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Jo Ogier Art Workshop Weekend 18/19 September 2021

We were very privileged to host Jo to come down again from Christchurch and run a lino print workshop at the weekend. Covid changed the rules somewhat and we had to restrict numbers, scan in, distance and wear masks when in close proximity and shared food was not on the menu!

However, as an observer, the works people created and the fun and inspiration they derived from the workshop was clear to see. One of the participants Linda has written her account of the weekend below.

If you are unfamiliar with Jo’s work take a look at https://joogier.co.nz/artwork/ and you will see how much we value Jo coming and sharing her passion, talent and skill with such generosity. Thanks Jo. Chris

Making Our Mark

The Southland Community Nursery hosted a Jo Oger Lino Print Workshop on 18th and 19th September 2021.

Jo demonstrates “hands on” with ease and humour, along with much talent and experience. Her passion for NZ conservation and stories is reflected in the stunning artworks she produces. Our class was so quiet at times, completely immersed in developing our own printing style, alongside invaluable tips from our treasured tutor to record and utilise.

There were a number of teachers attending, keen to pass on newly learned skills to a new learning environment, they and their students are needing to adapt to. Others, like myself, have strong connections to our local environments and want to improve and widen how we reflect those. Prints produced wonderfully depicted leaves, flowers, seeds, birds, landscapes and every one of us felt inspired and impressed, even a little envious!

We all look at nature, but our way of recording our experience is unique, as was every print produced (without needing expensive printing equipment). We are so grateful to Chris for organising this event, given current uncertainties and restrictions. Just goes to prove that enthusiasm, commitment and a positive attitude takes us to better places than we could ever have imagined.

Linda