Winter is a good time to reflect - here's a summary of summer:
In January I travelled to Napier for the PCANZ (Print Council Aotearoa New Zealand) Summer School. Our tutor was Dianne Fogwell from Australia, who focused on relief printing for the three day workshop. Generous with her knowledge and very thorough with all technical aspects of planning and execution, Dianne offered us a lot to learn. I came away with little to show - one carved matrix and lots of notes - but armed with skills, techniques and tricks of practice that will keep on giving. Cheers to all who make it happen and to the print studio at EIT for having us.
I've been printing Lovely Nature on plywood. My Luchadore + San Pedro has made it onto the label of some seriously addictive hazelnut and chipotle chilli brittle at Baron Hasslehoffs. I covered a plaster of paris skull with etchings of natives and curled ropes for the Skulltopia event in New Plymouth last weekend and featured two works in the NZ Art Show in Wellington.
A few weeks ago we went and stayed at the Sisters Of Compassion up the river at Hiruharama. An annual pilgrimage. I am going to go back for many days alone to work on a project that I feel has scope and depth. Something about and for and after Mere and Hemi.
The last five days have been fraught with my dear Grandad in hospital with pneumonia. He is a remarkable man whom I love very much. It is his 93rd birthday on Friday.
And harvest comes and the leaves yellow and fall and here we are. Here and now.