Warren Editions

'prints, drawings and a table'

Christian Nerf
'prints, drawings and a table', Invitation image ,

SEE LISTING Treading Soft Ground

Katherine Bull
Treading Soft Ground, Invitation image ,

SEE LISTING Warren Editions

Various Artists
Warren Editions, Installation View ,


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Hours: Monday to Friday 08:30 – 17:30 | Saturday 10:00 – 14:00 | Closed Sunday and public holidays


Christian Nerf at Warren Editions

Warren Editions presents a body of work that investigates the cause and effect of intent. The intent being the technology of movement, prescribed actions abided by diligently. This procedure of making is recorded in a series of works executed in etching, drypoint, monotype and drawing by Christian Nerf in collaboration with Zhané Warren of Warren Editions. Christian Nerf comments, 'whilst in pursuit of a systemic change I embraced the restrictions offered by drawing. I set about ‘challenging its ability to be a lawless territory’ and a couple of years in I had found a handful of ways with drawing that continue to sustain my interest. These ways are not restricted to drawing and wanting to expand their vocabulary I have now translated key works into monotypes and etchings.'

16 October 2014 - 29 November 2014

Katherine Bull at Warren Editions

Warren Editions, in collaboration with artist Katherine Bull, present a live print performance: ‘Treading Soft Ground’. Working from a live webcam feed, the immediacy of Katherine’s autographic drawings will be translated in print as a team of printmakers etch and hand-print the works as part of a live performance.

As a live print performance, ‘Treading Soft Ground’ is a contemporary and experimental engagement with the traditional printmaking medium of soft ground etching. The loose immediacy of artist Katherine Bull’s line-work, drawn from a live webcam feed of the harbour, projected onto the project space wall, is to be translated in print by a team of Warren Editions printmakers.

The team will etch and hand-print the artist’s images as part of the live performance. In this exciting synthesis of art, technology and traditional craft, Treading Soft Ground pushes the collaborative dynamic of printmaking. Popularised in the late 18th century, soft ground etching is a traditional printmaking technique in which a soft, waxy ground is applied to a metal plate. Over the plate is placed a sheet of paper onto which the artist draws. The line-work impresses the ground, and when etched the plate retains thedrawn image. The plate is then inked and wiped by hand, and when printed represents in a new form, the delicacy and natural fluctuation of the drawn marks.

As a project, ‘Treading Soft Ground’ means to facilitate an exciting creative transfer between artist Katherine Bull and the print team at Warren Editions. As a ‘live print performance’ the project engages directly with the public, and presents a unique opportunity for the audience to share in a creative happening. The viewer will experience first-hand the traditional printmaking process that is soft ground etching, and engage in a dialogue between the digital and analogue evident in Katherine Bull’s work.

‘Treading Soft Ground’ will take place on 22 May 2014 at Warren Editions Projects between 17:00 and 21:00, with an exhibition following the performance event showcasing the prints pulled from the soft ground etchings created during the performance.

The performance is an official World Design Capital Cape Town | project #WDC659

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22 May 2014 - 28 June 2014

Various Artists at Warren Editions

Printmaking studio and project space Warren Editions presents Gift | Works for R3000 and under. The exhibition celebrates the season of giving with an exciting selection of affordable artworks. 


It’s an opportunity to invest in up-and-coming artists, to grow your personal art collection, or even better buy an original print for someone else!


Warren Editions collaborates with established as well as emerging artists, enabling the production of limited edition prints in a number of traditional as well as more contemporary techniques – from etching and monotype to polymer photogravure. A wide cross-section of prints will be on show, with work by (amongst others) Tom Cullberg, Sanell Aggenbach, Michael Taylor, Marna Hattingh, Jan Philip Raath, Clint Campbell, Christo Basson, Hentie van der Merwe, Elise Wessels, Hanneke Benadé, Georgina Gratrix, Jean de Wet, Colijn Strydom and Ruan Hoffmann.


Making original and contemporary art more accessible is what printmaking at Warren Editions is all about. Gift | Works for R3000 and under foregrounds and makes available exciting and affordable works to first-time buyers, collectors and of course those Christmas shoppers looking for something special, and a little more enduring.


23 November 2013 - 18 January 2014