our story #printlikeagirl


THE PRINTING GIRLS (TPG) is an all-female collective of South African-based artists who work in print. Here’s the background story to our #PRINTLIKEAGIRL gang.

In 2009, the six founders of TPG graduated in the Arts from Rhodes University which has always had a strong history of printmaking. During a class reunion exhibition in 2016 they inspired each other to create in print again and began to exhibit as The Printing Girls.

The following year they decided to invite new female printmakers to join up, and TPG in its current incarnation began to materialise. But the main focus has never changed - to create a platform exclusively for our country's women printmakers to share ideas, network and exhibit together.

the TPG ethos #what defines us

What defines us

#PRINTLIKEAGIRL! What DOES that mean?? Commitment.

Essentially, as individual artists, each of us makes original prints as a significant part of our ongoing creative output. And as women we are flexible, innovative and encourage each other to follow our own paths – no taboos.

Some of us use traditional printmaking methods – etching, relief printing, screenprint - while others exploit contemporary digital, and when in an adventurous mood we'll try out combinations of both. We are committed to the idea of the multiple – except of course for monotype and experimental one-off prints … as we said, flexible!

But – and no exceptions here – we are committed to the professional presentation of prints and to scrupulous documentation.

the original edition of 6 TPGs

the original edition of six

Amy-Jane van den Bergh (co-founder), Carmen Ford (co-founder), Cassey Delissen, Claire Zinn/Ryder, Emma Honiball and Lucy Stuart-Clark. 

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