Experimental Collagraphs with Claire Brach

Stables Studio

Saturday & Sunday 18 & 19 February 2023 10 am – 4 pm
Tutor: Claire Brach
Cost: $160 Members, $200 Non-members
Applications close 10 February 2023

This course aims to introduce a variety of skills to enable participants to design, create and colour co-ordinate their own unique collagraph plates and prints.  It concentrates on 2 main disciplines: monoprinted backgrounds overlaid with collagraphed imagery.

Participants will start by working on their monoprints.  This will be followed by creating their own unique collagraph plate – possibly 2 plates, time permitting. Using a board base they will cut into the surface before selectively adding media to achieve a multi layered, collaged print plate.

Collagraph plates can consist of many different low-relief layers, both positive and negative spaces. By including a range of papers, tapes, textural items, gels and mediums as well as stencils and masks, complex designs can be quickly achieved.

Once the plates have been created, they will be guided through the printing process, learning the correct way to ink and rub back the plate, before running it through the etching press. They will also learn the correct way to prepare paper to achieve the best results and how to print using more than a single colour.  Time permitting, chine collé – the art of collaging onto paper while transferring the print – will also be covered.

This is an experimental workshop where participants are encouraged to adapt their pieces through selective inking, masking and stencilling.  It is suitable for those new to printmaking or those with some experience wishing to widen their skills and experiment!

Materials fee of $35 to be paid to the tutor on the day. A materials list will also be provided to participants closer to the date.

About the Tutor: Claire has a love of everything paper, print and stitch.  Her art practice includes creating her own paper, using it as a matrix to add print and stitch, often forming these individual components into unique artist books.  Her love of themes within her work ensures that each piece displays a personal narrative often encompassing lines, boxes, shapes and colours relating back to her interest in containment, circuitry and boundaries.

Her qualifications include Cert IV Design (Award of Excellence Creativity, Colour and Design), Diploma of Visual Arts (Award of Excellence), HEC Creative Arts (Printmaking), Embroidery: 16th Century to Current Day amongst others.




This workshop is fully booked.