Big arty impact

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
The team preps a woodcut before the two tonne barrel roller moves in.
Camera IconThe team preps a woodcut before the two tonne barrel roller moves in. Credit: Francesca Mann

Local artists gathered at the Multi-User Facility on the Geraldton foreshore last week for Hard Pressed, a unique and crazy way to print big artworks.

Nine artists carved intricate designs into giant pieces of wood, which were then covered in black ink before a double drum roller drove over them, transferring the ink to a sheet of paper.

Local artist Liz Robinson first stumbled across the idea while surfing the internet.

“There are festivals dedicated to this kind of printing around the world,” she said. “I Googled and YouTubed it and did some practice runs first.”

After receiving funding from Festivals on the Foreshore, Ms Robinson decided to turn her idea into a community event, calling it Hard Pressed.

“It’s an idea I wanted to do for my own practice,” she said. “With the funding I turned it into a community project and ran with it.”

Ms Robinson’s brother Geoffrey Myer drove the two-tonne roller and each artist had the chance to watch their artwork “print” in a unique way.

The prints will be exhibited at the Arts and Cultural Development Council’s gallery from October 21, before heading south to Fremantle for a showing.

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