at FLOWA studio, room 11, level 1 116 York Street, Launceston, 7250 Australia
You are creative! This is to be explored and enjoyed. Messy Press offers the resources to find your inner artist through affordable art workshops.
Messy Press offers affordable workshops to adults and children of all skill levels, helping them explore their creative capacity through printmaking in a working studio environment. Printmaking is the transfer of an image from one surface or object to another such as paper or fabric. Drawing skills are not necessary, but may be developed through printmaking as participants work through the various components of images. Techniques can also be incorporated easily into other projects including paper and textile based crafts. Based in FLOWA studio, a visitor friendly shared working environment, Messy Press is operated by Kelly-Marie Lewis, a recent Tasmanian College of the Arts graduate, TAFE Diploma graduate, majoring in printmaking and former curriculum-based teacher's assistant. Workshops for adults, as well as school holiday and after school activities for children aged 10-11, and 12-14 are offered as non-committal recreational learning in small groups. Workshop structure is based on methods easily replicated at home at low cost, with fees inclusive of all materials and discounts applying to multiple bookings per person in selected workshop series.
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Lots of testing, adjustments and final working proofs which I've coloured before moving onto the really nice quality paper.
Trialing this term with a range of methods and materials. You can encourage their creativity - I'm happy to deal with the mess :).
How many ways can you make the same image? Usually too many for me to settle on one. This camellia is simple in itself, but breaking it into parts and layers gives more options to play with. And playing is good for you! What possibilities can you see?
A still life woodcut detail collaged - reusing a sketch, then a printed design. Carving the tones was almost hypnotic. It's a nice way to relax and zone out. I am running Monday evening still life classes at 128 St John Street on a BYO material basis at $15/ person (BYO materials and no special equipment makes this so affordable). Still life is a great way to improve drawing skills and an eye for design and detail. These classes are also a good opportunity to get out of the house as we move into the cold months! Classes run from 6-8pm and bookings can be made through myself on 0434 335 361, or through Sharon Jensen on 0478 054 932.
I've thrown myself into a quick feel-good project to deal with an idea I've had for a long time and never made anything of. I will be printing a limited edition and I will be working on at least one more page for this doll. But in any case I have so much satisfaction bringing something I'd thought about so long into reality. On that note, make something just for fun because it feels good. Bookings for tomorrow's linocut workshop are still available. Contact details via page.
Improve your drawing skills Monday nights with this still life group (not to be confused with life drawing - we're working with objects, not models :) ).
Young children have a natural inclination to express things that are most meaningful to them which makes their art so beautiful. We're looking forward to pinning up our bits and pieces next weekend, like this little masterpiece. Hope to see you there :).
I'm heading in this afternoon to finish re-painting the hallway outside FLOWA studio in preparation for next weekend's Small Achievements event. All are welcome to come along and grab a free paper doll page at the same time - you can hang about in the studio colouring and cutting, too. There's still time to book places in tomorrow's monoprinting workshop following the eventbrite link on the event page. You can contact me for more information on 0434 335 361 or at email@example.com.
I couldn't help myself... I had to make a number of unique states (one off versions) simply because I love to. And I love tearing, and layering, and adding colour. These are for sale at $25 each (there are a couple which arent pictured). They look happy on a wall :). Free black and white versions to colour and cut out in the studio are available next weekend during my family's exhibition, Small Achievements. Come in and enjoy.
What a crazy couple of weeks! It's great to be in my new home and finally starting to unpack and create some order. I'm feeling really blessed after having to evacuate early in the week and being able to return with everything intact. All major workshops will now be listed on eventbrite.com.au and can be paid for online (follow the link from event page), with shorter creative sessions like Shoestring Printmaking as pay at the door. Small Achievements on the weekend of 25 and 26 June is a free family event and will feature free activities. If you've needed an excuse to drop in to our open studio, FLOWA, here is a good one!
Spend your Thursday afternoon playing in our studio, making art from almost anything.
My children and I are taking over FLOWA with art and craft projects we've held on to over the years and displaying it over a weekend. Come in for a look, hang out in the studio and join in cutting and colouring Messy Press paper dolls.
What traces of us would people in find in the future where we are living now? This was a past project that resonates at the moment in the final preparations for our move tomorrow morning. I made a small linocut series on remnant household materials and hand coloured them with residues like dust and ash - contemporary cave painting. I should be back in the studio for a while on Wednesday and for the Shoestring Printmaking creative session Thursday afternoon. No bookings are required, just $15 pay on the day. Come and get experimental :).
