Artist guides class to cre­ate lino art­work

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ben Leahy

■ Hed­land craft lovers got a jump on the Christ­mas rush last month by cre­at­ing their own greet­ing cards in a spe­cial Hed­land Arts Coun­cil class.

Guided by award-win­ning artist Amanda Firenze Pent­ney, the HARTZ mem­bers carved their per­son­alised de­signs into linoleum tiles, be­fore ap­ply­ing ink and print­ing the images on to Christ­mas cards.

Firenze Pent­ney said the cards were a great ex­am­ple of why print­ing was ter­rific for art be­gin­ners.

“There is noth­ing high­brow or so­phis­ti­cated about lino print­ing and that’s why I like it,” she said. “It is prac­ti­cal and easy and th­ese guys here to­day can take their de­signs away and restamp them ev­ery year if they want to.”

Even if lino print­ing is un­so­phis­ti­cated, it has not stopped Firenze Pent­ney from us­ing the tech­nique to cre­ate stun­ning art­works.

Last week, she trav­elled to Mil­dura as a short­listed fi­nal­ist in the Aus­tralian Print Tri­en­nial Prize.

To reach the short­list, she was named among the best from a field of 175 en­tries from around the world.

She also won the Hed­land Art Awards sculp­ture cat­e­gory in Au­gust when she used lino print­ing to cre­ate the book My Street. In My Street, Firenze Pent­ney printed images of 29 houses she had lived in dur­ing her life, ac­com­pa­nied by writ­ten sto­ries and rec­ol­lec­tions.

She said cre­at­ing the book was cathar­tic.

“It was a re­ally amaz­ing, emo­tional jour­ney,” she said.

“Usu­ally it was the sense of free­dom or se­cu­rity that was as­so­ci­ated with that house at that time which made them spe­cial,” she said.

Firenze Pent­ney only dis­cov­ered lino print­ing in Hed­land when she at­tended a two-nightsa-week Pil­bara In­sti­tute arts course.

She spent the next few years cre­at­ing pop­u­lar card and can­vas print de­signs, which she sold at the West End Mar­kets, Port Hed­land Vis­i­tor Cen­tre and other out­lets.

This year, she se­cured Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing with the help of the WA Coun­try Arts and HARTZ to de­velop her skills as an artist.

Firenze Pent­ney has now shut down her print de­sign busi­ness to fo­cus on her art.

She said she found it hard to be­lieve she had gone from a begin­ner to a pro­fes­sional artist.

“It has been a hard (jour­ney), but it has shown me so much about my­self,” she said.

Pic­ture: Pe­tula Riches

Amanda Firenze Pent­ney.

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