Even though I’m a fan of the Magpie (of the avian and Hawke’s Bay rugby variety), my loyalty lies with the Tui. This letterpress piece rounds off the Kowhai Squadron suite. Brilliantly and somewhat ironically printed for me by Magpie Press in two colours on cream 600 gsm Saunders Waterford fine art board, 220mm x 220mm. Available at Endemicworld.
Here’s Part II of the Kowhai Squadron suite – the Low Visibility Editions. Taking cues from military fighter planes’ grey-on-grey paint jobs, these are screenprinted in metallic silver on beautiful 270 gsm Mohawk Via Felt paper stock, in an edition of 40 black and 40 cream. 500 x 500 mm, hand signed, numbered and embossed. Get yours at the Popup Gallery in Wellington, or online at Endemicworld.
As a kid, I loved building model jets – even though I was pretty terrible at it. Impatience played a role here. The application of the decals was my favourite part. After the baffling construction and tedious glue drying phase was over, I could kit them out in their squadron’s livery and get to dogfightin’ them around the house.
Tui, by my observation, are nutters and show-offs – and they should have their own decal set to celebrate that. These have a not-so-perfect finish (quite a lot like the plastic planes I used to make when I was 10) due to the printing method and slightly warped surface which, as expected, suits the essence of the design. As a result each one of the edition of 8 is quite different both in the wood grain and the way the three ink colours soaked into the surface. They’re screenprinted on 7 mm New Zealand Pinus Radiata plywood – ‘A’-grade front and a sometimes knotted, rough and forestry-stamped ‘C’-grade back panel. 590 x 590 mm.
Available now at the Popup Gallery in Wellington, and online at Endemicworld.
Head on down to Popup Gallery on Ghuznee Street to see my prints in the flesh. The Popup crew have framed them up very nicely.
I’ve been suspiciously quiet lately because I’ve been working on a suite of prints – metallic screenprints on paper, 3-colour plywood screenprints and more sweet, sweet letterpress. It takes a while to organise, but I’m looking to launch them all at once in some grand fashion. Watch this space… I’m getting pretty excited about these.
Here’s some more pics of Chirp. Once you get one of these in your hands it’s hard to stop feelin’ it up! Letterpress is as much of a tactile experience as a visual one –
available at endemic world now. Sold out.
Photo: Magpie Press
This is my follow-up to Sing – I’m pretty stoked with how this one turned out. It’s entitled Chirp, and it’s a 220 x 220mm letterpress piece expertly printed for me by Magpie Press. It’s printed onto 500gsm Somerset stock, making it lush n’ hefty.
More compact than Sing, but now packed with 30% more birds, including two types of native duck!
I’ve struck up a deal with the good folks at endemicworld.com to be my exclusive online seller – head on over and get em while they last. My first screenprint Sing is available now, with new works becoming available in the coming weeks.