TGM Design Studio Field Trip

Some of the printing.com brochures, we love the candy!

This week our senior Print Media 2 class got to take a filed trip out to meet with local industry. We spoke with Leanne Hodge, a digital specialist from TGM Creative.

TGM Creative specialises in print and web design for their clients, so it was great to see the designers in action, learn about client-communication techniques, and for the students to get a chance to pick the brains of an industry specialist. Thanks Leanne for taking the time to talk with us!

2015 Exhibitions are OPEN!

Our student exhibitions are open! Come and view TILT the Diploma of Creative Technologies exhibition, and Xposed the Certificate in Photography exhibition.

F Block, 20 Bell Street, WITT Campus New Plymouth. Open to the public from 10am – 4pm daily, 14 Nov – 26 Nov.

Check out some portraits of the exhibiting artists and photographers here.

Tom Kreisler – documentary

Shirley Horrocks has co-produced/directed a documentary on local Taranaki artist Tom Kreisler. It is going to screen as part of the NZ International Film Festival. (Read more about the documentary here…)

It will screen at the Len Lye Centre on Saturday September 5th at 3.30 p.m. and Sunday September 6th at 6.30 p.m.

TOM WHO?: THE ENIGMA OF TOM KREISLER, our documentary about an amazing artist who continues to be unfairly overlooked in histories of New Zealand art, is about to screen in New Plymouth as part of the International Film Festival.

The film includes interviews with leading New Zealand artists, and has a very special connection with New Plymouth since Tom Kreisler lived there for much of his life, teaching at the Boys High School, Taranaki Polytechnic, the Stratford art group, etc. He was also very involved over the years with the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.

TOM WHO? traces the fascinating life of a unique artist. It’s a feature-length documentary that has had an enthusiastic reception from Festival audiences in other cities. This is likely to be your only chance to see it on the big screen.

The two screenings in New Plymouth, in the Len Lye Centre’s cinema, are:

Saturday September 5th at 3.30 pm, and Sunday September 6th at 6.30 pm.

See also:

http://www.nziff.co.nz/2015/new-plymouth/tom-who-the-enigma-of-tom-kreisler/

 

Photography students win awards

WITT Art photography students entered the 2015 NZIPP Iris Awards and scooped 1 silver and 3 bronze this year. Check out the winners and entrants below. Read more about the event here.

David Burroughs

Logan Hermanns - Bronze award

 

Logan Hermanns - Silver award

 

Shari Gilbert - Bronze award

Shari Gilbert - Bronze award

Sharon Mace

Sharon Mace

Guest Speaker: Coby Slager comes to talk to the Photography students

Coby Slager (left) guest speaking at the WITT Certificate in Photography class.

A big thank you to local Taranaki photographer, Coby Slager, who came in to speak to the WITT Certificate in Photography students. Coby shared her knowledge and experience with the class, discussing what it can be like moving from study to being in the business of photography. It was great for the students to talk with someone who has been there and has real-world advice! Thank you for sharing some of your beautiful images with us. Check out her work at www.slager.co.nz.

Design Student Field Trip

Senior design students from the Print Media 2 and Web Media 2 classes joined together for a field trip of local industry. We were delighted to visit TGM Design and Razz Print. A big thank your to Andrea and Roland for giving the students tours of your studios.

Above, left to right: Elle Brennan, Jessie Allen, Andrea Leadbetter (TGM Design), Ethan Ranford-Nickson, Philippa Berry Smith (Tutor), Mae Zamora, Jaycee Burwell, Chloe Reid, and Christine Baylis.

Above: students at TGM Design surrounding designer Julia Berry (seated).

Above: Our visit to Razz Print, with students standing in front of the offset printing press. Left to right: Philippa Berry Smith (Tutor), Mae Zamora (front), Roland Woods (Owner), Chloe Reid (back), Elle Brennan, Jaycee Burwell (back eyes closed sorry Jaycee!), Jessie Allen, Christine Baylis, Ethan Ranford-Nickson (who is standing on a step and is not a giant!), Dave the printer (obscured).

Typography field trip to TATATM Museum

Yesterday the Typography 1 class took a trip out to the Taranaki Aviation and Technology Museum (TATATM). We were kindly looked after by Alan Penfold, Colin Ansell, and Rob Clarkson. Special thanks also go to Terry Foster who helped organise this event.

The day involved each student hand-setting a quote in metal type, then printing a proof. Students were expected to create a concept sketch to work from, and select their typeface/s from either the handset metal type or Ludlow hot type options.

Above: a piece of hot type.

