The Art of Combining Passions … Printmaking and Teaching

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I am passionate about 2 things … printmaking and teaching.

Since early school years I dreamed of being a high school art teacher, but life and circumstance carved out a different path – one that saw me spend the best part of 30 years behind a computer in the design and advertising industry. Creative, but commercial.

Over the past 7-ish years I have focused my creative energies on my own fine arts practice, and this year launched my own series of printmaking workshops.

Kerry Brown, editor of Come On Up newspaper, published an article about the ‘collision’ of my two passions in their April/May edition. The paper is published by Hinterland Tourism.

The Art Of Combining Passions

Kim Herringe is passionate about printmaking and teaching. It was a childhood dream to teach but life and circumstance carved out a different path and for more than 30 years Kim worked in design and advertising, the last 10 years were exclusively in a digital environment.

Today Kim is living her dream, she spends much of her time creating her own art, fine art – not commercial art. Now running art workshops she explained how her two passions collided, “I found working in the digital environment quite unsatisfying, the desire to touch and hold the result of my efforts, plus an inherent desire to create, has fuelled the growth of my arts practice,” Kim said.

“The act and art of ‘hand- made’ is alluring. Printing on quality papers, inky fingers, the smell of the oils and inks, holding the end product in my hands, enjoying the imperfection of hand printed artwork, as opposed the perfect results attained in the commercial world is limitless.”

Kim describes Printmaking as versatile, “It has a long history of traditional techniques and an exciting future with new technologies and experimentation,” She said. “My teaching goal is to demystify the process, and introduce this most versatile medium to anyone and everyone wanting to learn. I also aim to provide students with all the information they need to take their new found skills home and continue to print in their own home and studio environments.

There are numerous online resources that explain what printmaking is and detail the many different approaches, “It’s versatility and broad scope means that even the person who thinks they are the most un-creative, un-inspired, can take what I can teach and create their own piece or art,”

This year Kim is focusing her workshops around the processes of lino printing and mono printing with gelatine plates and 2019 will see the introduction of additional printmaking processes cyanotype, aluminium plate etching and screen printing. She will also host weekend workshops to combine learned skills in experimental printmaking workshops.

Living in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland provides the perfect relaxed and natural environment to create and teach art workshops. It is only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the city and once you drive up the mountain, you are surrounded by creative inspiration. For more information on Kim’s workshops visit www.kimherringe.com.au/workshops

Printmaking and Teaching - my 2 passions

Are you interested in attending a printmaking art workshop?

I love to share my skills and the craft of printmaking. Have a look through my workshop program below. New printmaking workshops will be added over time.

Scroll through some feedback past students have shared

  • If you are thinking of a lino craving/printing class this is the lady to have as a tutor. I found Kim to be so organised with emails detailing everything to a T before the class. Her attention to detail in the class was was unbelievable. So much information my head was spinning. She presented us with a beautiful morning tea. The next day Kim followed up with an email with links and where we can source products used in the class. I have many praises for this lady. Thank you Kim

    Delia H
    Delia H Sunshine Coast, Qld
  • Kim is a warm and generous teacher who combines extraordinary talent with a remarkably in-depth subject knowledge to provide a workshop which is both compelling and engaging. I arrived at the workshop with no background in printmaking and left with sufficient skills to use the technique in my own practice   I would highly recommend the Linoprinting 101 workshop to anyone who has an artistic inclination, regardless of their current discipline.
    Cathy Lawley
    Cathy Lawley Fried Mudd, Maleny
  • I attended Kim’s Reductive Linoprint Workshop on the weekend. I would highly recommend doing a workshop with Kim such an enthusiastic and talented lady. We had a lovely weekend in a perfect setting at Richard Muldoon’s studio in Maleny. Kim is a great teacher and generously shared all her expertise. Really looking forward to doing another workshop with Kim.

    Sue P
    Sue P Sunshine Coast, Qld
  • I found the workshop very well organised, very relaxing atmosphere with no pressure and every step well explained. Great selection of prints to use as a template as well. I learned a lot and realise how important it is to be careful, more precise and take your time. I framed my print and it actually looks great, so in the end I guess I was pleased with what I achieved and feel inspired to do another one with a different subject on the lino. Thanks Kim thoroughly enjoyed.

    Lorraine
    Lorraine Sunshine Coast, Qld
  • You run a fantastic workshop Kim, you made everyone feel relaxed and you were so generous with your knowledge, resources and tips to ensure every one achieved a good result. Your passion for printmaking really shines through and is so very infectious. You ensured each participant was given the guidance they needed and took particular interest in ensuring everyone understood the process. You were most helpful in explaining ways to overcome any hurdles and genuinely wanted people to be happy with what they were producing. I came away itching to finish my print and to improve my reductive linocut printmaking skills. I have no hesitation in recommending this workshop to others and l look forward to doing more workshops with you.

    Bronwyn
    Bronwyn Doonan, Qld
  • I can highly recommend doing Kim's classes. She knows that everyone learns differently and she is very patient. At the end of a lesson you know you can go ahead and do this yourself.

    Lauren
    Lauren Toogoolawah, Qld
  • You made it easy and we ended up with a great print we did ourselves. It would be great fun whether you are into art, crafts, printing or not at all - I recommended it to the friend who minded my dog yesterday. You are engaging and passionate about printing and shares whatever you can. I had been interested in trying printing and you literally made me think not only could I do it, but that it would be exciting, challenging and rewarding. You may never get rid of me. 😉

    Jan
    Jan Sunshine Coast, Qld
  • Again I had the opportunity to attend one of Kim's lino printing workshops. She is unbelievable in the knowledge she has and is willing to pass on to you. Kim goes way beyond what would be expected of a tutor. I fully recommend her to anyone thinking of taking up a new art. Kim makes it so easy to learn. Thank you.

    Delia, Palmwoods Arts & Crafts Group
    Delia, Palmwoods Arts & Crafts Group Palmwoods, Qld
  • Great inspiration to keep me motivated in my art practice. Thank you for providing and sharing your techniques.

    Anne
    Anne Sunshine Coast, Qld
  • Though I’ve never tried printmaking before, I really enjoyed your workshop Kim.  It was very relaxed and friendly, with heaps of paints, paper and materials to experiment and play with.  The small group we had was lovely - we could get inspiration from others and the right amount of assistance as we needed it.  There was a good amount of activities and best of all, plenty of time to practise what we’d learned – I had a fun day and loved it!

    Jenny
    Jenny Sunshine Coast, Qld
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