Marja-Leena Rathje
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all 'Hands' up

I recently completed editioning the last piece in the Hands series, in this format anyway. Today I put it up on the studio wall with the earlier ones. You may have seen the first six on the wall earlier.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/04/2013 | 22 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Hands, Printworks

 

'Hands' on the wall


These are the first six of my ongoing Hands series of prints all together...

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Marja-Leena | 17/01/2013 | 9 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Hands, Printworks

 

Hand with Pine Cone



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Marja-Leena | 28/12/2012 | 8 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Hands, Printworks

 

Hand with Leaf



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Marja-Leena | 15/12/2012 | 13 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Hands, Printworks

 

prints, prints, prints

The annual Print Sale is coming up fast at the Studio Art printmaking department at Capilano University. As always it will feature intaglio, relief, silk screen and digital prints created by students, Art Institute members and faculty in the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/11/2012 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

in progress

Here's a peek at some of my work that is in progress in the printmaking studio. These are early trial proofs. More about these later when the series is a bit more finished. I must get outside to work... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/11/2012 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Hands, Printworks

 

Writing-on-Stone IV, V


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Silent Messengers: Writing-on-Stone IV


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Silent Messengers: Writing-on-Stone V

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Marja-Leena | 05/05/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Printmaking, Printworks, Silent Messengers

 

Writing-on-Stone series



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Silent Messengers: Writing-on-Stone I

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Silent Messengers: Writing-on-Stone II

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Fragments VI



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Marja-Leena | 16/03/2012 | 19 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Fragments, Printworks

 

exhibition at CityScape



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Fragments V



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Marja-Leena | 17/11/2011 | 9 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Fragments, Printworks

 

sneak preview

Falling behind as I am with my blog posting here, I offer my faithful readers a little sneak peek at what is currently keeping me very busy. This is a section of a work in progress for what I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/11/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Fragments, Printworks

 

Fragments IV



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Marja-Leena | 01/11/2011 | 20 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Fragments, Printworks

 

Fragments III



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Marja-Leena | 11/03/2011 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Fragments

 

Fragments II



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Marja-Leena | 08/03/2011 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Fragments

 

Fragments I



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Marja-Leena | 06/03/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Fragments, Printworks

 

'this place' #3

'this place' #3 archival inkjet 33 x 48 cm. (13" x 19") Related works: 'this place' #1 and 'this place' #2... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/02/2011 | 8 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

'this place' #2

'this place' #2 archival inkjet 33 x 48 cm. (13" x 19") Related works: 'this place' #1 and 'this place' #3... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/02/2011 | 10 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

'this place' #1


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Marja-Leena | 11/02/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Printworks, Recent Exhibitions

 

ARKEO #7



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ARKEO #7
archival inkjet, collagraph & engraving
81 x 61 cm. (32" x 23.75")

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Marja-Leena | 31/01/2011 | 4 comments
themes: Arkeo, Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

ARKEO #6



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ARKEO #6
Archival inkjet & engraving on Hahnemuhle PhotoRag paper
60.5 x 81.2 cm. (24" x 32")

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Marja-Leena | 30/01/2011 | 3 comments
themes: Arkeo, Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

London Underfoot Triptychs



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left: London Underfoot – Triptych #3; right: London Underfoot – Triptych #7

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Marja-Leena | 22/01/2011 | 11 comments
themes: Arkeo, Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

the 'London Underfoot' prints




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London Underfoot #1

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London Underfoot #13

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Marja-Leena | 17/01/2011 | 12 comments
themes: Arkeo, Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

at the print studio

Here are some glimpses of the printmaking studio in which I work - my desk with the proof on the wall which I printed last week, and our wide-format inkjet printer, affectionately called Lucy.... [Continue Reading...]

Chang-Soo Kim: photos

As I wrote recently, Korean artist Chang-Soo Kim has an exhibition of his large digital printworks at Capilano University's Studio Art Gallery. It continues until Thursday, October 28th. A few days ago I had the opportunity to take a few... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/10/2010 | 10 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists

 

Exhibition: Chang-Soo Kim

Chang-Soo Kim is an award winning photographer and printmaker and a professor at the college of art at Kyungwon University, Seoul, South Korea. He is visiting Vancouver and Edmonton with the following events, organized by University of British Columbia... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/10/2010 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists

 

little test prints

It's been quite some time since I've shown any of my printmaking projects. I still haven't uploaded the series I finished in the fall and in January.... soon, I hope. So readers might be interested in these little test... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/03/2010 | 17 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

ARKEO #3

   

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ARKEO #3
archival inkjet and etching
60.5 x 81 cm.
   

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Marja-Leena | 16/09/2009 | be the first to comment
themes: Arkeo, Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

ARKEO #2


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ARKEO #2
archival inkjet and relief print
81 x 61 cm

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Marja-Leena | 16/09/2009 | 2 comments
themes: Arkeo, Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

ARKEO #1

   

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ARKEO #1:
archival inkjet and relief print
81 x 61 cm
   

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Marja-Leena | 16/09/2009 | be the first to comment
themes: Arkeo, Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

ARKEO series


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detail from ARKEO #2

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Marja-Leena | 26/08/2008 | 19 comments
themes: Arkeo, Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printworks

 

printing hands


Last November I wrote about a work in progress, a print combining digital printing and a collagraph. Have a look at that image and compare it to what follows below. My photos are not good but serve to illustrate the...

