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Michiko Suzuki: A Feeler

Michiko has a solo exhibition of her latest prints coming up at the Bellevue Gallery in West Vancouver. The opening is on Valentine's Day, Feb 14th, 6 to 8 pm. and the exhibition continues to March 16th, 2013. Read... [Continue Reading...]

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

 

exchange exhibition opening

left to right: Ritsuko Takeda, Haruko Cho, Sachiko Kawamura, Prof. Hiroshi Maruyama, Haruki Sakuraba by Hiroshi Maruyama by Yusaku Fujiwara by Isao Kobayashi Here are a few photos from last week's opening of the exchange exhibition of works by... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/10/2012 | 16 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

B-Gallery exhibition photos

As I wrote in the spring along with a poster image, our Art Insitute printers group had an exciting exhibition at the B-Gallery in Tokyo. I was lucky during the show to capture one photo from the gallery's site... [Continue Reading...]

a test piece

Untitled torn etchings, mylar and cotton string 14.5cm x 24.5 cm. (5.5" x 10") plus string I recently found this in an old sketchbook. It was a little test I once made to experiment with a way of mounting... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/08/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Older Works, Printmaking

 

print show videos

A while ago, I posted about a printmaking exhibition by several friends at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. Michiko Suzuki, one of the artists, has kindly emailed me that she has put up two videos on YouTube. One... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/08/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Art Institute (Printmaking), Printmaking

 

100 yr old printshop

The printmaker in me was fascinated by an article in our paper about Canada's first Chinese print shop still in operation here in Vancouver after a century, run by the third generation of the Lam family and the matriarch.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/07/2012 | 9 comments
themes: Canada and BC, History, Printmaking, Tools and technology

 

photo: Japan exhibition

Perhaps you remember my earlier post about our Art Institute group's print exhibition in Japan? Here is a screen shot of the installation at the B-Gallery in Tokyo. My piece Fragments IV is second from the left. I can... [Continue Reading...]

Lea, an etching

an early trial proof a later colour trial proof, almost there Lea - etching, 1983 image: 22.2 x 22.5 cm. (8.75" x 8.8") Paper: 38 x 38 cm. (15" x15") Here is one of my very early etchings from... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/06/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Older Works, Printmaking, Printworks

 

Printmaking, eh?

Printmaking, eh?: Four Artists Expanding the Boundaries May 25 - July 20, 2012 Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery, Tokyo Four of the artists in the previously announced exhibition are also showing concurrently and for a longer period at... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/05/2012 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Art Institute (Printmaking), Printmaking

 

exhibition in Japan



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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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Mauricio Lasansky

Mauricio Lasansky: da Vinci 1987 from LasanskyArt Visiting wood s lot a couple of days ago, two powerful and familiar prints caught my eye immediately for I recognized them as the work of Mauricio Lasansky, even before seeing the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/04/2012 | 16 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

mirror mirror

more play with some of the printed images from the last session in my studio, now with a mirror... not sure where this is going yet but having fun with it... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/03/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Printmaking

 

in the studio

Half of my studio table is covered with a pile of proofs from various prints as I never like to throw anything away. Today I played with some pieces of prints on paper layered with printed film. I rather... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/03/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking

 

exhibition at CityScape



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eight

- a small collagraph print with colour added digitally I am so pleased with this new blog design. As it turns out, it is the perfect eighth blog anniversary gift from Elisa and J, though likely the timing was... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/02/2012 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Printmaking

 

twelfth night


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Marja-Leena | 06/01/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Drawings, Printmaking

 

today's work/play

Some readers were curious about the etching I used to make the rubbing yesterday. Here is the deeply etched copperplate, about 12.5 x 28 cm. You may have seen it before though I could not find more than a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/01/2012 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Drawings, Printmaking

 

Print Sale 2011

It's that time of year again, even at the Studio Art printmaking department at Capilano University's North Vancouver campus. The ever-popular Annual Print Sale is next Monday, featuring intaglio, relief, silk screen and digital prints created by students, Art... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/11/2011 | 2 comments
themes: Printmaking

 

San Severa's Pinwheels


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Marja-Leena | 15/11/2011 | 15 comments
themes: Paths, Printmaking, Printworks

