Festival time is coming and June promises to be full of printmaking fun with the annual Medway Print Festival, now in its fourth year. Exhibitions and workshops with a printmaking theme will be springing up across Rochester, Chatham and Upnor over two weeks from Friday 7th to Sunday 23rd June.
What’s on at INTRA during the Festival?
At INTRA we’ll be hosting an exciting exhibition ‘Ends of the Earth‘ with new prints by Kristiina Sandoe. Recent travels to New Zealand and Finland were her inspiration, with clever layered imagery using Gelli printing and collagraph capturing the atmosphere of these landscapes beautifully.
If you’re intrigued by the monoprinted works in our exhibition, perhaps come along to try out Gelli printing with Xtina Lamb on Wednesday 12th June. Take an in-depth look at the technique in a three hour class, exploring this versatile print method using a flexible rubbery plate. Great for nature prints, textures, stencil work, and layering colour to create beautiful images and patterns. Xtina has developed gelli monoprinting processes for her artworks and shares her methods in this class.
Booking essential, £45 medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk/gelli-printing/
We’re launching a new addition to our classes during the festival, Mokulito – lithography with wooden plates led by artist Kasia Parker. Mokulito is an alternative lithographic technique, relatively new in the UK, where the printing surface is made of plywood instead of a stone block. Wooden plates can be cut into as well as draw onto, building up contrasting lines, textures and atmospheric imagery. Learn the principles of this exciting technique with Kasia Parker over two Sundays, experimenting with mark making and trying various printing methods. Sunday 16th and 23rd June
Booking essential, £140 medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk/mokulito-lithography/
On Saturday 22nd June, learn some Simple Bookbinding techniques in a three hour workshop. Study examples of artists’ books and create hand- sewn pamphlets and a concertina book with cloth covers. Decorate the pamphlet covers and endpapers with simple prints of your own design, or pre-made stamps.
Booking essential, £40 medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk/simple-bookbinding/
Also on Saturday 22nd, Nick Morley, aka Linocutboy and author of the excellent book ‘Linocut for Artists and Designers’, leads an introductory Linocut workshop exploring ways to get great results with relief printing. With examples of prints, methods to transfer your design, safe techniques for using and sharpening tools, how to ink up your carved block, choosing papers and printing, there are lots of useful tips to learn.
Booking essential, £75 medwayfineprintmakers.co.uk/linocut/
Xtina will also be popping up at Upnor Castle on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June, with a drop-in workshop to print your own Dutch Raid inspired artwork onto a badge or magnet. The activity takes place during the castle’s exciting ‘The Dutch are Coming’ event with re-enactors, demonstrations and cannon fire! Use printing stamps based on images from newspaper reports printed at the time of the Dutch Raid from the Guildhall Museum’s collection. The printing activity is free, however normal admission prices apply for entry to the castle, which includes all The Dutch are Coming event activities (£6.50 Adults, £4 Children).
All ages welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
The full festival programme of exhibitions, events and workshops will be available at medwayprintfestival.com and printed brochures are coming soon to venues, cafes and libraries etc. across the Medway towns.