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Gaynor Peaty & Julie Irvin

Exhibition: Enchanted Places

Tasmanian printmaker Gaynor Peaty grew up in country Wales and England and feels right at home in the Tasmanian landscape that she now calls home. After a career teaching at the Claremont School of Art and TAFE in Western Australia, Peaty is now developing her printmaking to focus on Collagraph and Lino prints.

“It is a medium that lends itself beautifully to expressing the patterns and rhythms of the landscape,” she says, as well as her current obsession with Tasmanian fungi.

Julie Irvin is a Tasmanian printmaker who is known for her striking Collagraph prints of the leafy world of forests and plants.  Irvin originally learned her printmaking skills whilst studying at the Newcastle Arts School in the 1970’s before moving to Tasmania in the 1980’s.

“I use a technique where I slice segments and engrave patterns, or score into a cardboard plate with a blade, to achieve the desired pattern and texture,”  Irvin explain. “Ink or pigment is applied to the resulting collage and the board is used to print onto a surface using either a press or hand tools.”