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
  • 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.

    Cherie
    Cherie Brisbane
  • Very well organised in a beautiful workshop setting. I liked the small group, allowing us all time with Kim. A happy atmosphere; Kim is extremely giving of her time a knowledge and an excellent communicator.

    Fiona
    Fiona Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast
  • Kim has a natural gift for teaching & such vibrant joy in sharing her knowledge & skills - it just spreads out to everyone! Very thankful Kim was so generous with her time - (with all of us) as I learn only through the 'doing'. The size of our group was perfect & the location was just divine. I had a wonderful weekend & keen for more printing practice now!! THANK YOU KIM for an inspirational weekend!

    Ros
    Ros Buderim
  • I recently attended Kim’s PYO Christmas Cards lino print workshop and it was an excellent day. Kim’s passion for this art form is evident from the time you meet her, and her help, guidance and organisation made the workshop fun, interesting and easy to achieve a satisfying result, even as real beginner. It was lovely to meet a group of ladies with similar interests and to hear how their knowledge and techniques have expanded through similar workshops. I would highly recommend one of Kim’s workshops to anyone at all interested in print, and I look forward to attending another next year.

    Brenda
    Brenda Maleny
  • The Mixed Media Art group at the Buderim Cottage, of which I am leader, invited Kim to conduct two gel plate workshops in October. I found Kim to be professional, her workshop was very well planned and organised. In addition to being an excellent printmaker, she was able to impart her skills and enthusiasm with ease. Her workshops were successful and were universally enjoyed by everyone who attended.

    Gaye, MMM Group - Buderim Craft Cottage
    Gaye, MMM Group - Buderim Craft Cottage Buderim
  • Thank you, Kim Herringe! What an absolutely fantastic day the PYO Christmas card workshop was. To be honest, I was quite concerned about my ability to be able to complete anything worthy of a Christmas card. With my background of no lino print experience, you introduced me to the process and instilled a competence and confidence in me to create Christmas Cards that I am proud to gift to family and friends. Kim, I can’t say enough words about your generosity sharing not only your knowledge, tips and tricks but they way you provide ample amounts of supplies to ensure that everyone not only achieves their goals in your workshop, but also can continue to develop their printing at home. I was able to teach my 12 year old daughter for her to print her own cards the very next day, which was the best feeling!

    Kerry
    Kerry Buderim
  • I recently did a Gel Plate Printing workshop with Kim & had a great time! I'd previously watched numerous videos & tried a few things myself, but had not really been happy with the results. In a very short time I was producing multi-layered prints that I really loved. The techniques were clearly explained and demonstrated & the materials were very high quality. Kim's encouragement to just play, experiment & let go of the outcome really made for an enjoyable learning experience. I would recommend the workshop to anyone who is interested in gel plate printing.

    Joy
    Joy Buderim
  • Kim was incredibly thorough with her teachings and she is a wealth of knowledge all things Print Making. She did not hold back any information when asked. Her passion for art is truly refreshing and contagious.

    Bambi Gosbell - House of Artisan, Gympie
    Bambi Gosbell - House of Artisan, Gympie House of Artisan, Gympie
  • A great teacher, is one that shares. Kim was a fantastic teacher and guide through the lino reduction process. She has a passion for her art, which is contagious, in those of us with lesser skills. Enjoyed it immensely, I will be back.

    Kate
    Kate Woombye
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