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Baldessin Press Residency 2017

 

Baldessin Press is the orignal studio of George Baldessin situated in the hills above St Andrews in country Victoria about 40 minutes from Melbourne city. Thanks to the support of Culture and the Arts WA and an unexpected win at the CCP Salon I was able to stay here for five weeks and focus on producing monoprints for the Safe Keeping exhibition in Fremantle in February 2018.

 
 

CCP Salon Win

 

Limited edition photograph titled Two Homes, Deep South with Kimberley Stains won the CCP Salon 2017, Deakin University Photography Prize. Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne

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Support for Safe Keeping Exhibition announced

 

Culture and the Arts WA has kindly supported a residency at Baldessin Press in November 2017 to prepare for the Safe Keeping exhibition at PS Art Space in February 2018.

 

Colour printing tests

 

Print colour testing with Peter Hatzipavlis at The Print Space in Melbourne. Peter had recently visited the Kimberley and could appreciate the colours of the region.

 

Kokowai - NZ ochre

 

While home in Wellington for summer my friend Alistair Fraser kindly shared with me two types of kokowai from different areas of New Zealand. The ochre will be crushed and applied to the surface of New Zealand and Kimberley landscape photographs as part of the Ochre and Light - Two Homes series.

 

I directed and filmed this short documentary about Kimberley Ochre (Ornmol). The video discusses the cultural values, uses and language relating to ochre. We also used the making of this documentary as a media training exercise for Mowanjum arts workers.

 

Wetplate workshop with Craig Tuffin

 

I spent a day with Wetplate artist Craig Tuffin in his studio in Banora Point NSW. This workshop was supported by Country Arts WA.

 
 

Printmaking Training with Basil Hall

 

I left the Kimberley a little early this year and traveled to Braidwood NSW to spend time with Master printmaker Basil Hall. I transported across Australia 50 kg of scratched up metal sheets that I found lying in the pindam on the deceased estate we purchased belonging to bushman Vic Cox. I printed the wear and tear from the metal sheets onto hahnemuhle Rag Paper and then overlapped the Stone tool imagery on top.

 
 

 

I found these metal plates lying in the bush, they once belonged to old Kimberley bushman Vic Cox, All scratched up and covered in red earth, I decided to put them through the printing press. Next week the metal sheets and I travel to Basil Hall's printmaking studio in Braidwood NSW thanks to support from Country Arts WA and Department of Culture and the Arts.