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this past week


sunny, crisp cold days
sparkling frosty nights
brilliant blue moon
foggy mornings
(...more...)

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Marja-Leena | 24/11/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Home

 

work in progress

Like many artists, I don't usually like to show my work before it is finished. Perhaps it's the blog medium and the interest of you faithful readers that has made me more willing to show-and-tell some of my work... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/11/2007 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

Robert Jackson exhibition

Friend and fellow artist Robert Jackson will be having an exciting opening of his exhibition called 'Approaching Wholeness' this Thursday, Oct.4th starting at 4 pm

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Marja-Leena | 02/10/2007 | 9 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists

 

another print

Some time back, I presented a little show-and-tell on how I proof my prints before printing the whole edition, a standard practise for printmakers. I've mentioned that I'm working on a series of archival inkjet prints based on manipulated... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/03/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

trial proofs

I've had several readers express an interest in seeing the development of a print after I wrote about my excitement when the first proofs came through the wide format inkjet printer. This feeling is true no matter what type of... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/12/2006 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

printing proofs

It's an incredible feeling that's hard to describe, when I do a print for the first time and it looks great! Whether it's an etching, a collagraph or an inkjet print, it's hard to be sure how it will... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/10/2006 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

on the wall

As I mentioned a few days ago, I've been playing with layering some collagraphs with inkjet printed transparent film. Here's a peek at what I've been doing. Above is a photo of the works in progress pinned up on... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/10/2006 | 17 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

visiting Interconnection

We were sad to miss the opening last week of Michiko Suzuki and Wayne Eastcott's exhibition Interconnection, also the grand opening of the new Bellevue Gallery. By all accounts the opening was very successful, attended by around 200 people... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/10/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Steven Dixon: Spare

Steven Dixon: Desert Structure No. 1, 2006 Digital print on Japanese paper mounted on panel The Art Gallery of Alberta, formerly the Edmonton Art Gallery, is featuring an exhibition of prints by Steven Dixon called Spare: Steven Dixon's large-scale... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/03/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists, Photography

 

experiments, part 2

I wrote a little while ago about my recent experiments with digital printing on organza. Many of you readers were very interested in reading about my process, so I thought I'd update you on the results of some further... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/03/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking

 

Olga Campbell's opening

We made it this evening to Olga Campbell's opening at Diskin Galleries. Olga presented quite a large number of her digital prints, some based on her travels in Asia and some of her personal family history, and all very... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/02/2006 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Other artists

 

printers and scanners

In the comments to yesterday's post about my experiments, virtual friend and artist-blogger in Alaska, Elise Tomlinson asked some very interesting questions, which have inspired me to write today's entry. So, do you have your own printer and scanner... [Continue Reading...]

experiments

As some readers know, my most recent printworks have been utilizing an inkjet printed clear mylar layer over a print on paper. I've expressed some dissatisfaction with the mylar's shine and reflection. So, I've been looking into alternative materials... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/02/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking

 

frustration

Most of my prints for my exhibition are completed to my great satisfaction, but one has been giving me some trouble! It is the transparency layer for another Silent Messengers: Hoodoos. I've been proofing it a few times with... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/11/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking

 

Interconnection: Eastcott / Suzuki

Interconnection 6 (Interior 3) Michiko Suzuki & Wayne Eastcott inkjet, toner etching and Japanese paint on torinoko paper In August 2004, I wrote about a fascinating collaboration between printmakers Michiko Suzuki of Tokyo and Wayne Eastcott of Vancouver. They... [Continue Reading...]

invitation

Here's the exhibition invitation I designed with some great help by daughter Erika and her skills with type design. It has gone to the printers a few days ago, so here's hoping it turns out well! The details: Silent... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/10/2005 | 13 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Digital printmaking

 

prints vs reproductions, again

This really got my attention: Anna Conti's post Giclée can of worms. Go read this excellent and thought-provoking article first, then come back. Indeed! Giclée is a fancy name for high-end inkjet printing, and was very important in its... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/10/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

Bonnie Jordan

Another artist-friend of mine, Bonnie Jordan, has been doing exciting, yet very thoughtful and very leading edge digital printmaking for several years. Here are some of her latest works. Images are copyright Bonnie Jordan, used here with her permission.... [Continue Reading...]

Ethno-Techno photos & review

James K-M, curator of the Ethno-Techno exhibition of last October in which I participated, sent a note today that the installation photos of that show are now up on the Digitalis site. Please have a look. If you are new... [Continue Reading...]

Totally Manipulated

X Faces by Robert Jackson Another exhibition happening this month, and one in which I am also participating in is: TOTALLY MANIPULATED: Digital Art Today at CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Avenue in North Vancouver, BC. The opening... [Continue Reading...]

