The Art of Combining Passions … Printmaking and Teaching
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
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.
- Workshop Overview
- Gelatin Plate Printing and Monotype
- Linoprinting 101
- Colour Linoprinting Basics
- Colour and Reductive Linoprinting Advanced
- PYO Christmas Cards
- Private Group Workshops
- Private Tuition
- Printmaking Workshop Gift Vouchers
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
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.
Had a thoroughly enjoyable two days with Kim who managed to de-mystify my fear of reductive lino cutting. The two day workshop was so well organised and resourced and Kim is so generous with sharing her knowledge and linocut secrets. The venue proved very inspirational but the view was a definite distraction! Came away with re-ignited passion and motivation. Thank you so much Kim x
Kim's nurturing personality was very helpful in breaking down barriers to learning. Very well organised and presentation of class material superb. The supply of coffee, tea and yummy cookies showed a genuine generosity of spirit. All equipment was supplied, explained and demonstrated. Superb attention to detail.
I love being with like minded people, so we were off to a good start. Kim is very well organised and extremely willing to share her knowledge as well as the tips and tricks she has learned, admitting freely that some of these were by making her own mistakes 🙂 She is welcoming and very passionate about her work - instead of just letting us know what to do, she challenged us and got us thinking about how we could resolve our own dilemmas, but also stepped in with suggestions if we got stuck. My fellow student and I were fortunate enough to do the workshop in Kim's own studio, and it is a very creative space. Again, she was very willing to share her equipment and absolutely everything you could possibly need was provided. Having said that, she had loads or equipment and supplies in boxes and if, due to class size you did the workshop in another venue, you would want for nothing. I'd recommend booking a workshop with Kim. Even if you have done some reductive work previously, you will definitely come away with additional knowledge and some skills about how to tackle a reductive project.
I had the pleasure of attending a private workshop with Kim to extend my gelatin plate printing skills, discuss registration and to play with cyanotyping. Kim provided extensive and well researched information in an organised and thoroughly enjoyable morning. I look forward to my next workshop.
Hi Kim, I loved yesterday. I even came home and started on the feather image. I am keen to do more workshops, not only was the space totally perfect but the format was so relaxing and informative. It felt like a retreat for the mind and soul. Your lovely, attentive and easy going style gave me the confidence to pursue with ease unfamiliar territory. Look forward to next time😊
I attended the Lino Print workshop yesterday. Kim is an amazing teacher. The class is well structured and Kim provided lots of advice and assistance. The whole day was a fantastic experience. I am now eager to start my next project.
Hi Kim, I firstly want to thank you for a really enjoyable workshop and I must say you're not only lovely to talk to but you're also a good teacher. Sometimes people can have a skill and run a workshop but they aren't good teachers. You are not one of those! I really enjoyed it.
I loved the workshop. Kim shared a lot of information, as well as images which is always nice to see and aspire to. Going through the process with prints of each part of the process was helpful. I had a million questions, and Kim were kind enough to answer them. This enables me see the process in my mind more clearly and to try a couple of things I was wondering about.