Who am I? I’m a graphic designer, illustrator and printmaker. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication from RMIT in 1988 (back when graphics was done on paper).
What do I do? I create graphic design for print, web and signage. I make linocut prints, and other illustrative works on paper. I love making visual things that communicate; I produce brochures, cards, book illustrations, CD covers, logos, signs and limited edition art prints.
It all started on 22 February in 1990 in the kitchen of a Genoa farmhouse in Far East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.
The Design Desk was an old laminex table pushed against the window with a view of the Genoa River. I was freelancing, producing line illustrations of rainforest flora and fauna with my set of Rotring technical pens.
Today, my studio is an old garage at our Drouin home. My husband had converted this into a space for himself but after a while, when all my drawings and art materials were taking over the house, he gave up the space to me.
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Anna making her lovely typographic linocut in the house/ studio on Thursday. While the studio has been renovated workshops continued. I held two 1:1 workshops in the house studio. It’s been a warm, light and comfortable place to work for the past 2 months. Thankfully I have a most understanding family who have put up with the rather crowded living space. The new studio window is now installed and the split system goes in on Tuesday, then I’ll move everything back in and invite folks over for a stickybeak!!
Wearing my favourite shoes at a linocut workshop. Lots of uninhibited carving created lino tendrils which we swept onto the floor. This was 15 months ago. I think it’s about time I revisited Mysia.
Another step on the letterpress journey thanks to @idiotartpress and @printfingers who visited the verandah today . Jonah showed me how to fit the twin ink rollers to my Adana 8x5 press and we printed something on it for the first time! Perhaps it was paying a little homage to the previous owner Frank Robinson, when it was his preset Christmas card we printed first. (Thanks Frank It is a beautiful little machine). We were able to use the old Press King inks that came with it, once @printfingers dug down through the protective crust. Can’t thank you two enough
Hanging out in bunkers. I never get tired of visiting this defence facility now a National Park. For me it’s about the patina of old brick and worn concrete in sharp contrast to the desolate land and seascape, viewed through unexpected openings made for guns.
School Holidays! ✈️ so many of you are heading off to discover new places and experiences. For those left at home, enjoy the hiatus. [eg.my hockey training tonight is cancelled because there are so few of the team who can make it ] . . This little holiday themed work is in my web shop, link in bio, and celebrates the way Australians love to travel and explore this huge continent. Limited edition of 13, printed on beautiful Somerset 100% cotton rag paper.
A old Moonah tree stands on the forested dunes at Point Nepean. It’s a wild, desolate place, although this photo from last week’s trip to the tip of the Mornington Peninsula was taken in unusually clear winter weather . I’m constantly taking photos as reference and inspiration for my linocut prints.
Cutting a new linocut from my interim studio in the house. With the low temperatures we’ve had lately, this is a pretty nice place to be. The final stage in the studio refurbishment is to install a split system to keep me warm/cool.
So my studio window arrived on Friday, and soon I’ll be able to move all my stuff back in and we’ll get our verandah back. It’s mainly furniture and letterpress stored out here, no paper or prints.
A new reduction linocut in progress for The Overwintering Project, where printmakers across Australia and New Zealand are invited to help raise awareness of our least-known and most endangered group of birds, migratory shorebirds, and their habitat. These are hooded plovers and when I get the final colours printed they will look as if they are each wearing a little black hood with red eyes peeping out.
Rough sketch for a Hooded Plover linocut for the Overwintering Project.
It’s hugely satisfying to look up from carving a lino block to find you have amassed a pile of detritus!! Then on the pretext of resting your carving hand, and warming the block in the electric frypan, you shape the pile into photo-worthy mounds and extend the procrastination by posting and writing about it on Instagram.
Open Studios West Gippsland
Come and visit my studio in Drouin and the studios of other local artists in the area on special Open Studios West Gippsland days.
This self guided tour will take you around beautiful West Gippsland.