Amazing humans: Jackson James Wood from PledgeMe

Amazing humans: Jackson James Wood from PledgeMe

Exactly 2 weeks ago today we sat down with the lovely Simone Hunter from Boosted and asked her a series of questions about crowdfunding. That blogpost was so popular, it seemed like the natural thing to do next was pop down to our BizDojo Wellington office (across the interwebs of course) and fire the same questions at the one and only Jackson James Wood from New Zealand's other crowdfunding platform, PledgeMe! Read on...

Amazing humans: Simone Hunter from Boosted

Amazing humans: Simone Hunter from Boosted

Last week on the blog we brought you a wee introduction to crowdfunding for the arts. Serendipitous timing really considering New Zealand’s own, Boosted, have launched some “Crowdfunding 101” workshops as part of a week long festivities of arts & performance known as The Experiment. With that in mind we headed across the courtyard into the main BizDojo office to sit down with the delightful Simone Hunter, GM at Boosted, to get the lowdown on where it all began and why, what makes Boosted different from all the rest, and some top tips to get you started! Read on ....

Crowd Funding & The Arts

Crowd Funding & The Arts

This week friend of The Print Room, Li Chen was featured on the front page of Patreon, which got us thinking “what options are out there for artists wanting to crowdfund?”. The result is an exploration of crowdfunding, the things you need to consider and a few tips on how to get the very best result! Read more...

Let's get back to basics: a "one-oh-one" on Colour Management

You don’t have to be an artist to understand the stress of printing out an image only to find that somewhere in the process the printer has misinterpreted the colours and suddenly you’re looking at a completely different image. This month the crew from The Print Room take you through the 101 of colour management. Perfect for artists, designers or anyone that has ever experienced the dreaded ‘what is going on with that red?’ moment with their photos...

Tim Flower and being a "full stack" artist

Tim Flower and being a "full stack" artist

Back in 2012 I read an article in The Guardian about artists being “double jobbers”, needing part-time jobs and managing multiple careers. Almost every artist I come across has at least one other job. One other career. We are all juggling. Every single artist and self-employed creative I know is “full-stack” and has been long before this buzz word was ever invented. That in mind, I decided to ask Tim Flower, international Auckland-based cinematographer and photographic artist, a couple of questions about being a “double jobber” or “full stack artist”...

Startup Weekend - Learning to swim from the deep end

Startup Weekend - Learning to swim from the deep end

On the surface it doesn’t seem to have much relevance to the Print Room, and writing a blogpost about it over a week later potentially seems like an afterthought.. but it’s not. Its just that I have only now recovered from the exhaustion. A good kind of exhaustion however let me assure you! I needed this time to ruminate on the experience and what it could mean for my artists before putting proverbial pen to paper and writing this post. Why every artist, designer, creative and maker should try Startup Weekend at least once...

Where to begin when Printing for Fairs & Art Sales - A Beginner's Guide

 Where to begin when Printing for Fairs & Art Sales - A Beginner's Guide

For those in the know prints are the easiest thing in the world to make, and great for selling at fairs and art sales - who doesn’t want to put fantastic art on the walls right? For those of you who don’t know much about it, and maybe those who know a little but want to brush up, it’s actually not that daunting - and I am here to try and make things just that little bit simpler.

Art Ache 6.0 - Artist not printer(?) This time at least..

Art Ache 6.0 - Artist not printer(?) This time at least..

What happened last week? Well, good question. Last Thursday was the 6th edition of Art Ache, and instead of my usual role as representative of the Print Room (Art Ache’s official Fine Art print sponsor), I unpacked some of my own artworks and headed down to Golden Dawn to peddle my wares as an artist and Art Acher - aka H C Clegg...

Art Ache for the faint of he(art)

Art Ache for the faint of he(art)

"The more that I look at different kinds of art, the more I realise that I actually know virtually NOTHING about it. There are literally like…a million things that I don’t know about art. I got thinking about this the other day, and like most things I get to thinking about, once I started I couldn't stop. 

What makes art art? Is it the actual physical nature of the work in front of you, or is it more about the thought process and emotional journey that went into the artists interpretation? " Casey McLellan gives us her take on art in the run up to May's Art Ache event

Creative Mornings Auckland : Simon Pound talks humility, truth and the business of being creative

Simon launched into a passionate list of frank business advice with a promise: that this very thing is probably going to make us all very, very uncomfortable.

And its true that for many pursuing a life in the creative realm the dollars and cents side of life can ring a little vulgar. After all, you choose this life to pursue creativity, beauty, art and passion; all things that can spread themselves out for all eternity. The harsh reality that you have bills to pay can feel like a mechanism to place constraints on your creativity, rather than set it free. The truth is that the pursuit of full time art/design/illustration/design thinking/photography is inherently tied together with that of financial security, and Simon insists that acknowledging this from the get go will allow us to create better work.....

Art Ache 5.0 - sunshine, wine, art, atmosphere

Art Ache 5.0 - sunshine, wine, art, atmosphere

Last night Art Ache kicked off this year’s event series in a flurry of vibrancy and saturated colour - not only from the fantastic artwork on show but also the weather! Summer is indeed sticking around a little longer, and bathed in the fantastic early evening glow after an intensely warm day, the artists laid out their collections for the punters of Golden Dawn to ponder, debate, and even buy - all with a glass of wine in hand and a smile on their face..

Art Ache: A new way to enjoy art for the novice or established collector

With five new artists work presented at each event and a timeline of events that span the year, Art Ache is The place to be for all established & beginner art lovers. Every alternate month Art Ache opens it’s gates in the relaxed surroundings of the Golden Dawn in Ponsonby and showcases carefully selected artists and their work. Artist or not, young or old, thick or thin wallet, Art Ache provides all art lovers with the chance to buy art and get their collection started...

5 tips for getting creative: Oh creativity where art thou?

Like many humans that have artistic passions, I juggle my love for illustration with the need to keep a roof over my head. My day job although creative is not exactly pawing over charcoal covered paper for 3 hours, so when I get home there can be a bit of a disconnect between wanting to draw and being able to. If this resonates with you, and you feel that you are spending more time trying to be creative rather than being creative (or simply have been struggling in your creative project recently) I have put together 5 tips that may help....