I work from my home studio in Wellington. My main passion is intaglio etching in all its forms: drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint and solarplate. I am fortunate to have a big, beautiful printing press, which I love to bits. To me, printmaking is a fascinating alchemical process that is a combination of creativity, chemistry and continual experimentation. The element of surprise when I lift an etching after it’s been through the press never gets old. My current choice of printmaking is solarplating, using plates I import from the USA. I’ve been printing onto beautiful handmade paper such as harakeke paper. I then collage the etchings onto board so each work tells a story of Aotearoa and our flora and fauna.
During COVID-19 lockdown I have also been experimenting with acrylic pours for the first time. These are really rewarding works to create as they also contain elements of surprise and delight.
I have included both types of artworks for sale here. I hope you enjoy them.
Ngā mihi nui, Kirsty.