Tuesday, January 31, 2012
On my second visit to Korea in 2009, Narae Kim took me to her artist book supply shop. Wow the wonders to behold. I could have spent all day there. Some bamboo paper folders for bookbinding took my eye because the bone ones I normally use and sell had climbed up to $18 each.
These bamboo ones were lovely to hold and use and a fraction of the price. I bought 50 of them as a start. I have since reordered 3 times, they are so popular!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Don Pybus has laid out to dry his latest series of 3 colour wood block prints. These are 2011 cards for his family and friends. 'Pohutukawa'. Don has been attending Homeprint for a weekly workshop for the last 12 years!
An arcroc cup sits on the bed of the Albion (1872) just before being dismantled and taken to the movie set in Auckland City. The press performed its job very well and should appear in a documentary shot about Kate Sheppard's life. In the movie Kate is negotiating the printing of 30,000 flyers, by hand, to be printed on a press like the Albion. Around 1882.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Alison Waldrom (visiting 'The Learning Connexion' Student) wets the sponge with the fountain solution, to wet the plate, to roll the ink. This is done a number of times so the ink is saturated on the plate and produces a good print.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Alf and his son Grant Williams visit to look over the printery. They are visiting from Papakura with their vintage cars. Both cars are on display in the Feilding Square.
Alf spent most of his working life as a printer for Coulls Sommerville and Wilkie. He had a number of interesting tales to tell. including the fact that some people were selling vintage car weetbix cards and he had actually printed those many years ago in Christchurch!
David Young and Geoffrey Bertran visit Homeprint to look at the letterpress collection and catch up after retirement. David was owner/manager of 'Websters' wonderful art supply and framing shop in Wellington. Davids friend Geoffrey Bertran and he share a passionate interest in old cars and they both own and drove their 1929 Essex cars to a national car rally in Wanganui and shot over to Feilding for the day.
Hannah Lock spends her last day at Homeprint, as an apprentice for the last 6 weeks, during her holiday break. She is putting the type away from a lovely wedding invitation she designed and printed with Bianca Beauchamp.