Michiko Suzuki's exhibition

Michiko sent this link about her newly opened exhibition in Tokyo's Gallery 219. Have a look at her series of archival inkjet prints. You may remember Michiko from my article about her collaboration with Wayne Eastcott.... [Continue Reading...]

Digitalis: Ethno-Techno exhibition

"Happy new month!" as my youngest child used to say when little. This new month of October is a busy one for me with both family stuff and art happenings. One event that I'm excited about is participating in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/10/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking, Recent Exhibitions

 

Institute Printmaking Studio

the printmaking studio at Capilano College** with Wayne Eastcott, printmaking faculty, and Bonnie Jordan, technical assistant, at the largest printing press This has been a very hectic week for me as I return to the printmaking studio after the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/09/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Digital printmaking, Printmaking

 

New Forms Festival

September is almost here and I am looking at some of the upcoming fall events in Vancouver. This one sounds very interesting: New Forms Festival 2004, a celebration of International Media Arts. The New Forms Festival is an annual... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/08/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking

 

Wayne Eastcott & Michiko Suzuki

A fascinating collaboration between two internationally well-known printmakers has been happening in the printmaking studios at Capilano University, North Vancouver. Japanese artist, Michiko Suzuki of Tokyo, Japan became the University's first artist-in-residence in the fall of 2003 and also... [Continue Reading...]

Thoughts on PATHS

Notes from my sketchbook, January 27th, 2000: -- the places one walks, the surface under one's feet -- the journeys one makes, physically and mentally and artistically -- the explorations into unknown territory... as in walking on new ground,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 12/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Concepts, Digital printmaking, Paths, Printworks

 

Nexus: Vyg & Willendorf



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Nexus: Vyg & Willendorf
inkjet print on Hahnemuhle watercolour paper
61 x 80 cm.

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Award-winning Estonian printmakers

In some recent correspondence with friends Virge and Loit Joekalda in Tallinn, Estonia, I learned that Virge has won her country's prestigious Eduard Wiiralti Young Artist's Award for 2004. They sent a large format PDF catalogue of the Awards,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Digital printmaking, Other artists, Printmaking

 

photography and art

Coincidences posted an interesting article about "Big Prints, the Art-Making Impulse, and Time-Motion Panoramas" that has prompted me to add some comments on his blog and here. The extra large digitally printed photographs that we now see in galleries... [Continue Reading...]

Hockney again

Over at studio notebook, on April 5/04 Carolyn wrote about her reaction to David Hockney's book Secret Knowledge. The book is about Hockney's research into how the Old Masters utilized optics as a tool to create their works. "The... [Continue Reading...]

A New Digital Art Center

This is good news for digital artists. At art.blogging.la Caryn writes "Bring on the Technology": "I like digital artists, those who are utilizing digital tools as the sole medium to create their artwork. It has stirred up valuable conversations... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/04/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Digital printmaking, Tools and technology

 

Tools

Viewers and readers are often interested in knowing what tools artists use in creating their artworks. Today's technology has been embraced by many artists, as artists always have done over many centuries in their search for new ways of... [Continue Reading...]

digital art show

Georgia Straight has a review about an exhibition in Vancouver called Digitalis 3 Urban Poetry: An Exhibition of Digital Print, that has piqued my interest because of the opening argument. Dave Watson writes: If digitally made art follows the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/03/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Digital printmaking

 

Hockney on photography

Yesterday I wrote about the Death of Photography debate sparked by David Hockney. Today I came across MAeX Art Blog's entry on this same subject and the link for the Hockney interview in Guardian Unlimited. It really is an... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/03/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Photography, Tools and technology

 

end of photography?

Today's artdaily has a thought-provoking article called False Witness, about the somewhat controversial issue of photo manipulation, especially with today's digital cameras: "Last week David Hockney declared the end of photography in these pages: the rise and rise of... [Continue Reading...]

Horkay's digital collages

mr.h at Giornale Nuovo writes a fascinating blog with numerous entries about unusual art. Recently he wrote about Istvan Horkay's work and posted several of his images. Lee Spiro was quoted as saying:"[his work] combines original drawn and painted... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/03/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Blogging, Digital printmaking, Other artists

 

Nexus/Blue V (Venus de Willendorf)

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Nexus/Blue V (Venus de Willendorf)

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Marja-Leena | 08/02/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Digital printmaking, Nexus, Printworks

 

Nexus/Blue prints

Nexus/Blue I (inkjet & etching, on 73.5 x 60.7 cm. paper and film) Nexus/Blue II (inkjet, on 71 x 75 cm. paper & film) Nexus/Blue III (inkjet, on 57.8 x 40.5 cm polypropylene & film) Variable edition of 3... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/01/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Digital printmaking, Nexus, Printworks

 

Small Experimental Prints

Nexus/Blue Study Inkjet & etching 21.6 x 28 cm. Nexus/SamiDrum Inkjet print 28 x 21.6 cm. on polypropylene & film Nexus/Sandfrieze Inkjet print 21.6 x 28 cm.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/01/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Digital printmaking, Nexus, Printworks