Untitled by Jordan Metcalf
Soft ground, aquatint and burnishing on Zerkall Bütten 250gsm
Publisher: Warren Editions Price: R 800.00 (excl. VAT)
Untitled II by Hentie van der Merwe
Monotype on Somerset Satin 300gsm
Publisher: Warren Editions Price: R 4,200.00 (excl. VAT)
Master Printmaker Zhané Warren started Warren Editions in October of 2007. The beautiful print studio in Cape Town prints and publishes original fine arts prints by both emerging and established South African visual artists. Although they are not primarily printmakers, these artists are interested in the revival of printmaking as a contemporary medium. The prints are also for sale from the studio.
At Warren Editions, artists are introduced to the time-honoured intaglio and monotype techniques, offering artists the freedom to realise and originate ideas in multiple form.
As a Printmaker you collaborate with artists, tell us a bit more about this process.
At Warren Editions, visual artists are encouraged to explore the multiple possibilities of print so as to develop an individual and sustained pathway in image-making – whether printmaking is the core practice or the support for other processes. Due to the fact that prints are generally comprised of different layers, the artist is faced with the challenge of de-constructing an re-constructing their images. This partnering of play and organization often leads the artist to new directions in his/her general art practice.
Collaboration is central to the developing of the images: the print collaboration is a constant intercession between artist and printmaker. The printer’s role is to introduce the technical possibilities of the medium to the artist and to ensure a consistency in quality. At Warren Editions, the print collaboration is initiated by the artist’s vision. Zhané Warren recommends the best options and is responsible for the technical aspects of the plate production. Along with an assistant, Warren prints the edition after a Bon à Tirer Proof (go-ahead print) has been agreed upon between artist and printer.
Prints, which form part of an edition, each vary slightly in terms of a degree of darkness/lightness and although fine art prints are multiple originals, they are by no means considered reproductions. In fine art or original printmaking, the matrix is made by an artist, or under an artist’s direction, without the intention of reproducing a previously existing work of art. It is due to the fact that the matrix (metal plate) is hand inked and hand wiped that each print within an edition may differ. This of course, renders the printmaking process as significantly bespoke and pleasing to the aesthetes here at WE. At Warren Editions, technique for technique’s sake is avoided. Instead, WE endeavour to strike a balance between content and technique – meaningful content, skill and technique are used to communicate deep convictions and serious play.
Aquatint Workshop 3, 10, 17, 24 September 2011
The instructions given are the methods that are practiced at Warren Editions. Aquatint is a way of making tones.
The dates, times and techniques are as follows:
3 September 2011 / 9:00 – 14:00 > Step-biting, masking working in negative
10 September 2011 / 9:00 – 14:00 > Lift-ground aquatint
17 September 2011 / 9:00 – 14:00 > Spit-bite aquatint and waterbite aquatint
24 September 2011 / 9:00 – 14:00 > Consolidate: Combination of step-biting, lift-ground, spit-bite and/or waterbite aquatint
Cost: R 1,650.00 > This amount covers all 4 days and all the materials are included. What is needed > Your energy and ideas. At the end of the workshop each participant would have made 4 different etchings.
To book please email WE@WARRENEDITIONS.COM
There are only 4 places available.
See the Warren Editions website for more workshops and as well as prints by a wide range of talented local artists. http://www.warreneditions.com/