Print Demos

Saturday 7 May 2022, 10am – 5pm. 

Get an insight into a variety of different hands-on printmaking techniques in these inspiring back-to-back demos. Meet the artists and learn how they incorporate a particular print medium into their practice.

Note: All demos are 45 minutes long and will take place in Room 11 Upstairs. Space is limited so make sure you’re there early, so you don’t miss out!

See the full programme of artist demos below.

Chine collè | Alexis Neal

Sat 7 May 2022 | 10:15am – 11am | Free

The simple technique of chine collè will be demonstrated by experienced printmaker and educator Alexis Neal. Gain an insight into the technique that must be done without wasting time at the critical point of gluing. Learn about how to apply the archival paste and place the tissue on the etching plate before putting it through the press. See a selection of Japanese washi and handmade papers commonly used in chine collè and find out why some papers are more suitable than others for this process. 


Primarily the backbone of my art practice is the medium of print, although I have studied Maori weaving for several years now transforming my practice. The hand of the artist is evident, handmade pulled editioned prints, leaving my signature mark behind. I am a maker, who is driven by technical skills; printmaking provides me with a type of making that essentially is about the processing of print techniques that best suit my ideas. The exploration of cultural identity, the value of history and the complexities of human connection are contemplated, to show how artefacts can be both personal adornment and remnants of material culture. Here, the Maori story is rendered with contemporary materials. It is a simple, effective weave. It is social and personal, cultural and human. It includes you.


Gyotaku Fish Prints – full utilization of what we harvest | Tim Li

Sat 7 May 2022 | 11:15am – 12pm | Free

The traditional art of gyotaku (fish printing) will be showcased using sustainably caught New Zealand fish species. Visitors will get an insight into the process of creating these unique prints using ink and mulberry paper /cotton. Visitors will experience how to appreciate, commemorate, and respect what we take from the oceans, fully utilizing what we harvest through this unique art technique.


I am a printmaker and graphite pencil artist based on the Kapiti Coast. I produce work aimed at celebrating the beauty and diversity of our aquatic flora and fauna in New Zealand.


Instagram & Facebook: @timliart 

Pastel Drawing Screen-printing |Toni Mosley

Sat 7 May 2022 | 12:15am – 1pm | Free

Catch Toni Mosley sharing a simple drawing based screen-printing process. This process uses water soluble oil pastels to draw directly on screen to pull a print. You will get to see the process, materials used as well as see examples using this technique. 


Toni Mosley is an artist based in Auckland (originally Colorado/ Wyoming) that loves ink on paper. She works in printmaking, drawing and artist books. Her work is inspired by the people she meets and the stories they tell. She has a love for working within the community whether this is with pop-up print workshops or the art classes she teaches to those ages 5 to 65+.


Facebook:@Toni Mosley- Printmaking Artist 

Paper Marbling | John Pusateri

Sat 7 May 2022 | 1:15pm – 2pm | Free

Come and see first-hand the fascinating art of paper marbling. Learn all the tips and tricks from master printmaker John Pusateri, founder of Auckland Print Studio.


John Pusateri is an Auckland based artist and master printmaker with over two decades of studio experience. John founded Auckland Print Studio to provide a collaborative space where artists with any level of familiarity with the print medium can access his technical expertise to realise ambitious projects and produce exciting editioned work. Since then he has worked on editions with prominent New Zealand and international artists.


Instagram: @john.pusateri @aucklandprintstudio

Solarpate Etching | Virginia Guy

Sat 7 May 2022 | 2:15pm – 3pm | Free

Solarplate is a simple, spontaneous approach to etching which offers a more economical and non-toxic alternative to traditional etching techniques. See the process of how the image is transferred to the plate and how the plate is inked and printed onto paper. 


Virginia Guy is a photographer and printmaker based in Whangarei. Her desire to work with Solarplates stemmed from a sense of ownership and control that the medium gave her when hand-printing her photographic images. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of the printed image by incorporating different techniques into the finished image such as gold leaf, embossing, chine collè, hand stitching and hand colouring. Seeing herself as a storyteller, her images are imbued with personal symbolism. She works from her print studio at home where she teaches printmaking classes and is a long-time member of Te Kowhai Print Trust.

Instagram: @virginiaprintmaker

ACMA – Abstract Contemporary Maori Art | Paora Tiatoa

Sat 7 May 2022 | 3:15pm – 4pm | Free

See how Paora Tiatoa creates his unique multi-layered silk-screen prints using several screens and stencils. Prints made during the demo will be given away at random to a lucky few – to make sure you’re there! 


Formerly an abstract shape formation painter, I switched to Contemporary Maori art in my third year of study at art school. The last 5 years I combined the two art forms creating what I call ACMA – Abstract Contemporary Maori Art. My new 100 series of work reveals this process in finer detail, although my new prints look like one pass hand screen prints, the aesthetic process is not. My images are scattered on 13 screens, all of my images are from a book Taonga Maori in the British museum. Minus two images on two screens which are personal screens to me but have used in this series. I then abstract, make stencils, assemble, construct and make multi-individual passes of ink to produce the final image. It’s labour intensive but the outcome is worth it.


Instagram: @paorasprints

Tetrapak | Lauren Drescher

Sat 7 May 2022 | 4:15pm – 5pm | Free

Visitors will see the process of how to create drypoint etchings using empty Tetrapak cartons. Preparation of plates, transfer of drawings and various methods of mark making will be demonstrated. Methods of home printing with Tetrapak plates will be discussed.


Lauren Drescher lives and works in Auckland. A frequent traveller, she has adapted her printmaking practice to fit into a suitcase.  Size and weight restrictions influence her choice of materials and inspire her to seek alternative means. Recycled materials can lead to the evolution of new practices such as Tetra Pak printmaking. Drescher attended Cooper Union School of Art in New York City. 

She has a printmaking degree from Central St. Martins in London. Currently on view; Still Life, Wild Places, at the Katherine Mansfield House, Wellington, until the 31st of October 2021.

Instagram: @lauren.drescher