Eight Hawke’s Bay artists contribute to the exhibition
Kathy Boyle, Terrie Reddish and Cate Godwin are three of eight artists from Hawke’s Bay, and others from across the country, who created the Thinking Unfolding exhibit. Photo / Paul Taylor
Eight Hawke’s Bay artists collaborated with printers across New Zealand for a traveling exhibition that explores the idea of the artist’s book.
Kathy Boyle, Julie Henderson, Cate Godwin, Pam Hastings, Terrie Reddish, Gracen Salisbury, Bev Trillo and Lisa Feyen from Hawke’s Bay contributed to the Print Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) traveling exhibition Thinking Unfolding.
Currently exhibiting at the Hastings City Gallery, the artists “develop and explore the idea of the artist’s book by pushing the concept of the book one step further, creating works of art inspired by the form and / or function of an artist. delivered”.
The works use a range of techniques and materials that go beyond traditional printmaking.
Julie trained in textile art, then bookbinding in 1990 led her to a natural progression towards printmaking in 2002.
Land of the Mist is inspired by Lake Waikaremoana, where she spends time with her family.
“The natural beauty of Lake Waikaremoana and Te Urewera National Park is my inspiration for my book, the printed images, the ecologically dyed plant material, the typography.”
Another piece, Emergence created with another exhibiting artist Pam, is inspired by the gardens of Keirunga, the fire that burned the creative center there and the reconstruction.
Cate’s work in this exhibition is titled You Wouldn’t Judge Me By My Cover, Would You? and is a collaborative piece created with her daughter Emily Revell who lives in Wellington.
This is an old piece of cardboard that is reused in a “book” and is a large, glued wall piece that incorporates Cate’s prints in various media and the face of a teenage girl created by Emily in high school.
“Confidence in individual decision-making was essential to his success.”
Terrie’s Just My Type piece is essentially a character sampler – a way for her to provide potential customers with sample characters available in her print studio. His book is a traditional piece using the new oriental binding technique which allows him to incorporate pages with pockets containing sample cards.
“I like to use old materials and traditional skills to create contemporary works of art.
“Much of my work incorporates a play on words and is designed to encourage the viewer to think about how the piece was created.”
Bev’s journey to printmaking began when she was studying at EIT’s IdeaSchool and she is inspired by the small details, colors and patterns of the natural environment.
Her piece Hands in Nature was created using ecological dyeing – a process using natural plant materials. The book was then covered with a linocut imprint of his hands, as well as a subtle embossing.
Kathy and Lisa’s collaborative piece After the Storm was created over days of working together, screen printing and sewing to produce the deconstructed ledger.
Lisa and her family collected plastic debris from a beach that Kathy used to create the background for the pages by dyeing, printing and fusing the plastic onto a canvas.
“I tend to push the boundaries of printmaking by enjoying the problem-solving challenges that it presents. My immediate rural environment and concern for the environment is often reflected in my work, ”says Kathy.
Thinking Unfolding also features other works by print artists from New Zealand and runs through August 22.