The downstairs studio was originally established with the aim of providing a collaborative, inspiring and supportive environment for printmakers who share our love of the original, creative print. The studio is equipped with an etching press and a letterpress that can also be used for relief printing. As well as the usual amenities (inking stations, sinks, paper table, small book press, guillotine…) there is access to a resource library, meeting spaces and a kitchen and lunch area.

We have recently reconfigured the space to allow for more diverse art-making, including painting, drawing and art therapy.

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KATE RILEY

Kate originally trained and worked as a graphic designer, but decided to leave the digital world behind for the inky attractions of printmaking. She graduated in 2010 with a BFA (Hons) from the National Art School, where she focussed on the now rather esoteric area of mezzotint. Kate is fascinated by the spaces and objects we abandon, and the significance they continue to hold long after we have left them behind.

“I find working in mezzotint (and drawing in charcoal) rewarding and inspiring: the allure of velvety blacks and shifting tones is irresistible. For me, the concentration and time that is needed to produce even the smallest mezzotint print allows a space for the work to develop. Although I am a naturally loud person, the mezzotints demand a quiet and measured voice.”

For more information about Kate and her work, visit her here.

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YORI TAJITSU PRICE

Yori was born in Yokohama, Japan and immigrated to Australia in 2000. In 2013 she completed a MFA at The National Art School (NAS), majoring in printmaking. Her work interprets Japan’s native nature aesthetic, which colours her perspective with its placement of nature at the centre of its philosophy. She also represents the universal aspect into two dimensional forms, influenced by interspace ideology. 

Her current projects are about integrating her native spiritual aspect with the new environmental status within printmaking practice, which depicts her fundamental aesthetic within Japanese symbolic colour themes which represent; nature, poetic mood and her inner spiritualism as her own generated language.

For more information about Yori and her work, visit her here.

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MICHELE SKELTON

Michele has always been an analog girl, starting her creative life in the fashion industry. Having studied printmaking at the National Art School, Sydney, she now brings her eye for detail, colour and line to the creation of elegantly intricate prints and books.

“I am interested in the object, the souvenir; collected as a memento. Later, it becomes the visual reminder of a special time. Time can change memories, but it is the personal experience in the story that unfolds on rediscovering the object that intrigues me.”

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ESTHER NEATE

The surfaces that surround us provide maps for navigating a history of change; of activity in that space, of natural phenomena, bodies and elements. Through a process and material driven approach I investigate patterns of transformation and representations of the passage of time.

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FRANCES NIELSEN

Fran worked as a designer and art director for twenty years in the advertising industry, in London and Adelaide. She completed her Masters in Art Therapy at the University of Western Sydney in 2005 and works as an art therapist at the Walker Adolescent Unit, Concord Centre for Mental Health with traumatised children and their families. She also has a private practice in art therapy for adults and young people.

In her personal art making Fran explores her relationship with her unconscious through dreams and discovering the metaphoric meaning found in familiar everyday objects.