Print Workshops

Sunday 8 May 2021, 10am – 5pm. 

Learn more about a particular printmaking technique by joining one of our Print Workshops. Open to all skill levels and without needing any prior printmaking knowledge, many techniques are simple enough to be continued at home or in a shared studio space, with a focus on sustainable, non-toxic materials. It will get messy though, so an apron is highly recommended! .  

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Intaglio Printmaking with Recycled Tetrapak Cartons | Lauren Drescher

Sunday, 8 May 2022 | 10:00am – 1:00pm | $70

Discover how to use recycled Tetrapak cartons to create your own dry-point intaglio prints 

Led by Lauren Drescher, the workshop we will cover all the steps necessary from preparation of the empty carton to the transfer of images, drawing, inking, and putting through the etching press.

On the way, you’ll explore various types of mark making, employing both line and tone to achieve dry-point etchings. We’ll also explore possibilities of creating drypoint prints at home without an etching press using non-toxic materials. 

By the end of the workshop you’ll have completed your own drypoint intaglio print and have your own small print edition and etching plate to take home with you.

What to bring: 

  • An apron or old shirt as you’ll be working with oil-based inks. 
  • A few small sketches or images you would like to use to trace onto the plate. 
  • If you have any empty, clean Tetra-Pak cartons feel free to bring them along.
  • All other materials provided. 

About the tutor 

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.

She is delighted to be assisted on this occasion by daughter, Sofia Drescher, who is an artist, illustrator, printmaker, and arts educator currently based in Gisborne. Sofia graduated from Chelsea College of Art and holds a master’s degree in Illustration from the Royal College in London. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

Website: www.ldrescher.com

Check her work out on Instagram: @lauren.drescher and her daughter @sofiadrescher

Note: Lauren will be giving a FREE demo of her Tetrapak printing technique on Saturday, 7 May 4:15pm – 5:00pm at Studio One Toi Tū, Room 11. 


Solarplate Etching | Virginia Guy Sunday, 8 May 2022 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm |$90

Solarplate is a quick, easy, non-toxic alternative to traditional etching techniques.

Explore the fundamentals of transferring an image onto the plate using the simple power of the sun. If overcast, a lightbox will be used. Learn tips and tricks on inking, wiping, and printing your Solarplate on dampened paper and an etching press.

You’ll then explore different possibilities for extending your finished image using simple, but effective techniques including embossing, chine collè, gold leaf, finished etching.

By the end of the workshop, you’ll take home with you an original etching to hang on your wall or gift to a friend.

What to bring 

  • An apron or old shirt as you’ll be working with oil-based inks. 
  • Your tutor will be in touch with you regarding an image for your plate.
  • All materials provided.

About the tutor

Virginia Guy is a photographer and printmaker based in Whangarei. Her desire to work with Solarplate 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.

Check out her work on Instagram: @virginiaprintmaker

Note: See Virginia give a FREE demo of her Solarplate technique on Saturday, 7 May 2:15pm – 3:00pm at Studio One Toi Tū, Room 11.


Letterpress Posters | Graham Judd

Sunday, 8 May 2022 | 10:00am – 1:00pm | $70 

Experience the art of letterpress printing in this fun, hands-on workshop. 

This workshop is perfect for those of you who love typography, design and have always wanted to learn the origins of this artform. Bring your project to life under the expert guidance of Graham Judd of Inkiana Press on his 190-year-old Albion press! 

During the workshop you’ll learn how to set your own type and print from different cases of wooden type. You’ll get to experiment with paper, ink colours and composition.

By the end of the workshop you’ll have designed your own bespoke poster to take home with you.

Don’t miss out – only 6 spaces available! Ideal for beginners. Age: 16 +  

What to bring 

  • An apron or old shirt as you’ll be working with oil based inks. 
  • A quote, phrase or short poem to use for your poster.
  • All other materials provided.

About the tutor

Graham Judd is a master letterpress machinist who runs Inkiana Press from his home studio in Auckland. He is proud to have won a number of Pride in Print awards in recent years, and won the Supreme Award in 2014 where his submission was judged the best print in New Zealand. Passionate about preserving the art of letterpress, he created his Mobile Print Shop which allows him to offer workshops throughout the region using his 1833 Albion press.

Check out Graham’s Instagram: @inkiana.press and website www.inkianapress.co.nz

Note: You can find Graham at the FREE Print Lab where he will be doing live printing on Saturday, 7 May 10am – 5:00pm at Studio One Toi Tū, Room 6. Drop in, ask questions, have a go!


Moana Wood Block Prints | Numa Mackenzie

Sunday, 8 May 2022 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | $70

Create unique patterned textiles using Moana printmaking techniques. 

This workshop is designed for you to learn about different ways to print woodblocks on to textiles. Explore layering and multiple colourways through a selection of pre-carved blocks inspired by Moana patterns and imagery. 

By the end of the workshop, you’ll have your very own piece of hand-printed fabric and tote bag to be used or given as a gift. You can also bring along a piece of clothing or fabric from home to upcycle into something new and original.

Numa will also have some of his original hand-printed merch for sale there too!

Don’t miss out – only 15 spaces available! Ideal for beginners. Age: 16 +  

What to bring 

  • An apron or old shirt as you’ll be working with permanent inks. 
  • Any piece of clothing or other fabric items you’d like to print. 
  • All other materials provided.

About the tutor

Interdisciplinary artist Numangatini Mackenzie works in graf, tatau and mixed media installation. His practice centres on the exploration of urban space and the processes of building connections to his Pacific heritage and people. His research engages with literature on Oceanic art, museum collections as well as collaborations with living practitioners of art forms ranging from tatau, painting, and spoken word to voyaging/navigation and street art.

