What are collagraphs?
They are prints made with printing plates that have had things glued down on them – textured materials with different ink holding capacities, so that the plate is essentially a collage. By choosing the shape and placements of these materials, an image is formed when the plate is inked and printed. I mostly make collagraph printing plates using real plants.
Collagraph takes its name from the French colle, meaning glue (or Greek koll/ kolla = glue), and the Greek graphos, meaning drawing.
Image: Casuarina with Male Flowers 1, © Jacky Lowry, collagraph printing plate.
More details about the plate, and the prints taken off it, below.
Details of the banner image are also below.
How I came to print with real plants
Between 2012 and 2017, until her death at 101 years, I spend time each year in Albany, Western Australia on mother-care duties, giving my sisters a break. In that first year I found there was plenty of time for art making, but not having brought materials with me, it had to be simple. Further, I couldn’t actually print anything, as a press was not easily available.
A solution was to make collagraph printing plates, to be finished off and printed on return to Queensland. The materials are simple – strawboard and various glues – all easily sourced in a small Australian regional town. Plant forms, having long fascinated and delighted me, became the subject, abundantly sourced from gardens, road verges, and the surrounding bush.
Albany Western Australia collagraphs
This gallery shows prints taken off plates made with Western Australian plants.
See my Artwork Archive Collection page for more plant collagraphs, and other art works.
“50 Acres” collagraphs, south-east Queensland, Australia
I had so much fun making collagraph plates while in Albany Western Australia, that I began to make and print plates of plants from my 50 acre property in south-eastern Queensland, Australia. My favourites are the grasses, with their elegant forms and calligraphic, drooping seed heads. Hand colouring draws attention to the particular details of each plant. There is much in very ordinary and common plants to surprise and delight.
See more “50 Acres” collagraphs on my Artwork Archives “50 Acres” Collection page.
Please contact me to arrange a purchase.
Hakea 4, 3/12, © Jacky Lowry,
hand-coloured collagraph print on paper
Image size: 18.5 cm x 17 cm.
Paper Size: 14 cm x 22 cm
Price: AUD $40 plus P&P unframed
Prints 1/12; 7/12; 9/12; 10/12; 12/12 available.
Casuarina with Male Flowers 1, © Jacky Lowry, collagraph printing plate, varnished and framed without glass.
Plate size: 18 cm x 14 cm.
Frame size: 30 cm x 25 cm.
Price: AUD $206 plus P&P
Casuarina with Male Flowers 1, 1/8, © Jacky Lowry, hand-coloured collagraph print on paper.
Image size: 18 cm x 14 cm.
Paper size: 32 cm x 26 cm
Price: AUD $105 plus P&P unframed.
Prints 1/8 to 8/8 available.