 

more jute

I am really enjoying revisiting this wonderful fibre! I'm surprised and pleased at all the comments the first jute post received. Meanwhile some of the jute imagery has gone into a new print I'm currently working on so wish... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/09/2011 | 13 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Printmaking, Textures

 

origins


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detail from FRAGMENTS II

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Marijke Nap: Life Works

detail: Marijke Nap: Untitled, 1999 collagraph & silkscreen image 21 x 32 cm on 40.5 x 50.5 cm paper While on vacation recently I received a group email about a printmaking exhibition of works by Marijke Nap. How very... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/05/2011 | 5 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Roger Fidler exhibition

It is my pleasure to introduce friend and fellow printmaker and photographer Roger Fidler. Roger has an exhibition of his photographs, photo-etchings and photoworks opening next Sunday at the Havana Gallery. Everyone is welcome to the opening, details below:... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/04/2011 | 3 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Photography, Printmaking

 

Capilano U print sale

It's that time of year again, even at the Studio Art printmaking department at Capilano University's North Vancouver campus! The ever-popular Annual Print Sale is next Wednesday, featuring intaglio, relief, silk screen and digital prints created by students, Art... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/11/2010 | 3 comments
themes: Printmaking

 

back pats

1. Congratulations to Mark Woods on Wood s Lot's 10th anniversary of blogging marvelous excerpts and links to interesting and eclectic writings and art. I also enjoy his lovely photographs of areas in eastern Canada that have been gracing... [Continue Reading...]

BIMPE VI exhibition

Design: Cloe Aigner, Print: "Bite your Tongue", by Jen McGowan, Intaglio Everyone is invited to the opening for The Sixth Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition (BIMPE) on Saturday, September 11th, 2010 from 6 to 9 pm. at the Federation... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/09/2010 | 5 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking, Recent Exhibitions

 

art & garden busy-ness

I wish you could smell the heavenly scent of these first lily-of-the-valley flowers from my garden. The next virtual sense to come one day via the web? I'm still busy in the printmaking studio finishing up work, then about... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/04/2010 | 16 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Print Triennials, Printmaking

 

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

 

William and Kate Blake

I have just finished reading a fascinating book about a famous artist-printmaker-poet and his wife. As a printmaker, I found this passage particularly intriguing to find in a historical novel: William and I began to be real partners in Printing.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/10/2009 | 18 comments
themes: Books, History, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Michiko Suzuki: Flicker of Life

I've written about my friend and fellow printmaker Michiko Suzuki several times here but I missed telling you about her most recent solo exhibition Flicker of Life ~ Selected Works (1993 - 2008) held at the Penticton Art Gallery... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/04/2009 | 19 comments
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists, Printmaking

 

hands, still


I keep thinking a lot about hands and what they do. Hunt, plant, gather and eat food. Cook, clean, sew, build. Touch, hold, caress, massage, love. Hold tools to make, write, create, play. And print and paint hands on rock walls...........

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my 'gallery'


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Silent Messengers: Writing-on-Stone III
archival inkjet and collagraph
76.2 x 50.6 cm.

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Marja-Leena | 14/05/2008 | 19 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking, Silent Messengers

 

Michiko Suzuki exhibition

An exciting exhibition featuring the printmaking of Michiko Suzuki is coming up this week!
FLOATING WORLD at Bellevue Gallery, West Vancouver
April 24th to May 24th, 2008

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Marja-Leena | 20/04/2008 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

print artists

For a few months now, I've been reading the blog of a printmaker who happens to live in the same part of this world as I do. Amie Roman is based here on the west coast of British Columbia, working mostly in relief techniques, and writes an interesting blog about her processes and inspirations....

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Marja-Leena | 19/03/2008 | 5 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Elaine de Kooning


Recently I discovered Elaine de Kooning and some work she had done at Crown Point over 20 years ago...

