Artist Profile – Kim Herringe

Kim Herringe in her studio

Kim Herringe in her studio

Printmaking is Kim’s passion. It is her respite. Add to that Kim’s love for teaching and her arts practice is a collision of these two passions.

The art of printmaking gives Kim a space of calming respite from a culture of haste and automation. “I started my printmaking practice with focused attention about seven years ago as a creative respite from a 30-ish year fast-paced commercial career in design and advertising.”

Most of Kim’s commercial career was spent sitting behind a keyboard. “Now, hand printing on to quality papers, inky fingers, the smell of the inks, the process of, and holding in my hand the end product brings me enormous personal satisfaction.

“Enjoying the imperfection of hand printed artwork is in stark contrast to the perfect results obtained and expected in my ‘professional’ career.”

Kim loves to combine the meditative crafts of relief and intaglio printing with capturing the slower pace of life in the natural world as the subject of her work. “It is my experiences of nature and its translation through the act of hand printing that reminds me to be still and present in daily life.”

And it is this process of presence and stillness that Kim shares in her printmaking workshops. Printmaking is an incredible versatile and varied art form. It has a long history of traditional techniques and an exciting future with new technologies and experimentation. “With my workshops I work to broaden the reach of the art form and demystify the process.”

You can view Kim’s work at Razorback Gallery, Montville, and Peace of Green Gallery, Maleny. For more information about Kim’s workshops, please visit www.kimherringe.com.au