A visit to the Workshop

A highlight in an average day for the team at David Krut Workshop (DKW) is the appearances of curious people who step through our doors and either come to discover or expand their interest in print. We are perfectly positioned at Arts on Main, the new major arts hub adjacent to downtown Johannesburg.

Arts on Main is part of the Maboneng Precinct, a ground breaking urban mixed-used community. DKW was one of the first spaces to opt into the Arts on Main initiative back in 2010. The precinct attracts many day visitors, tourists and city dwellers. The precinct is described on the official Maboneng website as “a creative hub, a place to do business, a destination for visitors and a safe, integrated community for residents”. Read more about the Precinct here.

On an average day visiting the workshop you have a good chance of seeing the carving or printing of William Kentridge’s most recent large-scale woodcuts from the ongoing Triumphs and Laments Woodcuts series (see more here and here). The printers, Chad Cordeiro and Sbongiseni Khulu are in studio to answer questions, and can get caught up chatting about woodgrain, carving, paper, ink and printing.

Master Printer Jillian Ross and Kim-lee Loggenberg are usually absorbed in working with one of our many talented artists in mediums of monotype and intaglio, or you could find them elbow-deep in ink and tarlatan editioning. Currently Loggenberg, with the help of her assistant Purnaa Deb, are editioning Deborah Bell’s latest collaboration with DKW and Master Printer Phil Sanders (see more info here).

Our printers absorbed in their work, love sharing the technicalities of the process, which is often new to visitors. Alongside DKW there is a bookstore as well as a gallery space, which exhibits new projects produced at DKW with local and international artists. Noma Ngwenya and Roxy Kaczmarek are available to walk you through the space and assist with showing prints from our extensive collection.

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