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Marja-Leena | 06/03/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Books, Other artists, Printmaking, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

Edmonton Print International 2008


The Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP) is presenting an open juried print competition, the Edmonton Print International - EPI 2008, to be exhibited September 26th to October 17th, 2008 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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Marja-Leena | 05/03/2008 | be the first to comment
themes: Print Triennials, Printmaking

 

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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Studio Art Print Sale

It's that time of year again, even at the Studio Art printmaking department at Capilano College! The ever-popular Annual Print Sale is tomorrow, featuring intaglio, relief, silk screen and digital prints created by students, Art Institute members and faculty... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/12/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Printmaking

 

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

 

another hand

Some readers may remember some of the collagraphs of my hands that I made earlier this year for an edition of one of the pieces in the series Silent Messengers: Writing-on-Stone. I'm now working on some new pieces and... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 17/10/2007 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking

 

Making an Impression


I'm very pleased to announce that I'm participating in 'Making an Impression: Invitational Printmaking Exhibition' at the Ferry Building Gallery

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Marja-Leena | 04/09/2007 | 8 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Being an Artist, Printmaking, Recent Exhibitions

 

documentation of work

One day last week, I took our SLR digital camera and tripod to the printmaking studio in order to do the photo documentation of my year's work. I'm an amateur photographer, so it's always an interesting challenge for me,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/03/2007 | 11 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photography, Printmaking

 

hands in rock art

Do you recall my handprints? As you know, they were inspired by many rock art hand paintings from around the world, such as those in Borneo. Well, I've just been peeking into the Bradshaw Foundation pages to see what's... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/03/2007 | 21 comments
themes: Printmaking, Rock Art & Archaeology

 

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

 

Tallinn's Print Triennial & Conference

Many printmakers may be aware that there is a call for entries to The 14th Tallinn Print Triennial in Estonia. The exhibition will be held 17 October - 27 November 2007. The deadline for the first stage of jurying... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/03/2007 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists, Print Triennials, Printmaking

 

my Monday

After breakfast, I took my tea with me and sat down at my computer to read emails, some news and a few blogs, as I usually do most mornings if I don't leave the house early for the printmaking... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/02/2007 | 15 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Home, Printmaking

 

handprints

Moving on from my initial studies of hands by way of scanning, I played around with ways of taking an impression of my hands. I decided to try making collagraphs using acrylic medium on matcard pieces. I applied the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/02/2007 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking

 

Dream Anatomy

I wish you many new successes, new joys, good health, peace and contentment, and abundant creativity. Hauskaa Uutta Vuotta! Bonne année! Allen ein frohes Neues Jahr! Happy New Year! Aboriginal "x-ray style" figure. Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/01/2007 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, History, 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

 

print sale '06

The Studio Art printmaking department at Capilano College is holding their always popular Annual Print Sale, featuring intaglio, relief, silk screen and digital prints created by first and second year students, by artists in the Art Institute and faculty... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Peter Frey exhibition

I am very pleased to introduce friend and fellow-printmaker Peter Frey. Peter is presenting Threads and Fissures, an exhibition of his photographs and prints at the Capilano College Studio Art Gallery. Opening reception: Thursday, November 9th, 4pm - 7... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/11/2006 | 9 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

November

November is here. You can tell by the weather, the heavy heavy rainfalls, the wind, the dark and gloomy days. Indoors never felt so good. Turning inward means that my art work is continuing to develop in an interesting... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/11/2006 | 12 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Films, Printmaking

 

The Relief Print

This composite image of Earth at night was assembled from data acquired by the NASA-NOAA Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite in April and October 2012. Gravity by Shinsuke Minegushi, woodcut & wood engraving, 30 cm x 81 cm., 2000... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/11/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, 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

 

exhibition reminder

Blue Print, 2006, woodcut & lithography by Shinsuke Minegishi (Canada) A reminder about an exhibition I wrote about before: Re-Identification, the travelling exhibition of prints from Japan, the Netherlands and Vancouver is moving to North Vancouver's Capilano College Studio... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 15/10/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, 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

 

Eastcott/Suzuki at Bellevue

INTERCONNNECTION, Wayne Eastcott and Michiko Suzuki's collaborative printmaking project is opening in Bellevue Gallery next week. This is a recently opened new gallery that is celebrating its grand opening with this exhibition, to be introduced by renowned Canadian artist... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/09/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Re-identification

This collaborative exhibition features contemporary works on paper from three printmaking studios: Malaspina Printmakers in Vancouver, Canada; Shin-Yokohama Printmakers Association in Yokohama, Japan; and Grafisch Atelier Utrecht in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

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Marja-Leena | 07/09/2006 | 5 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Printmaking

 

woodblock printmaking

Image of woodblock from wikipedia Some months ago I wrote about a demonstration of Japanese woodblock printing by Tae-Huk Kim. Now I'm pleased to see that Printfreak has posted a video of the process, that looks very similar to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/07/2006 | 3 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

BIMPE IV

Vancouver's very own international print biennial, BIMPE is a miniature print competition held every 2 years...BIMPE IV's Opening Reception is at 6 pm, Friday, June 9th, 2006...

