Howard Street Wall Mural, Nambour – Summer Recess

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Viva la Public Art!

12 artists in the Sunshine Coast Council area were asked to create individual works for inclusion in a public mural for the Howard Street Wall in Nambour (opposite The Old Ambulance Station Gallery).

I am so excited to have been invited as one of the 12. The Howard Street Wall project is an exciting celebration of the breadth and diversity of creative talent on the Sunshine Coast.

Summer Recess wall didactic

Summer Recess
Gelatin Plate Monotype Print
Step into the shade of the Jacaranda tree. Take respite from the afternoon’s heat. Lie on the grass. Look up. And enjoy a moment of quiet if only for a brief recess.

The brief was pretty open – we were to create a new piece that exemplified our arts practice.

We were told that the work was going to be photographed and reproduced at 1.5m x 1.5m, and on display for 2-3 years.

My contribution is a gelatin plate monotype print ‘Summer Recess’. Its original size is about 35cm x 35cm. The reproduced image on the wall is outstanding!

The thinking behind this print was one of celebration – celebrating the flora we enjoy on the Sunshine Coast, especially the Jacaranda trees. When the Jacarandas are in bloom, their proliferation of purple flowers pepper the landscape in a most beautiful way. And when their flowers are spent, their leaves move and sway in the breeze … small small fern-like leaves delightfully dancing to the music of the breeze.

I saw the printed work for the first time at the opening night a few nights ago. The photographic and print quality is insanely fantastic! Such high resolution that the print reproduction on the wall holds every detailed mark of the original hand-printed artwork. Colours so accurately reproduced. And printed on to a fade- and grafitti-resistant vinyl. Sunprint are the team behind the photography, printing and installation.

More Gel Plate Monoprints in this Series

I printed a collection of work while creating the ‘Summer Recess’ print. I admit that I felt pressure to produce a striking print and this work a little in opposition to my mantra of “release the attachment to the outcome” when working with this process.

Below are some of the images I printed while printing ‘Summer Recess”. And you can click here to see more of my gelatin plate monotype prints.

About the Howard Street Wall Project

The Sunshine Coast Council is a big supporter of the arts in our region. They developed a 25 year arts plan, in consultation with community and arts practitioners, for the area. There is an active Public Arts program operating – and I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to participate in this public art program.

A few months ago Julie Hauritz, Sunshine Coast Council Public Art Curator, invited 12 local artists to create a piece for inclusion in the project. The intention was to demonstrate to diversity of artistic approach and style on the Sunshine Coast.

I ‘walked the wall’ on Friday evening – the work is spaced so each is able to shine in its own right, but they are close enough, and so beautifully curated, that there is an obvious connection as you walk the wall and view all works.

The Howard Street Wall Artist Line-up

It wasn’t until after all the artists handed their artwork to the photograher that we all learned who else was participating.And what an exciting line-up of creative talent. I am humbled beyond words to have my work shown in such fabulous company.

Below is the list of all 12 artists sharing their passion for the arts and their work with this project. I first saw the fully-installed wall in the evening. so not great for photos. My plan over the coming months to add photos of the work of everyone involved. Watch this space!

  • Tia Carrigan (This Bird)
  • Thom Stuart
  • Jack MacCrea
  • Bridgette Chilli
  • Courntey & Itama
  • EJ Zyla
  • Lauren Jones
  • Kim Herringe
  • Mieke van den Berg
  • Odessa Mahony-de Vires
  • Alison Mooney
  • Peta O’Hara

The official opening event for the Howard Street Wall was last Friday, 11 June. A silent disco kicked off the festivities, then a night walk along the wall illuminated by what looked like a Star Wars lightsaber.

Below is a quick video created about the launch event of the Howard Street Wall. It was filmed for the Sunshine Coast Council by Sam Hagen from Human Story Films – Sam filmed a promotional video for me early last year. It was lovely to see Sam at the event.

On Friday 11 June 2021, Nambour came to life with a silent disco by Guru Dudu where participants danced the streets exploring Nambour and its hidden gems while celebrating the launch of a new public art activation, the Howard Street Wall. A twist on traditional mural work with this exhibition style installation. Get inspired and come see what creative gems Nambour has to offer!

Would you like to learn how to create your own botanically referenced monotype prints?

I’d love to teach you.

I love to share my printmaking skills. I run different workshops across different printmaking media … with four workshops exploring gelatin plate monoprinting. Below are three of them … online and in-person options available. I’d love to share this process with you! Click through each link below for more information:

Note to Self …
Postcard Gel Plate Printing

Duration: 1 day in-person workshop
Cost: $190-$210
(ALL materials included)
Skill level: Beginner-Intermediate

Gelatin plate monoprint and letterpress print your own set of “Note to Self” postcards. You will print your own pack of postcards, including making a special enclosure to keep your cards.
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Gelatin Plate Monoprinting
ONLINE Workshop

Online, self-paced.
Access from anywhere with internet.
Cost: AUD$97 pp
– 6 Learning Modules
– 2 Bonus Modules
– 2 hours of video content across 30+ videos
– Exclusive access to my own online portal The Studio

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Gelatin Plate Monoprinting

Duration: 1 day in-person workshop
Cost: $190-$210
(ALL materials included)
Skill level: Beginner-Intermediate

Spontaneous, creative and fun. The monoprinted results of your images can be exhilarating. Learn a new process that you can easily continue at home or in your own studio.
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  • danni

    Hi Kim, I have been following you for awhile now and didn’t realise one of your prints was on the Howard Street wall ……which I walk past often!
    Just wondering about lino available in Australia. I have been using a Gelli plate for a few years and have since started to use the Japanese Lino which i like, however I have carved on both sides and due to my heavy hand have carved through to the other side on a few. I have use the rubber blocks which were too soft for me and didn’t allow for enough detail.
    Printmakers OS talk about Easy Carve and Softkut which all seem to be different to what is available in AU. What other lino is similar to the Japanese vinyl but a little softer and available in AU?

    • Kim Herringe

      Hi Danni, thank you for your message 🙂 I was actually in Nambour yesterday looking at all the work on the mural. I use the Japanese blue/green lino vinyl. I prefer it to the other options. But I only use the ‘other’ side if I make a mistake early on while carving. There comes a point where too much lino has been carved on one side to maintain the integrity of the block if you started carving on the other side. If you carve through the lino – it doesn’t impact the print – it just means you’re using too much pressure or carving too steep an angle with your tools. If you find the Japanese lino hard or stiff to carve – soften it with some heat. You can sit on it – your body heat will soften the block. Place it in the sun. Carving in the sun on winter is lovely. Or fill a hot water bottle with hot water and place it over the next area you want to carve. A little warmth can make the lino buttery-smooth. I don’t use easy carve of Softkut – they are too soft for me. I’ll save them for it and when my arthritis gets too bad in my hands. I hope that helps answer your question. Cheers, Kim

  • Mia

    Was hoping you could give me some direction please? For my Creative Arts and Health course I need to choose an art project in the community and write an evaluation of the process to start a project like Nambour’s. I take the train up from Brisbane every weekend and often admire the murals. Who could I talk to about the project as a whole? Thanks so much in advance,

    • Kim Herringe

      Hi Mia, the Howard Street Wall Mural project was managed/arranged/coordinated and curated by Julie Hauritz, Public Art Curator, from the Sunshine Coast Council. You can get in contact her by calling the Sunshine Coast Council or on Linked In – It was a fabulous project to br involved in – such a diverse display of local artwork. Cheers, Kim

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