Kate Hughes

Photopolymer etching
September 6, 2011, 7:19 pm
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These are the results of a workshop I took on photopolymer etching at Warringah Print Studio under the guidance of Janet Ayliffe. They are not as high quality as I’d hoped for but they do lead me to believe that the medium has a lot of potential for my work. Consequently I have invested in some more photopolymer plates to be used when time permits.


The Honorable Sir Edmund Barton Highway

This book has been completed thanks to the kind assistance of my father Denis Hughes of MyChoice laser engraving. I have had this book in the works for too long now, it has finally been pulled together with stitching and is complete. The images are relief prints from laser engraved lino blocks with Australian red ochre pigment coating the inside of each folded page. The pages are bound up with engraved kangaroo leather recalling a scorched aerial view of the landscape contained within.

January 25, 2011, 5:33 pm
Filed under: craft, printmaking

I have been neglecting to document my progress on various projects. My tapestry of Larundel Mental Asylum continues at slow speed. I have been printing laser engraved linos for a book about a road, there will be more to see once the covers are completed and everything bound. Working on a small etching while assisting a friend print photogravures has inspired me to attempt a switch to her medium, plans for another book utilising this are in the works. This work will take a fair amount of influence from works in the exhibition Endless Present: Robert Rooney and Conceptual Art which is on now at the NGV and I highly recommend a visit.

My exhibition Zoetrope at Mailbox 141 has come to an end while my work Mordialloc has just arrived in Tasmania in preparation for exhibition.

looking forward
October 13, 2010, 8:50 am
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Working solidly on uni work currently but that hasn’t stopped plans for when I have time again for my art. Lino plates engraved and ready to print and kangaroo leather for editioned book covers. Thinking of geographical representations of post federation history.

I have two exhibitions scheduled for the end of this year and early next year. An installation of photographs and flip books based on my video work at Mailbox 141 and my video works will be on exhibition in Brunswick Street Gallery’s projection space. More details closer to the dates.

June 24, 2010, 9:46 pm
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I have invested in a portable hotplate to facilitate hard grounding plates at the studio. Today it was put to use on two plates.

The process is as follows.
Polish and degrease the plate. The plate is cleaned with brasso and then degreased with dilute cloudy ammonia and whiting before rinsing.

The plate is placed on a hotplate and allowed to dry and heat up before a lump of hard ground is smeared over the surface and spread across the surface with a roller to create an even layer.

The layer of ground is golden in colour. The plate is smoked in order to strengthen the ground, increasing its resistance, and to turn it black. The plate is suspended face down and taper candles are burnt underneath, the carbon in the smoke becoming part of the ground.

Unfortunately the wind blows necessitating frequent relighting of tapers and much frustration. The resulting two plates are now ready for drawing.

Other adventures had today include meeting a gallery cat.

And procuring graphite powder for projects.

June 19, 2010, 6:21 pm
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I’m feeling a strong pull back to the blackness of my uni works. A desire to create rich, velvety,disturbing black masses again. I keep returning in thought to the aims of my etchings at that time and how I might achieve them now, need to devote more time.

June 19, 2010, 1:24 pm
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A foreboding Mordialloc skyline, stark windblown trees, a giant sky of clouds, hemmed in by wire, mesh, fenced barricades.