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Marja-Leena | 06/06/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Printmaking

 

Kathan Brown

This is very interesting for printmakers and other artists! Artist-blogger Gregg Chadwick at Speed of Life has written: "Kathan Brown, the founder of San Francisco's Crown Point Press, has a new book out - "Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively:... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/04/2006 | 4 comments
themes: Books, Other artists, Printmaking

 

RETURN

(left) Hannamari Jalovaara: Identical Witness intaglio 30 x 60 cm. (right) Taiga Chiba: My Return to the Cambrian Sea-16 monotype 52 x 77cm. RETURN is an exhibition of etchings and monotypes by Hannamari Jalovaara and Taiga Chiba at Malaspina... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/03/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

troubles and treats

Saturday morning I had a major shock on opening my blog and finding a commercial page on it and my own contents gone! It's been hacked and stolen, I think! My email was also down, though the alternates on different... [Continue Reading...]

Made In India

Another exhibition by the very busy printmakers Tomoyo Ihaya and Taiga Chiba is opening this week at Dundarave Print Work Shop Gallery,1640 Johnston Street, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC. The exhibition is on from March 17 to April 9, 2006,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/03/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

30 x 30 print show

Gerri York: Phosphor endure 2005 Digital print, etching and chine collé 15cm X 15cm (about 12" x 12") Photo: D. Martens This sounds like a very interesting contemporary print exhibition by Vancouver area artists that I don't want to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/03/2006 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Printmaking

 

Krakow Print Triennial 2006

International Print Triennial Krakow Poland is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of its founding this year. I've mentioned this international print triennial several times before as one of the top ones in the world. It is notable for the numerous... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/02/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Print Triennials, Printmaking

 

Japanese woodblock printing

A few days ago, Tae-Huk Kim, our artist-in-residence from Korea, gave us an excellent demonstration of traditional Japanese woodblock printing. This is the technique he uses for making his contemporary woodcuts. Several woodblocks are made, usually one for each... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/02/2006 | 7 comments
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists, Printmaking

 

Tae-Huk Kim exhibition

Regular readers may recall my post about our print studio's artist-in-residence Tae-Huk Kim. Since his arrival in November, Kim has been busy making new woodcut prints using traditional Japanese water-based woodblock techniques. Next week he will be giving a... [Continue Reading...]

Silent Messengers

The photos of the first ten printworks from the Silent Messengers series have now been completely uploaded here, including the updates of Silent Messengers: Hoodoos I to III. To view these and other works just visit "Print Series" over near the top of the left bar and click on the series you'd like to view. I hope you enjoy them.

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Marja-Leena | 18/01/2006 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking

 

Tae-Huk Kim

Tae-Huk Kim - Photo by Robert Jackson The Art Institute Printmaking studio at Capilano University is very fortunate to have Tae-Huk Kim as artist-in-residence for six months. Kim, as we call him, is a native of Korea who has... [Continue Reading...]

progress

Can you believe it's November already? What a busy and creative fall I'm having, with great progress on the list of things to do for my exhibition, which opens two weeks tonight! The new works are almost done. Silent... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/11/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Printmaking

 

Tomoyo Ihaya & Helen Gerritzen

R E C E N T WO R K S by Tomoyo Ihaya & Helen Gerritzen November 1 - 27, 2005 Opening reception: Thursday, November 3, 7 - 9 pm at Malaspina Printmakers Gallery 1555 Duranleau Street, Granville Island,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/10/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Prior Editions: 10 Years

Jardin Noir IV (detail), Jack Shadbolt lithograph on paper 88.9 x 68.6cm, 1994, private collection Prior Editions: 10 Years of Canadian Printmaking, curated by Darrin Martins, is still on until October 30, 2005 at the Burnaby Art Gallery, in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/10/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, 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

 

Dan Steeves

Dan Steeves is presenting a series of printworks 'The House as Fortress, the dichotomy of symbolic structure' at The Lookout Gallery, Regent College, at UBC, Vancouver until October 14th. Yesterday we were pleased to have artist Dan Steeves visit... [Continue Reading...]

