There seems to be a lot of interest in printmaking in Adelaide at the moment, and here are some very good reasons.
1. Handmade prints are far more affordable than original paintings, but also much more original than the commercial prints that you can buy by the yard from furniture shops.
2. Printmakers are friendly people who like engaging with the world, so their work reflects their personalities, and often employs amusing social commentary.
3. Some printmakers love exploring weird and wonderful techniques, which make their work exciting and intriguing.
4. Other printmakers are just amazingly good at a technique that requires hours of concentration, and when you learn how long it takes them to produce each print, it puts your own hasty lifestyle into staggering perspective.
5. And of course, printmakers are human beings just like you and me, including some talented school students!
Twenty one Aberfoyle High School students are exhibiting at Red Poles in Bittondi Printmakers' Association's Bears and Blooms Print Exchange. They have responded impressively to the enthusiasm and eminent skills of their art teacher, Mrs. Toop. But they are also privileged to have Bittondi Printmakers' Association working on their doorstep, and it was Bittondi's Mary Pulford who had the idea of inviting the school to be involved in the exchange.