all our annual exhibitions for the past 8 years.
What inspires me? Unusual use of colour, graphic shapes, simplicity... but I love some of the old masters. A brush stroke of Rembrandt's can leave me in wonder as well as a Hokusai print.
E Hong Seah
Phillipa Sturgess has dabbled in a range of artistic styles through her adult life,, with dance becoming her main creative endeavour for many years. Recently entering a post-employment phase of her life has allowed Phillipa to further explore the discipline and serendipity of the visual arts, currently through the medium of relief printing.
"A Flowering of Form": Off the Wall 2019
Primarily working with digital prints, Lynn is a computer-based model designer and printmaker with an audio-visual background. He has worked with print, photography, film and television, radio, and training simulations; and has a passion for developing large interpretive posters for museum and other educational purposes.
Lynn's personal archives.
Dragon and Phoenix linoprint for Origins Exhibition, 2018 (left). Yeppoon Goods Shed decoupage for Singularity Exhibition 2018 (right).
Disposable wall poster showing the 80 plus exterior images in the House of Cards. Eighteen plus views, chosen randomly, make up each of five unique works with Peta Lloyd's prints on the reverse side.
House of Cards assemblage at 2019 Off The Wall exhibition. Exterior views (lz) and interiors (pl).
Swamp Bloodwood triptych (digital print) from photos by Ian McKeague, Double Exposure 2019.
Monoprint, bound flag book 2019.
Monoprint detail November 2019, end of double-sided print used for flag book.
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