Find out more about Numa’s work on his  Instagram: @numanaturesgentleman and website: numanaturesgentleman.com


Unfolding Ideas – taking print to the 3rd dimension | Toni Hartill 

Sunday, 8 May 2022 | 10:00am – 1:00pm | $60

Transform your printed images into original 3D objects in this workshop led by Toni Hartill. 

Toni will introduce a variety of simple folded structures and ways that these could be used to express your own ideas and concepts in tactile, 3 dimensional formats. This workshop will be focused on ideas generation and experimentation culminating in your own collection of sculpted samplers and mock-ups as a stepping-stone for future developments.

You’ll be repurposing your own stash of reject or surplus prints, papers and miscellaneous found materials and objects to create something new and exciting.  

Book early so you don’t miss out – only 12 spaces available! All levels welcome. Age: 16 +

What to bring 

  • Journal/pad for taking notes & sketching ideas and a camera/phone to take photos for reference. 
  • A small selection of papers to cut up, fold, glue into structures and to experiment with ideas. Scraps and leftovers are fine. Could include any of the following:
    • Reject and/or surplus print images and papers. Double-sided is good. All-over textures and/or patterns work well too. Anything has possibilities!
    • Found papers eg old maps, gift wrap, craft papers, old book pages, brown paper, textured papers…
    • TIP: if you have some prints or papers that you would like to use in a project but are worried about ruining, photocopy them first to test your ideas with! 
  • All other materials provided

About the tutor

Toni Hartill is an Auckland-based artist. Working primarily as a printmaker, she also creates unique artists books and sculptural works. Common themes in her work include a love for the natural environment, explorations of environmental concerns and a fascination for the strong ties that come with connections to “place”. 

Toni’s solo exhibition of artist’s books and sculptural structures, “Artful Narratives”, is in the Angela Morton Room, Takapuna Library, 2 Oct – 24 Dec. She exhibits regularly in group and selected shows and has works in collections in NZ, Australia, USA and UK. Toni has a BFA, Elam, and a Post Grad Dip of Secondary Teaching, University of Auckland.

Website: www.tonihartillart.blogspot.com

Facebook & Instagram: @tonihartillart 


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

Sunday, 8 May 2022 | 2:00pm – 5:00pm | $70 

Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese printmaking technique originally used by fishermen to create an impression of their catch.

During this workshop you’ll get the opportunity to learn the traditional art of gyotaku using sustainably caught New Zealand fish species. Be immersed in this unique printmaking process to create multiple works which will then be reworked and refined to record visual information using Indian ink, hake brushes and calico cloth and a variety of fish species. 

Develop a skill set aimed at promoting the full utilization of what we take from our oceans and strengthen their appreciation and respect for New Zealand’s marine life.

What to bring 

  • An apron or clothing you don’t mind getting a bit inky.
  • All materials provided.

About the tutor

Tim is a printmaker and graphite pencil artist based on the Kapiti Coast. He produces work aimed at celebrating the beauty and diversity of our aquatic flora and fauna in New Zealand.

Follow Tim on Facebook & Instagram: @timliart  and check out his website: www.timliart.com

Note: You can also catch Tim giving a FREE demo of gyotaku on Saturday, 7 May 11:15am – 12 noon at Studio One Toi Tū, Room 11.


CMYK Screen-printing | Steve Lovett 

Sunday, 8 May 2022 | 10:00am – 1:00pm | $70

The workshop will focus on understanding, integrating, and improving the use of photo imagery in hand-printed screen-print images. 

You’ll be given the opportunity to process a photographic image using Photoshop that can be turned into an original screen-print. Experience printing a CMYK image and gain the confidence to pursue the process at home with a set of comprehensive notes including ink recipes and reference materials to take away with you.  

The workshop will cater to all levels of digital knowledge and screen print knowledge. Some prior knowledge and interest in pursuing this line of working would be useful.

What to bring 

  • Wear an apron or old clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
  • If you have a lap top with Adobe Photoshop (and Illustrator – optional) loaded.
  • All materials provided.

About the tutor

Steve Lovett is a practicing artist and art educator who has taught print for three decades at Manukau Institute of Technology Faculty of Creative Arts, and more recently Elam Te Waka Tūhura at the University of Auckland. 

One focus of Lovett’s teaching is the interface between digital processing and hand printing. 

Lovett maintains an active project-based studio and research practice that is informed by ongoing theoretical investigation.

Follow Steve on Instagram: @stevelovettnz


Screen-printing on textiles | Julie Ilagan, Monica Wang & Josh Leifi

Sunday, 8 May 2022 | 2:00am – 5:00pm | $70 

Be inspired by this creative and practical introduction to screen-printing on fabric. 

Aimed at beginners, you’ll learn step by step how to mix and apply inks, register, and print using pre-exposed screens. Explore the creative possibilities of screen-printing to make bespoke items of clothing, bags and more! 

Everyone should bring five items of their choosing to print. As long as they are flat, we can help you print on it! Shirts, tote bags, tea towels, bandanas, a pre-loved jean jacket will all work great.

Be in quick – only 10 spaces available! No prior experience needed. Age: 16 +

What to bring 

  • Fabric or clothing you’d like to print on.
  • An apron or an old shirt as things get messy! 

About the tutors

Auckland based artists Monica Wang, Julie Ilagan and Josh Leifi all work with screen-printing in their art practices, with a focus of printing on different materials – fabric, clothing and metal. Ilagan, Wang and Leifi graduated from Elam with Honours in 2020. 

Check out the tutors on Instagram: Julie: @ji.studiio Monica: @monononica Josh: @suarts