Holman's Graphic Art

Mary K. Okheena Shaman Dances to Northern Lights 1991 stencil on paper, PWP 1/3 56.3 x 76.1 cm Collection of The Winnipeg Art Gallery I've been exploring this site with much pleasure: Holman: Forty Years of Graphic Art. Holman... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/08/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Culture, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Kiki Smith revisited

Kiki Smith Jewel (#2), 2004 etching 14 x 17 inches (from Barbara Krakow Gallery) I love Kiki Smith's work and have mentioned her several times in my blog, most importantly the MOMA video presentation on her printmaking. Today, thanks... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 11/08/2005 | 7 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

welcome

Welcome to newly launched Printmakingblog! It is written by Dean Clark, who introduced himself in a comment on my post about new printmaker blogs. Dean is the president of Graphic Chemical & Ink Company, a major printmaking supplier in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 29/07/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Printmaking

 

green prints and more

I've been browsing through Cedric Green's website. Green is an artist/printmaker who has carried out research into safer methods of making prints and eliminating the toxic acids and solvents traditionally used. He has revived some 19th century electrolytic methods for... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Concepts, Printmaking

 

Graphica Creativa

Graphica Creativa is the second oldest international printmaking exhibition in the Nordic countries. It is arranged in Jyväskylä, Finland every third year. Thanks to Graphica Creativa, Jyväskylä has become a centre of printmaking. A few days ago its 30 Years... [Continue Reading...]

virtual conversations

It's almost 1:00 am, and I'm up after two hours of trying unsuccessfully to fall asleep. These bouts of insomnia come and go, so I accept it and indulge in a cup of herbal tea, some reading and making notes.... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 06/07/2005 | 4 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Printmaking

 

more printmaking blogs

Wow, this is why I love blogging! It is fascinating hearing from people around the world, that I'd never meet otherwise, whether they send an email through this blog or post a comment directly. And I'm particularly excited to... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/07/2005 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

art and social conscience

Otto Dix. The War II/2: Shock Troop Advancing under Gas Attack. (1924). Etching, aquatint and drypoint from MoMA Collection. (May not be in Neue Gallery exhibition) Artist-blogger Mark Vallen writes about "arts and culture, with an emphasis on socially... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/06/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Printmaking

 

new printmaking blogs

A warm welcome to new printmaker blogger Printfreak, a graduate student in the US. Amongst other things, she has been writing about well-known printmakers Mauricio Lasansky, Stanley Hayter, Kiki Smith and some interesting artists new to me. Printfreak also... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/06/2005 | 3 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Tomoyo Ihaya at SNAP

This email recently came from Tomoyo, who just finished an exhibition in Vancouver: "hello, everyone. Spring in vancouver and semi-spring in Edmonton.. I came to edmonton hopefully to see beavers, buffalos and water.. Please come by to see the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 18/03/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Duet: Taiga Chiba & Eunjin Kim

DUET, an exhibition of collaborative prints by Taiga Chiba and Eunjin Kim will be presented at Dundarave Print Workshop March 10 to April 3, 2005. The opening is from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm on March 10th. If you... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/03/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Prints from St. Michael's Printshop

Today we finally made it out to see the touring exhibition 'The Power of Place - 30 Years of Printmaking in Newfoundland' at the Burnaby Art Gallery. Some weeks ago I wrote about this in some detail - if... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/02/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Chinese woodcuts

Mother by Xiang Silou Chinese Printmaking Today - Woodblock Printing in China 1980 - 2000 Woodblock printing has a long and distinguished history in China, where printing was invented about 1500 years ago. This exhibition shows how contemporary artists... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/02/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Printmaking

 

exhibiting in Hungary

Many printmakers around the world have developed a strong sense of community that is enhanced in part by their participation in some of the many international juried print biennials and triennials. One of the best and largest is the... [Continue Reading...]