I've been meaning to add some photos of work from the Monday night still life classes at 128 St John Street (which means remembering to take some!) Still life, drawing objects and arrangements, is a great way to build your drawing skills. It's really interesting to see the different drawing style of each person and the details they come to focus on. Sessions run 6-8pm and cost $15 at the door. Come along!
Weekday creative sessions each Thursday afternoon, playing with techniques and mixed media. Use unconventional materials and methods to add to craft and other projects. Book or just drop in.
This is the new studio relief press, Jackie, who I am very grateful to have had made. I've been testing her out - like any piece of equipment it takes a little bit to get a feel for. I am counting down the days before a house move with my head in many places at once and struggling to get on top of things, but have a new line up of workshops and activities over June. Stay posted!
We went out today and met David.
Colour fun next Saturday. Book and pay online.
The value is in enjoying the process, not the outcome.
Do you feel inspired by children's art? I've saved this robot for five years, pinning it up the second my son brought it home. May workshops are about techniques and approaches working with colours and colour effects, beginning this Saturday with the possibilities achievable with basic blacks and whites (and maybe a splash of something a bit louder). Bookings for all workshops are open via message through the Messy Press Printmaking Workshop page, by calling me on 0434 335 361, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the sudden popularity of adult colouring books, have you wondered if adults felt they needed permission to colour in?
It was a spontaneous decision, and although it is a product, I made it for the fun of making and for the fun of using.
By playing as adults, we reap the same benefits socially, physically and mentally improving our own sense of wellbeing.I went out to Avalon Arts and Function Centre recently where the initiative, Art Laundromat is being developed around adult education with a focus on fun and permission to play, and I aim to participate in their program in the near future.
While I am still offering linocut classes over May and drawing classes through Sharon Jensen in St John Street, I am launching Shoestring Printmaking sessions over winter focused on improvisation, play and mixed media messiness.
Art, play and fun: the concept for upcoming Shoestring Printmaking workshops.
One final note here in the spirit of art and the inner child: my kids have wanted a little family exhibition for a while, and as all our treasures are unearthed in preparation to move, we're setting them aside to exhibit in June.
The bold graphic qualities normally associated with relief printing - lino and wood - are well suited to high contrast images in black and white.
More advanced techniques such as multi-blocks (different coloured areas are printed from different blocks), jigsaws (cutting the block into areas for different colours and reassembling for print) and reduction (carving areas away between printing in different colours) require a fair bit of planning in design.
Patterned origami and scrapbooking papers can work well as long as they allow enough contrast for the print to be seen well against it - this goes for the detail of the pattern as well as the depth of colour.
An easy starting point is to print in colour from an uncarved block of the same or slightly smaller size than that of the carved image.
Basic and intermediate samples from workshop participants clockwise from top left: white over green ink, black on white paper with the addition of chine colle (collage piece added at time of printing) providing the red of a waratah, white on black paper, white on black with hand colouring in pencil, a carved block inked with a black and white blend or rainbow roll.
The four of us - Janine Shields, Steffi Kelly, Sabrina Gibson and I - had worked alongside each other in the TAFE printmaking studio and between us we had a good range of equipment and supplies.
Janine and I especially felt ready to find a new studio space and we began to scout around for a place to relocate and develop around the FLOWA studio concept.The short-term nature of a pop-up from our point of view both offered us a space to work and exhibit with maximum control but without the planning lengthy commitments require.
On a personal note, the original FLOWA studio experience helped me look at different paths I could take as an artist and build enough confidence to begin Messy Press with the new FLOWA studio as its base.
One of the great things about printmaking as a discipline is the flexibility in the types of source images which can be used to create an original work.
If you are going to make copies of specific images - that is, they look just like the original - it's fine as long as the original artist is credited in the title.Photographs and outsourced images are also good for people who lack confidence in their drawing skills.
With many printmaking processes, relief printing included, the finished product will be a mirror image of the design on the material you have printed from.
Some like to tint the surface of the block with a colour, such as red, which will make cutting marks more visible without impacting the visibility of the transferred image.
The original image now acts as a guide to cutting out lines and tonal areas.The source image may have points of reference or clues to the kinds of marks most suitable to bring out its features and qualities.