Print Demos 2022

Printopia had the honour of hosting these six artists who shared their knowledge, skills, and expertise with audiences during a free, 45-minute demo. Watch, share and follow. Links to more of their work below.

We are extremely grateful for their contribution to this online archive of printmaking in Aotearoa.

Chine Collé | Alexis Neal

Alexis Neal is an Auckland based artist. The backbone of her art practice is the medium of print, incorporating Māori weaving to explore cultural identity, the value of history and the complexities of human connection. In her work, the Māori story is rendered with contemporary materials. It is a simple, effective weave that is simultaneously, social, personal, cultural and human.

Alexis demonstrates the simple technique of applying chine collé to a hand cut copper etching using archival paste and handmade papers.

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

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

Tim showcases the traditional art of gyotaku (fish printing) using sustainably caught New Zealand fish species. Using Flint waterbased ink and calico cotton he creates prints that commemorate and show appreciation for what we take from the oceans, fully utilizing what we harvest.

Instagram & Facebook:@timliart

Pastel Drawing Screen-printing | Toni Mosley

Toni Mosley is an artist based in Auckland (originally Colorado/ Wyoming) who 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+. 

Toni shares a simple drawing based screen-printing process. This process uses water soluble oil pastels to draw directly on the screen to pull a print.

Paper Marbling | John Pusateri

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.

John reveals the fascinating art of paper marbling. He shares tips and tricks on how to prepare the water, paper and the application of inks to the surface of the water.

Instagram:@john.pusateri @aucklandprintstudio

ACMA – Abstract Contemporary Maori Art | Paora Tiatoa

Paora Tiatoa is a printmaker based on Matakana Island. Formerly an abstract shape formation painter, he switched to contemporary Māori art in his third year of study at art school. His current art practice combines the two art forms creating what he calls ACMA – Abstract Contemporary Māori Art.

Paora shares his unique process of creating multi-layered silk-screen prints using several screens and stencils. Watch how he assembles and constructs his images working quickly and spontaneously to the rhythm of the music.


Intaglio printmaking with Tetrapak Cartons  | Anita Mudaliar

Anita Mudaliar is a printmaker inspired by the natural world, fantasy and mythology. The use of the tetrapak print matrix is a recurring component of her print work alongside hand stitching and colouring. Anita has an MA in Textiles from Goldsmiths University of London and has been attending printmaking classes under Alexis Neal at the Browne School of Art for the last four years. She lives and works in Auckland. 

Anita demonstrates the process of how to create drypoint etchings using Tetrapak cartons. She shares examples of her own work, the preparation of plates, transferring drawings and various methods of mark making.