Our road trip to IMPACT Melbourne......international printmaking conference. 27th - 30th September 2011.
The Hill End Press Office is full with showbags full of goodies that we still have to get in and wade our way through. Organic inks and ideas.
The conference for printmaking from around the world at Monash University Art and Design faculty called Intersections & Counterpoints was the 7th meeting for artists, curators, gallerists, writers, theorists, collectors, students and more, It originally started at the University of Western England, Bristol.
The first day kicked off with John Loane master printmaker and artist Mike Parr on there ongoing collaborative partnership. I think for students this would have been a good insight into using alternative equipment rather than the formal etching tools (drills, sanders etc) and thinking up big scale.
One of the most interesting talks for us was with Annis Fitzhugh (GBR) on digital at DCA Print Studio where they make the most of new technologies without abandoning the traditional skills.
The studio house computerized laser equipment for wood cuts that one could program from their home direct to the studio, walk in the next morning and hey its done.
Here the students of DCA made the comment of the experience is the carving and enjoyment that this brings but there is a definite place for this equipment, the potential is huge.
The best thing about DCA is that they had equipment for all forms of printmaking be it letterpress, digital, laser and traditional etching presses. It was a student and teacher dream environment.
Also panel Gestetner to One Arm Bandit chaired by Alison Alder from Megalo Canberra, discussion with Glenn Buckley, Anna Zagala, Michael Callaghan and Minigraff on political and street art and where this sits in context with the art world.
It was on the whole a very rounded conference, sometimes the speakers would read from their notes which made it a bit dry at times but the overall feeling was of really opening up the printmaking practice and standing it on its head.