Hard Pressed – Go Big
Hard Pressed was born in 2016 from an idea and an opportunity. The idea was that of Lizzy Robinson, a local Print Maker. The opportunity came from the City of Greater Geraldton and the Art & Cultural Development Council of Geraldton (ACDC).
I had heard of ‘Steamroller’ printing is loose term used to describe the process of printing large scale woodcuts with a steamroller or road roller. So that’s what we did. A small group of Midwest artists and the Geraldton community created giant woodcuts. We printed these, all together in one day, and yes, it was with a road roller. What a memorable event on the Geraldton Foreshore.
The prints were exhibited in Geraldton and were also invited to show in Fremantle, at DADAA’s Freight Gallery.
Hard Pressed 2016
I participated in Hard Pressed 2016 as an artist creating my own giant woodcut print (pictured above) titled Drink with the Flies, as well as assisting Lizzy with the design and supply of the exhibition catalogue.
Hard Pressed 2017
The following year, over twenty Midwest artists participated to create giant woodcuts. Sixty small ones were also given out to the interested public, with free weekly carving sessions provided by Creative Director Lizzy Robinson. Lizzy undertook an extensive series of workshops, engaging a range of community groups from around the Midwest, with each organisation proudly creating their own woodcuts.
With Hard Pressed reaching new levels of interest and participation, I had A LOT of work to do on my end! Again I participated as an artist, creating my own giant woodcut print Beware the Bog Monsters that Dwell in my Savage Garden.
I also assisted Lizzy with the following projects;
- Logo Design
- Business Cards
- Exhibition Catalogue
- Event Photography
- Artwork Photography
- Website Design