Printmakers Association of Western Australia: ‘Hand Print’

Works from ‘Hand Print’: Wineglass Refractions (above); Art Deco Interior (right) and The Urban Jungle (below).

Elizabeth Morrison, president of the Printmakers Association of Western Australia, discusses the exhibition Hand Print, the 2017 members’ exhibition.

Imprint: What is the background to Hand Print and what are its aims?

EM: We chose to call it Hand Print this year to reflect our stated goal of promoting traditional print techniques while also embracing the new. All prints in our exhibitions must have an element of hand technique in them.

Our annual members’ exhibition is an opportunity for our members with all levels of experience to show their work in a professional setting. Less experienced members learn from the more experienced ones about framing, curating and how to manage an exhibition. We also aim to promote printmaking in WA to the widest possible audience. There were 69 entries from 28 printmakers. There will be collographs, monoprints, lino cuts, collaged works, mixed media to name a few techniques that will be represented.
Imprint: What are you thoughts about the WA printmaking scene – it seems to be very strong and cohesive?
EM: Considering WA is such a vast state with printmaking groups scattered across is we work together very well to assist and promote each other and to have our work recognised outside of the state and internationally.
Laura A. Taylor, WA Print Council of Australia, representative is doing a fabulous job of putting WA ‘On the Map’ as the forthcoming exhibition is called. There seems to be quite a resurgence of interest in the printmaking.
Imprint: What are the benefits to members belonging to organisations such as PAWA and the Print Council of Australia?
EM: Being a member of PAWA give our members access to our press and studio. We hold an annual members exhibition an host the bi annual Contemporary Print Media Awards. PAWA puts out a bi-monthly newsletter to which all members are invited to contribute.
PAWA also holds a monthly skill share session for members at our Tresillian Art Centre studio.We share lunch, print making ideas, learn new skills and practise new techniques. It is a social and learning occasion where the joy of collaborating in print can be experienced. We also hold regular workshops to provide tutoring in a variety of print techniques.
Sharing the vast experience and ability of our memberships is an important way to help printmaking in WA to continue to flourish. Being a member of the Print Council is invaluable in keeping us here in the west up to date with current nation wide news and opportunities for printmakers who can feel isolated by the distance of our state.
Hand Print is at Atwell Gallery, 586 Canning Highway, Alfred Cove, WA, until 23 July