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Thankfully, The Light Factory Gallery is back in business after experiencing significant damage during the heavy rain at Christmas time.  Their latest exhibition, Fourfold, showcases the work of four printmakers associated with the Australian Print Workshop.  I met one of them, Kate Hudson, this week at her home and studio in Eltham.  Her delightful lino cut prints feature indigenous and non indigenous plants from her immediate environment. She brings a lifelong interest in oriental art, along with the stunning ceramics (the black and white pots and vases) of her husband Stephen Hudson, to the work included in Fourfold. (Kate met Stephen at the Central School of Art and Design in London. They have been ‘collaborating’ in a variety of ways ever since.)  

Kate and Stephen moved to Australia 22 years ago. Kate remembers being struck by the “space” and “big skies” of her new home.  The move uncovered a sense of fearlessness in Kate, so that when the Eltham Living and Learning Centre asked her to teach lino printing, she leapt at the chance. (Her previous training was in textiles.) Her interest in the process of printmaking grew. She soon discovered the Australian Print Workshop. In 2005 the Workshop recognised her work, awarding her an Australian Print Workshop Collie Print Trust Scholarship. Of this award Kate says,

“The Scholarship gave me confidence in my ability and reinforced my passion for printmaking.” ( from Scholarship Exposed: Where are they now?  Published by Australian Print Workshop Inc, Melbourne Australia, 2011.)

In addition, Kate has enjoyed the creative community at the Workshop and the opportunities to share ideas and techniques with other artists.  

Other printmakers who have influenced Kate include, Margaret Preston and Lesley van der Sluys

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Fourfold can be seen at the Light Factory Gallery up until 13th May.

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Regular readers will know that I enjoy the experience of seeing artists within their studios and creative environments. There’s always work in progress and visual references to add to the fascination of the finished product.  Kate’s studio didn’t disappoint me.

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Kate has exhibited at galleries here and overseas. She is represented by Manyung Gallery and also sells prints through the Australian Print Workshop, and PG Printmaker Gallery (Brunswick St).  In 2011, Melbourne designer Catherine Manuell used Kate’s print- Tree Sparrows and Blossom on her bags and wallets (they all sold out).  This year Catherine Manuell has used another of Kate’s prints, Passionfruit.  If you’d like to see them, follow the link to the online store.

Kate has been a participant in the Nillumbik Artists Open Studio Program for the last 2 years.  You can have the pleasure of meeting her at her studio during that program’s next Open Studio weekend on the 5th and 6th of May.

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Another Nillumbik Open Studio’s participant, Shaaron Smith, gave Kate this bunch of flowers to mark the opening of Fourfold. (Sometimes an artist’s inspiration is as close as the kitchen table.)

All work in this post is Kate Hudson©