Collagraph printing is a really versatile printing process in which a textured plate is inked up and put through a press. Once the image is complete, ink is conventionally rolled onto the surface; in this instance, black iron sand from Kāwhia Harbour is mixed with the ink. Thai kozo paper is placed over the inked block, then pressed with a spoon to transfer the ink from block to paper to create the image. After drying, the Thai kozo print is adhered to Fabriano paper, using the chine collé method. Jennifer's one-off work.
Kāwhia Series Statement - Some work during lockdown
Eight hundred years ago, the great Tainui waka (canoe) entered Kāwhia Harbour and thus, a spiritual homeland was established. She arrived in Kāwhia in March 2020, as Aotearoa New Zealand was being introduced to a four level Covid-19 alert system – we were currently in Level 2 and in 48 hours, would shift to Level 4.
She collected the fine-grained black iron sand from the harbour and iron-rich clays from the beach to create prints that focus on the qualities of raw materials and connection to place and people.
Materials: Earth pigment, graphite, iron sand and ink on Thai Kozo paper
Timber frame, painted in white
Handcrafted in New Zealand.