Neil is a professional mechanical designer. He has designed and made etching presses in Australia for more than 45 years. To date he has produced hundreds of enjay presses, which can be found in schools, tertiary institutions and printmakers’ studios. His industrial designs include die-cutting presses, dust collectors and power transformer peripherals.
In 1965 Neil established his first business, making display boards and educational accessories; it was not a success. In 1968 he started making etching presses part-time, moving to full-time status in 1972. A busy period followed, making etching and industrial presses until 1992. 1993 saw a shift away from industrial products and concentration on etching presses that were redesigned in the light of modern industrial trends and processes.
Neil is proud of the quality of his presses and has personally assembled every enjay press since 1987, 25+ years.
Neil has been supported by Denise throughout the enjay journey. They have been married for nearly 50 years and have 3 children.
I am an artist-printmaker and have printed my own and other artists’ work for four decades. I started printing for other artists in 1976, when I and fellow graduate Deborah Walker purchased an enjay RP32 etching press. We began printing for Louis Kahan and Geoff la Gerche.
Providing a custom printing service for 40 years has led to many major collaborations with artists, a privileged and satisfying position for me to be so closely invoved in the creative decision making process.
In this time I have established studio facilities at 6 different locations in Melbourne. I am now in King Valley NE Victoria and continue to develop my main editioning studio around several enjay presses including a very large press used initially for the work of Geoff Ricardo.
Neil Jeffery and I first met when I was the printmaking technician at Caulfield Tech. and our paths crossed occasionally for nearly 20 years. In 1993 Neil commenced design of a new range of modern etching presses and I agreed to lend my printmaking experience to making them as user-friendly, safe and high performing as possible. The result of our collaboration is seen in the current model e28/760 and e34/865 etching presses.
I am a contact person for sales (since 1993) and enjay etching presses have been supplied to art schools, print workshops and privately to some of the country’s leading practitioners.
I grew up on a sheep and wheat farm in central NSW and went to art school in Newcastle. In 1979 I moved to Adelaide where I lived happily until I relocated to Trentham Victoria in 2014 and opened an access printmaking studio – AGAVE PRINT STUDIO – in a 1970s A-frame.
While in Adelaide I ran a printmaking studio offering access, editioning and workshops. In 1991 I tendered for a secondhand electric Enjay press (made in the late 1970s) from the South Australian School of Art. It was a real beauty but I sold this press prior to moving to Trentham. My new Enjay is the e34/865 press, now a more streamlined press with a Bakelite bed and more safety features. I love it. I am now the contact person for Enjay Presses in the Victorian Goldfields area which has a wonderful mix of printmakers, workshops and creativity.
AGAVE PRINT STUDIO offers workshops and studio access for printmakers, printmaking collaborations and editioning services and short-term residencies. I am currently a PhD student at ANU with supervisor Sasha Grishin. I run workshops in printmaking, digital imaging, and artist books nationally and internationally and in 2011 I taught a summer school in printmaking at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine, USA. My book Printmaking with Photopolymer Plates is in its 3rd edition, and I am planning to write a new book on photopolymer printmaking post-PhD studies.
I have been an artist-printmaker for 15 years. I founded Union St Printmakers in 2009 to teach printmaking to fellow artists and the local community. In recent years my studio and teaching practice has extended to curating exhibitions; bringing together established artists and raw beginners to raise the profile and practice of printmaking in Adelaide. I co-ordinate a periodic e-newsletter of all things printmaking in South Australia and also editions plates for fellow artists.
My passion is persuading people over to the dark and inky side of the visual arts, as well as collaborating on projects and sharing skills.
Since 2014 I have also been a committee member of the Print Council of Australia and a Board member of Guildhouse since 2013.
I've been fortunate to be the SA contact for Enjay presses since late 2014, when Dianne Longley moved to country Victoria. I use an s24/610 press in my Stepney classroom and have a RP18D for workshops outside the classroom. I love the robust quality and safety of enjay presses. It is easy to extol the virtues of printmaking on presses like these.
I have worked as the technician in Printmaking at the University of Tasmania for the past ten years. I regularly run classes for community printmaking groups in Hobart and as far away as Fitzroy Crossing. I have also taught in a Community Education Centre in Arnhem Land, for TAFE and Adult Education in Tasmania.
In the past few years I have established a printmaking studio in Lindisfarne, Tasmania and have helped in an advisory role with Hunter Island Press in Bellerive. I have an extensive commercial printing background before discovering the much more rewarding, printmaking at an evening art class.
I have worked with a number of different presses, as well as moved many. I am happy to be a contact point for Enjay Presses as I feel they are a quality product that offers value for money.
I am a Sydney local, having lived in this city all of my life. I studied at the National Art School and did post-graduate studies at City Art Institute (now UNSW Art&Design). I majored in printmaking during those years and printmaking in all its forms has been my passion ever since.
I teach printmaking classes in Sydney at Warringah Printmakers Studio and Pine Street Creative Art Centre as well as workshops around Australia and more recently at the wonderful Art Print Residence Studio in Arenys de Munt just outside of Barcelona in Spain. I also tutor school students in printmaking processes for HSC works. I organise the workshop program at Warringah Printmakers Studio and I am on their studio management committee.
I am also on the committee of the Print Council of Australia as a representative for NSW. I am a member of Sydney Printmakers which exhibits prints and promotes printmaking and I am currently the president of this group and help organise printmaking exhibitions all over Australia and internationally.
When producing my own prints I specialise in intaglio processes. So a reliable etching press is absolutely essential and my experience with Enjay as a printmaker is whilst doing residencies, 4 in total at the Art Vault in Mildura. I have spent many happy hours at the Art Vault printing in the studio on their Enjay press and the results are always spot on.
I am often asked for advice on printmaking/studio matters and I'm always happy to help.
My family nickname as a child was Ink, so it now looks as though that was prophetic… I fell in love with printmaking more than a decade ago, so much so that I have established a studio and teaching space in my home, where I have a big, beautiful, Enjay E34 etching press.
I’m a founding member of the Black Gully Printmakers in the Museum of Printing at the New England Regional Art Museum in Armidale, where an enthusiastic group of printmakers prints together and shares ideas. I exhibit regularly around the country and am always chuffed to be short listed for any printmaking award – one day maybe I’ll get a gong!
Since I bought my fabulous little RP12 portable press I’ve been hitting the road to take printmaking into community centres in country areas and having a ball. I’m thrilled to be able to share my passion for printmaking and my experience with Enjay presses. I couldn’t be happier with my two presses and would be delighted to help you find the press that will suit your needs. Email on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 0487184059.
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