Touching Elbows

Screenprinting sorcery from a magical partnership.

Kate Gibb is a doyenne of the silkscreen, while William Luz (formerly William Edmonds) works with drawing, ceramics, painting, music and print. Together, they are Touching Elbows. Built on respect, admiration and friendship, their collaboration began a few years back, when they promised to introduce each other to their favourite disciplines. For Will, a course in advanced screenprinting. For Kate, a ceramics primer. Kate’s still waiting, but that’s no bad thing, considering how well the screenprinting went.

 They begin by printing one-off ideas, taking turns to print a layer, using each other's screens, before choosing their favourite elements to work up into an edition. They’re not allowed to say no to each other’s decisions, which keeps the momentum going and sets the stage for some unexpected results. They’ve created a repeat pattern for Studio Flock and dream of designing rugs, but ultimately this isn’t a commercial endeavour. It’s a self-perpetuating project about making, and if some of the things they make end up on our walls, we can’t ask for more than that.


Touching Elbows on Studio Flock