Eclectic artists share passion for printmaking with new exhibition still on show in Albany

The South West Printmakers are a bunch of diverse artists brought together by a passion for printmaking, with their latest exhibition still on show in Albany.

The exhibition opened earlier this month at the Museum of the Great Southern and exemplifies the group’s fusion of like-minded and passionate artists.

The concept of the exhibition is a retrospective which highlights dialogue between the individual printmaker’s practice and the dedication to sharing experiences and techniques with the community.

The SWP consists of an eclectic mix of artists: Christine Latham, Helen Hulme-Gerrard, Lianne Jay, Sue Dennis, Yvonne Dorricott, Carol Farmer, and Janette Trainer.

They are spread out across WA from Bunbury to Torbay.

Dennis said she felt fortunate to be part of the group.

“Everyone is generous with their time, knowledge and experiences — and often their presses,” she said.

“The South West Printmakers to me means sharing, friendships, fun, and respect for these unique individuals and their commitment to creative self-expression.”

Sue Dennis's work titled Walking and Wondering.
Camera IconSue Dennis’s work titled Walking and Wondering.

The SWP’s main objective is to educate and promote printmaking as an art form.

For 15 years, the group has prompted printmaking as a visual language.

They have experimented with various printmaking techniques and how they can be incorporated into photography, installations, books and sculpture.

The techniques used in this exhibition are lino, woodcut, etching, stencil and screen print, and cyanotype.

Hulme-Gerrard said printmaking was an endless source of fascination and discovery.

“There is such a wide scope of possibilities and techniques that can be implemented to create a print,” she said.

“I find it invaluable to be a member of the SWP, to be part of such a passionate and enthusiastic group who are committed to quality, innovation and the sharing of their knowledge of printmaking.”

Jannette Trainer's work titled Orchid.
Camera IconJannette Trainer’s work titled Orchid.

The artists work separately in their own studios or in small groups to produce work, and meet monthly to discuss ideas, projects and the direction of the group.

The artists also attend an annual art camp, which has become an important part of the group’s activities, and is a time to explore, be inspired and collaborate, contributing to personal and professional development.

While each artist seems to draw inspiration from their own unique source, they have a shared passion for creating.

The exhibition is open until Sunday.

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Star reveals scary incident with director

Actress Toni Pearen has revealed a disturbing experience with an older director when she was a young girl when discussing how the industry has changed on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!

The star began by telling her female campmates how she felt seeing “suggestive” old headshots of herself from when she was about 12 years old.

“Recently, we were going through old photos at my dad’s house and we came across all these photos of me when I must have been 11 or 12. And they’re my headshots, but they’re really suggestive.

“Like, I’m in a swimsuit… with a pool cue… really suggestive. They had me in a like leopard-print leotard and I’m like crawling on the ground.”

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“Oh, my God!” shrieked the other women, including former Bachelor star Abbie Chatfield and singer and actress Alli Simpson.

“I know! I know,” said Toni. “And I thought, ‘As a parent, if that happened to my child now,

“I would not be quiet about it.’”

But that wasn’t the worst of it. She then explained a scary incident she experienced with a director when she was only a young girl.

“I remember we were on location and it was midnight and the director turned up at my door and said, ‘I’m in love with your character. I’m not in love with you, but I’m in love with your character and I need to spend time with her.’”

This was obviously met with a lot of discomfort from her campmates.

“And what did you say?” they asked her.

“I just went, ‘I don’t think you’re thinking very straight. Sorry. And I think you need to go home.’”

To the camera, she explained further: “Sometimes you kind of walk away from an experience going, ‘Yeah, that didn’t quite feel right.’ But you’re so young you just don’t know.”

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Alli explained how different the industry is now, recounting her own story of an early experience filming a sex scene with an intimacy coach.

“I had a sex scene in a film I did with an older guy, which was like obviously super intense for me. And it was my first film. And the first scene that they wanted to shoot in the film

was the sex scene, because they wanted to get it out of the way.

“So my first ever scene in any movie ever was like this sex scene with a dad, basically. But there were so many rules. Like there was an intimacy coach, and she had to sit us both down individually. We both had to have a safe word during the scene. If one of us felt uncomfortable, you’d say, and they’d cut the scene immediately. There was like 25 to 50, like, actual steps we had to go through.”

“Some of the other people on set were saying like 5, 10 years ago there was none of this at all.”

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Hijabi Model Steps Down From The Fashion Industry

Halima Aden

Today’s fashion industry has been very inclusive in terms of body types, colours and race. But for Somali-American Muslim model Halima Aden, she felt disrespected in a way despite the inclusivity principle.

She decided to take a step back from fashion after years of wearing various non-hijab head coverings in photo-shoots.

In a detailed Instagram story, Aden wrote this week that she was not rushing back to the fashion industry, giving gratitude to her mother’s pleas “to open her eyes.” “My mom asked me to quit modelling a LONG time ago. I wish I wasn’t so defensive,” the 23-year-old wrote.

She added “thanks to COVID and the breakaway from the industry I have finally realized where I went wrong on my hijab journey.”

Aden was famous for becoming the first-hijab wearing model on the runways of Milan and New York and has appeared on numerous magazine covers and in print campaigns. She was also the first model to wear a hijab and burkini in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

This Kenya-born beauty moved to the United States with her family when she was seven years old and was the first Muslim homecoming queen at her high school in Minnesota, the first Somali student senator at her college and the first hijab-wearing woman in the Miss USA Minnesota pageant.

On the said IG post, Aden detailed where she felt the religious covering, the hijab, had been respected. For instance, in a campaign for Rihanna’s Fenty beauty line, yet soon after it had gone astray.

“I was just so desperate back then for any ‘representation’, that I lost touch with who I was,” she wrote on one post. On another, wearing a crystal-encrusted headscarf, she said: “I should have walked off the set because clearly, the stylist didn’t have a hijab-wearing woman in mind.”

She was reminded of the time her head had been wrapped in jeans in a campaign for denim brand America Eagle and another where she was portrayed as the subject of the famous Vermeer painting, Girl With a Pearl Earring, where she was wearing a head covering but not a hijab.

She admits she wanted to politely decline.

In addition, she cited an instance where the shape of her hijab was adjusted so a necklace she was wearing could be seen. She said her acceptance of situations that showed a lack of respect for her beliefs was due to a mixture of rebellion and naivety.

She concluded with a note that being daring in the fashion industry defeats the purpose of being a hijabi, and now she is still clinging to her principles.