Gabrielle Woodhams is a local artist, in 1999 she decided to go to TAFE
to do a 1 year certificate in art and design. This took 6 years and she
discovered that that she had a passion and flair for printmaking. She
combined her dressmaking and textile knowledge with her newly acquired
printmaking skills and came up with the idea of printing clothes.
she spends her time scouring second hand shops looking for those
delicious old clothes and fabrics that she can turn into wonderful
The method of printmaking that Gabrielle uses, is called
collography. Collography is a collage printmaking technique, and the
term collograph refers to a collage board where materials are assembled
on a flat base to form a block with different surface levels and
This plate is then printed in a similar way to either
an etching (intaglio), or a linocut (relief), or a combination of both,
onto printmaking paper. Gabrielle uses Hahnemuhle paper, which is made
of cellulose fiber, this paper is specially designed to withstand the
rigors of the printmaking press. She also uses a technique called Chine
Colle. This is a technique whereby an extra layer of paper is glued and
printed to the work in one pressing.
All of Gabrielle's prints are hand pulled, limited edition, varied edition, prints.