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Printmakers' Open Studio and Christmas Market

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Come up and see our etchings - and snap up some bargains
Bittondi Printmakers Association, printmaking, Christmas, market, bazaar, gifts, handmade prints, artists, art, craft, workshops
Bittondi member Bekki Klix printing a giant linocut

Have you ever looked inside a printmaker's workshop? No, not a printer - a printmaker. Members of Bittondi Printmakers' Association Inc produce prints, not by machine, but by hand. And if you have always wondered how they do it, now's your chance to come and learn - and maybe have a go yourself. On the last Sunday of every month, the Association's Print Studio in Aberfoyle Park is open to the public, so visitors can view the printing presses, talk to the artists and get hands-on experience with the processes. This month there will also be a lot of original artwork for sale, at bargain prices!
Bittondi Printmakers Association, printmaking, Christmas, market, bazaar, gifts, handmade prints, artists, art, craft, workshops
Camilo Esparza Garcia's prints are already on display ready for Sunday's market

Bittondi Printmakers Association, printmaking, Christmas, market, bazaar, gifts, handmade prints, artists, art, craft, workshops
'Sunburnt Country', collagraph by Amanda Hassett

The walls will be covered with unframed prints, hot off the press, and there will also be tiny prints and cards that you can easily post overseas in time for Christmas. Some Bittondi members specialise in beautiful artists' books.
Bittondi Printmakers Association, printmaking, Christmas, market, bazaar, gifts, handmade prints, artists, art, craft, workshops
A was an Apple Pie, artist's book by Mary Pulford

There are also masterful examples of traditional techniques such as etching and engraving.
Bittondi Printmakers Association, printmaking, Christmas, market, bazaar, gifts, handmade prints, artists, art, craft, workshops
'Portrait', etching and aquatint by Geoff Gibbons

Bittondi Printmakers Association, printmaking, Christmas, market, bazaar, gifts, handmade prints, artists, art, craft, workshops
'Orange-bellied Parrot', engraving on plastic by Sarah Thame

Several of the artists will be on hand to explain the techniques and let you have a go at using some of the tools that are used. If you are interested in learning more, Bittondi holds regular workshops in a variety of processes, ranging from beginners' lino cutting to ferric chloride and photopolymer etching.
Bittondi Printmakers Association, printmaking, Christmas, market, bazaar, gifts, handmade prints, artists, art, craft, workshops
Last year Terry McKenna came from Ballarat to give a workshop in the art of Mokuhanga - Japanese Woodblock printing

You'll find they are a very friendly lot, ready to give you a cup of tea and talk till the cows come home about their favourite subject - the addiction of printmaking.
Bittondi Printmakers Association, printmaking, Christmas, market, bazaar, gifts, handmade prints, artists, art, craft, workshops
Mei Sheong Wong makes it look easy!

You can see more of Bittondi members' work on their website, where you can also get up to date information about workshops, open studio days and exhibitions.
Bittondi Printmakers Association, printmaking, Christmas, market, bazaar, gifts, handmade prints, artists, art, craft, workshops
'Where we once played', etching by Grace Myers

The Studio is open from 10am to 3pm this Sunday, November 27. It's located next to the Aberfoyle Park Preschool (turn into the Hub shopping centre at the Kentucky Fried Chicken sign, then look for the Bittondi sign to your right as you drive toward the Coles building). You can park in the small staff car park next to the gate, or there is always plenty of room to park in the shopping centre. Eftpos facilities are not available but there is an ATM outside Coles. Regular updates can be found on the Bittondi Facebook page.
Bittondi Printmakers Association, printmaking, Christmas, market, bazaar, gifts, handmade prints, artists, art, craft, workshops

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Why? View beautiful handmade prints, learn about how they are made, and pick up a Christmas bargain!
When: 10am to 3pm, Sunday November 27
Phone: 0433975590
Where: Bittondi Printmakers' Association Inc, Aberfoyle Park Pre School campus, the Hub Shopping Centre, Aberfoyle Park 5159
Cost: Free
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