Book Making: Drum leaf binding

Tutor: Avril Makula
Sunday 28 May 10 am to 4 pm

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Drum leaf binding is an adhesive book structure made up of single folded folios. Pages are ‘drummed’ at the spine and foredge, then the spine and cover are attached. Only one side of each folio is visible when the book is bound, making it a great structure for binding prints, drawings and the like, when only one side of the paper has been used.

Because this is a book with no stitching, it allows for full page spreads uninterrupted by rows of thread in the centre folds. It can be made from a wide range of paper types, it lies quite flat, and is fairly easy to construct. While this book structure is great for binding existing artwork, you can also use blank pages.

In this one-day workshop, suitable for all levels, we will aim to make two books, each using a different spine attachment technique.

Workshop fee: $100 PPA members – $125 non-members

Please go to workshop page for details of materials list and scroll down to button to download booking form to register for attendance at workshop.

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Cyanotype Workshop

Tutor Gail Stiffe 8th and 13th May 2023

Recently, seven participants learnt the cyanotype process with Melbourne artist, book and papermaker, Gail Stiffe. Our experiments gave great results. We enjoyed the 2 days, and I for one am inspired to do more! 

Tutor, Gail with her books, applying chemicals, drying papers
Top: Students displaying their Cyanotypes. Below: details of some works produced on the day
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Making Marks Exhibition – Opening

On Thursday 4th May Primrose Paper art members welcomed friends, family and visitors to our Mezzanine Exhibition – ‘Making Marks’

Top left to right: Susie & Cathie, Syd’s book, Anne & Syd
Middle left to right: Dinah’s book, Alison’s bowl, Karen’s art
Bottom left to right: Cecelia’s art, Mike & Alison, Susie & Bonnie
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Focussing on

Southern Printmakers exhibition

Primrose Paper Arts member Claire Brach will be exhibiting in ‘inside out’.
Please consider a visit to Hazelhurst during the 11 days this exhibition is open.

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Focussing on “Sounds of Sumi” Exhibition

This is a group exhibition to which Primrose Paper Arts member Midori Furze has contributed.

The exhibition will open 11th to 29th May, Thursday to Monday 11am to 5pm.
You are invited to the opening on Thursday May 11th from 3-7pm

Blank Gallery
17 Valentine St

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Mark Making Mezzanine Exhibition

Primrose Paper Arts presents an innovative exhibition of
expressive mark making

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Introduction to paper making workshop

Saturday 11th March 2023

This is the first Introduction to paper making for 2023. There are a few places remaining, but with only 10 days remaining it would be good to register for this. The next scheduled date for this workshop is June 24th,

The full details for this workshop are on the workshop page, please go to tab on menu.

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Focussing on:

Signatures: the mark as the embodiment of identity and intent

10 February – 6 April 2023
Deerubbin Centre, 300 George Street, Windsor NSW 2756

Signatures exhibition presented by
Untethered Fibre Arts Inc. is travelling to
the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW.

For more information on this exhibition
please follow our social media pages or
you can connect the  gallery website directly.

The Signatures exhibition has been
displayed at The Australian Design Centre
in Sydney, Manning Regional Art Gallery
and the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery
in 2021-22 with great feedback. If you were
not able to view it then, we hope
Hawkesbury presents an opportunity
to see this amazing selection of fibre art.

Hope to see you soon,
Untethered Fibre Artists Inc.
instagram: @untethered.fibre.artists

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Past Tips & Tricks Sessions

Mark Making – February 16th 2023

We gaze at rocks, tree bark and rivers twisting their way through the landscape, and ponder the beautiful patterns they make, the colours  exposed in layers. Mark making is a way of decorating paper to emulate those patterns on paper. Hidden somewhere there amongst the paint will be little gems of unexpected lines and patterns that you savour or write over…

This workshop was about making marks that are random and experimental. Using acrylic paint, artists inks, many different brushes, lots of sprayed water, textures, a credit card and a roller – we did not use handmade sticks/brushes. the students were encouraged to be spontaneous whilst being mindful of the words – ‘spray’‘squish’‘sweep’ ‘swipe’ ‘swipe’ ‘swipe’ “sprinkle’….
If using papers for collage, they were encouraged to think about the principles of design; line, direction, shape, size, tone, texture, colour… balance, contrast and repetition.

Below images are of members working projects on the day and papers created using the above principles by Diana. 

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Dry Point Etching

To register for this workshop, please go to Workshop tab on PPA menu bar – scroll down to registration link to access form.

Using Tetra Packs as printing plates.

Tutor: Robert Ives printmaker and member of PPA
PPA workshop Sunday 12th March 2023 10am to 2pm
Workshop limited to 8 students

Printed from a tetra pack plate

Workshop: Robert writes

As a printmaking teacher I have developed drypoint etching plates using tetra packs (milk cartons) for printing. 

Using images from your collection of collage material (magazine photos etc) you will trace an image onto the tetra pack plate using transfer paper, then with a drypoint needle scratch in the traced lines which will hold the etching ink for printing. Water based ink will be applied to the plate using a small diameter paint roller. Excess ink is wiped off using polyester fabric.

Printing will be done on the etching press. At the end of the workshop all materials will be washed with water for future use.

Things to bring:

To collect before workshop: Tetra packs eg. milk or juice cartons (washed & dried).
Images to collage onto the tetra pack plate, printed material from magazines, photos etc, if you wish to keep the magazine image photocopy them for tracing onto the tetra pack plate using transfer paper and a ballpoint pen. Disposable gloves, apron, ball point pen, scissors, masking tape, printing paper 300 x 300 mm, Robert will also have some printing paper for you to use. Bring your lunch.

Workshop fee: $50 PPA members – $70 non-members
Material cost: TBA

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