So it's a place where you can go to do some printmaking or go see an exhibition. You might also go there to learn specifically about non toxic printmaking OR to do one of the excellent printmaking courses they run there with some really good artists. Another thing they have established is an 'artists residencies' programme. It's a pretty large detached building with four floors and a basement. To me it looks like it might previously have been an old mill or a factory or maybe a storehouse.
One of the things I particularly like about Zea Mays is the research they undertake and publish on their website. More on that later. They have a members gallery on their website too, as all good print workshops should do, in my opinion. Here are a few pieces I have selected from there:
"The Things Between us" photo-intaglio and watercolour 22" x 30"
Liz Chalfin - her website
"Nearly No. 1" monotype 7 x 5.5 inches
Monotype by Tekla McInerney so subtle......
"Rudimentary Water #3" which is a woodcut monoprint from her Rudimentary Water series
Love how she is using the woodcut block in her mono prints - when I originally saw these, I thought they were watercolor monotype or just very transparent monotypes
8 x 8 inches. artist. Joan Dix Blair of ZMP
It disappoints me, you know, the amount of people who are so against even trying these inks, as they are an absolute 'gift'.
1. test proof, using diluted washing soda crystals
I have to admit here, that I purchased the 'Akua Kolor' inks in the first instance and I did find them difficult to use. They are a lot more fluid than the Akua Intaglio inks.....I think maybe one needs a bit more patience and persistence with them. By the way they are also referred to, as Akua Liquid Pigment. They are mainly 'designed for use in monotype printmaking. Speedball(USA) own the brand nowadays.
Here is a delightful monotype by Nancy Doniger a ZMP member. check out her website
3. test proof, using diluted washing soda crystals
Bristol U.W.E., in 2009
"Dissolution I" drypoint and spit bite aquatint 9 x 9 inches
Check out Anita's website
She does not seem to have a website currently so check out her work and many others on the Zea Mays members galleries website
This is the final image within the pages about Solvents for Akua Intaglio Inks, within the RESEARCH section of ZeaMays website