Above: students working out which typefaces to use for their design.

Above: Alan introducing student to lead type.

Above: a font. This one is Univers.

Above: Alan shows Tasha how to use a composing stick to make a line of lead type.

Above: Rob helps students find and select typefaces.

Above: Dion and Chloe begin to compose their first lines of lead type.

Above: Mae composing a line of type.

Above: The word “start” in the composing stick.

Above: Using leading and furniture to space out the lines of type.

Above: Dez working on her concept design, which Billy and Ryan plan their designs.

Above: Temple chose a Ludlow hot type typeface, and is being shown how to set a line by Colin.

Above: The Intertype and Linotype machines.

Above: a typecase.

Above: Jaycee and Shannon selecting lead type from the typecases.

Above: an example of the decorative ornaments available. This one is a pointing hand.

Above: Colin casting a line of hot type on the Ludlow.

Above: Tasha holds a very warm “K”.

Above: Ryan sets out his lead type using a script typeface.

Above: changing fonts is heavy work! Here Ryan swaps his font for the fourth time… kept finding there were letters missing!

Above: using a roller to ink-up the type in the proof press.

Above: placing paper on the freshly inked type.

Above: Rolling the roller over the type to make an impression.

Above: Chloe was the first to proof-print her design.

Above: Tasha inking up the roller.

Above: and placing the paper.

Above: using the press.

Above: Ta-da!

Above: Rob assisting Aaron with his Ludlow type.

Above: A busy class hard at work. It was cold in the workshop but the amount of activity kept us warm! Spot your tutor for extra points.

Above: cleaning ink off the metal type.

Above: Rob brushes dust off some metal type prior to inking it.

Above: Elle with her freshly-printed design.

Above: Ebony working the ink roller like a pro.

Above: a design all tied up with string and ready to print.

Above: Mae inking up the roller, watched on by Colin.

Above: proof prints next to the metal type.

Above: Billy using the proofing press to print…

…this.

Above: all sorts. Used for spacing out metal type.

Above: a typecase handle.

Above: inside a typecase.

Above: Alan helping Ryan find suitable sized spacing material.

Above: a 1923 Type Specimen book.

Above: Laughter as we see just how backwards Billy’s typesetting really is!

Above: Lisa’s design uses a heated embossing powder to make it shiny.

Above: the whole crew. Left to right: Ryan, Lisa, Dion, Billy, Jaycee, Tasha, Alan, Chloe, Dez, Colin, Elle, Mae, Ebony, Shannon, Aaron, Temple, and Rob. Philippa is behind the camera.

A big THANK YOU to the friendly guys at TATATM for allowing us to come and experience hand-set lead type. A wonderful experience.

Careers Expo 2013

Whew! Another whirlwind careers expo is done and dusted. Sunday as usual was for those looking to beat the crowds and learn about WITT courses in their own time, while Monday saw many busloads of high school students come through the TSB Stadium to take part in the fun activities and learn about tertiary study.

Here are some pics that feature WITT Art and our jolly fine crew: Hover for descriptions.

If you didn’t make it up to see us at the Careers Expo this year, don’t worry. You can contact us anytime to talk about studying Art, Design, Photography, Animation, Video.

Design students visit SpecialEyes Studio

Senior design students from the Print and Web Media classes braved the rainy weather to visit SpecialEyes Studio in Inglewood today.

Above: Natasha Downes (designer), Alex Dodunski, Steve Wilson (Director), Layton Otene, Ashley De Grey, Rozelda van der Watt, Dan Southorn, and Philippa Berry Smith (tutor).

Above: Natasha Downes (Designer), Alex Dodunski, Sarah Paul (Operations Manager), Layton Otene, Ashley De Grey, Rozelda van der Watt, Dan Southorn, and Philippa Berry Smith (Tutor).

Absent from photos: Grace Baker (Designer) and Rusty the *enormous* cat lion.

A big thanks to Steve and his team for showing us around your studio and sharing your project work with us!

Design students visit TGM Design

Design students from our Print Media 2 class travelled to TGM Design today. We met with Andrea Leadbetter, director, and she kindly toured us around the studio, introduced us to the designers and admin folks, plus most importantly: how to operate the coffee machine!

Above: (L to R) Andrea Leadbetter, Layton Otene, Philippa Berry Smith (tutor), Ashley De Grey, Morgan Hancock, Alex Dodunski, Jaimee Tarrant, Rozelda van der Watt, and Dan Southorn.

Thank you to Andrea and her team for sharing time and expertise with us. It’s really good for our DCT students to make contact with people from the design industry.