New Classes for 2017, Bali Wrap Up and Artist Books

What a great start to the year the Bali Workshop was! It was a fantastic group of interesting artists and teachers. Being surrounded by the beautiful gardens, trees tropical flowers and the sound of running water wherever you go has had a lasting effect on me. The ARMA resort did NOT disappoint with great food as usual Ibu Puska who has worked at the ARMA for over 20 years, is the head Chef there, a lovely lady. When you talk to her you can hear the passion she has about food and ingredients and it shows in the outstanding meals we had.  I haven’t got any food shots unfortunately but here are some photos, of our week away.

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Now back home and classes at the Fremantle Art Centre

Studio Print is a fantastic way to get back into making your own work, share ideas with likeminded people and be mentored through your own project. Mondays 1:30 – 4:30pm  or Saturday  1:30 – 4:30pm.

Contact the Fremantle Arts Centre 9432 9555

I have some other great classes coming up Linocut on Tuesday evenings, Etching Wednesday mornings, Beginners Printmaking Monday Mornings, Learn to Draw on Tuesday mornings. See the website for details

Other things on the Horizon

I’m finishing off an artists’ book for Between the Sheets which is an exhibition that will be on at Central Tafe Gallery in March. Here are some images of the work in progress. I have just been asked if I would do a short artist in residency at Penrhos College, which should be fun.

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Putting Together the Materials Kits

I’m in Ubud Bali for my Linocut Workshop at the ARMA resort in Ubud. Had a really busy day yesterday putting the kits together.  The box the kit comes in is hand woven in Bali, it took some organising to get the boxes made to size, but totally worth it, and a great way to support local crafts people. They are exquisitely made. There is over $240 worth of materials in this kit and I’ve sourced quality  brands I’ve been using for years.


Linocuts – more than cutting white

Lino Blocks for Wine Labels
Lino Blocks for Wine Labels

On a basic level, a linocut is a stamp, you cut away the white areas and the remaining areas are inked up and printed.

But it’s so much more than that.

This image shows the lino blocks I made a couple of years ago for a series of wine labels for Journey Wines  I really enjoyed making the artwork for this project, there is something very satisfying about the process of carving lino. It is so physical in this digital world, connecting you to centuries of printmaking.

More than just carving away the white areas. Linocut is about finding a mark that describes the essence that subject.  So you are carving away the white areas of  water with a different mark than you are carving away grass, clothing differently from skin. Like mark-making in drawing, brush-marks in painting the carved mark becomes an expression of the subject matter. I have been making Linocuts for over 20 years and I just need one more person for my Linocut workshop held in Ubud Bali to go ahead 8th – 15th January 2017.

Find out about my Bali workshop here

See my Linocuts from the Understanding Alice Exhibition here

See my Linocuts for wine labels here

Here is the video I made before the 2015 workshop, ignore the dates all the other info is relevant to our 2017 trip, love for you to join me.




Why go to Bali to make Linocuts?

Balcony View at the Arma ResortI am looking for people to attend my Linocut workshop in Ubud Bali from the 8th – 15th January 2017.  Deposit needed by the 3oth September 2016.

This is a workshop suitable for:

  • Beginners to Linocut
  • Up – skilling art teachers or arts professionals
  • Artists wishing to follow their own theme

Why go to Bali?

  • The ARMA Resort is a beautiful place with gorgeous gardens all the inspiration and subject matter you would need is there.
  • You are away from home out of your routine and away from the mundane distractions of everyday life.
  • The food is excellent.
  • You will return feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and learn a new skill?
  • Learn about Balinese art and culture.
  • The ARMA resort supports the arts at a grass roots level providing free tuition to local children in traditional Balinese dance, music and visual arts. By supporting ARMA you are supporting  Balinese traditional arts.

So to organise the accommodation I need a deposit of $680 by September 30th. I would love to share my love of linocut with you in 2017, give yourself an experience and start the year feeling inspired.

For details on cost and itinerary go to

and see the video below which was made for the 2015 trip, 2017 is at the same venue.


Art Workshop in Ubud Bali – Arma Resort

Balcony View at the Arma Resort
Balcony View at the Arma Resort

With our exhibition at Heathcote  finished and all the work up on the website click here to see. My attention has turned to my Bali Workshop next January. See website has just been updated with some new pictures, and I am really excited at the prospect of taking another group in January 2017. Over the next few days I will blog about different aspects of the trip I have planned for 2017.

Here is a short video I made before the 2015 trip. Which shows the beautiful gardens at the Arma Resort where we stay.

The Arma Resort was started to fund the Arma Foundation which was created to promote and preserve Balinese culture, including traditional dance, visual arts and wood carving. As well as other cultural programs, it provides traditional informal classes for local children free of charge to preserve Bali’s beautiful artistic culture.  By staying at the Arma Resort we are putting money back into Balinese arts.

It is such a relaxing and inspiring place to stay, a river runs through the property and you can hear the sound of running water in the background, where ever you are.

For prices and details go to the website, I would love to have you on the trip. Please subscribe to this blog, the next one will be about linocut.

Back from Albany

Thanks to the Vancouver Arts Centre, Amber and Rachael for a lovely two weeks in Albany.

This is the work I made over the 2 weeks, it isn’t a very coherent group of works. But these 2 weeks were more about starting ideas and gathering information and soaking up the place. Some of this I think will feed into the group exhibition at Heathcote in May which I am a part of – Seven Printmakers Respond to Place. The coast line in Albany is beautiful and I took a lot of photos while I was there. The doorways and windows are from the Mary Thompson House where I stayed, so you never know what will be the inspiration. I find doorways and windows to be a beautiful visual metaphor.

Artwork by Shana James made during Albany Artist in Residence 2016
Now back to the routine, teaching at the Fremantle Arts Centre starts this week, you can find courses here its not too late to enroll.

Still Places Copic Bookbinding Workshop at the Printmakers Association

Elijah Artists Book with Coptic Binding by Shana James
Elijah Artists Book with Coptic Binding by Shana James

Learn the stitching technique used by Coptic monks in the 3rd Century AD make artists books or your own sketch books.

Add another technique to your art practice. This Sunday 10am – 4pm $60 PAWA Members or $85 nonmembers (includes membership till 31/ 01/2016)

Held at the Tresillian Community Centre, Nedlands. Contact the Printmakers Association to enrol,

Be quick to avoid missing out!