Prints from Newfoundland

Guide and Protector of All the Children (detail), Jerry Evans, lithograph, 2000 (scanned from Burnaby Art Gallery invitation) The Burnaby Art Gallery has been featuring quite a few print exhibitions this past year and this one sounds the most... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/01/2005 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Tomoyo Ihaya

Art Beatus is presenting Fountain, a special collection of prints and mixed media works by Tomoyo Ihaya from January 14 to March 11, 2005. The opening reception is on Friday, January 14th from 3 to 6 pm. in the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/01/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

a printmaker's blog

This is why I don't want to shut off the comments against nasty spammers. Recently Linden Langdon, a new visitor to my blog, wrote in a comment. I am excited because she is also a printmaker who has a... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 10/12/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Being an Artist, Other artists, Printmaking

 

William Blake

William Blake (1757-1827) "was an artisan in the truest sense: his craftsmanship played a role in every creative aspect of his poetic and prose works. William Blake thought, wrote, prepared, designed, engraved, and printed all pieces his name would... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/12/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Taiga Chiba at Baker Lake

Mark your calendars. Master printmaker Taiga Chiba will discuss his experiences teaching printing techniques to Inuit artists in the Canadian North. A slide presentation will be followed by a guided tour of the exhibition Experimental Prints from Baker Lake. This... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/12/2004 | 6 comments
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Steven Dixon

Steven Dixon: Mine Site No. 17 photogravure 58 x 70 cm Master printer, teacher and friend Steven Dixon just let me know that some of his photogravure prints are on exhibition at Lando Gallery in Edmonton, Alberta until December... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/12/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

Annual Print Sale

The Studio Art printmaking department at Capilano College is holding their always popular Annual Print Sale, featuring intaglio, relief, silk screen and digital prints created by students and faculty members in the Studio Art program. Do come and support... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 30/11/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Printmaking

 

monotypes and monoprints

Some of my work in the Veils Suite, such as Child's Play II, Child's Play III & Child's Play IV are made using a printmaking technique called monotype. The monotype is a singular and unique print that takes its... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 16/11/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Printmaking, Veils Suite

 

Jean Morrison & Setsuko Piroche

Artists Jean Morrison and Setsuko Piroche invite you to their exhibition of print media and objects entitled "the diverse earth". The opening reception is on Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. The exhibition runs from Nov.15... [Continue Reading...]

Burnaby Art Gallery exhibitions

Diagram Lambda, Wayne Eastcott, serigraph. City of Burnaby Permanent Art Collection. The Burnaby Art Gallery features two interesting exhibitions. 1. A Survey of British Columbia Printmaking - November 9, 2004-January 2, 2005 From the invitation (links added by me):... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/11/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

collagraphs

What is a collagraph?

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Marja-Leena | 23/10/2004 | 7 comments
themes: Dreams, Printmaking, Printworks

 

Pressure Points exhibition

As a printmaker, I'm always interested in seeing other artists' prints and in promoting printmaking. I think it's a wonderful, though still under-utilized, service when museums and galleries offer good online exhibitions for those of us unable to attend... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/10/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Printmaking

 

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

 

man and beast engravings

Eliane at Sellotape Files pointed to Bezembinder who has featured a gorgeous online version of Le Brun's System on Physiognomy by Morel d'Arleux (after Charles Le Brun). "The present exhibition concerns a rare and astonishing album of engravings first... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/09/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Books, 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...]

Printmaking and Granville Island

It's now raining hard in Vancouver at long last after a hot dry summer and instead of outside work, I suddenly have some free time to blog. Malaspina Printmakers is the subject of a review: Freedom Of The Press... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 21/08/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Canada and BC, Culture, Printmaking

 

Print Exhibition in Philadelphia

Libby of Roberta & Libby's artblog raves about an unusual print exhibition at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia: "Several Steps Removed" is so terrrific and I have to share it. It's all prints and plates or other matrixes... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 20/07/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Original Prints vs. Reproductions

The Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art's online Canadian Art Database includes a section on Printmaking, where I found a good explanation of the difference between an original print and a reproduction, something that is still confusing to many people,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/06/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Printmaking

 

alphabet books

Abecedarium is an online exhibit of lovely hand-made alphabet books by the Guild of Book Workers. "Given only the 'alphabet' theme, each participant has created a unique interpretation of the letterform, delivering two- and three-dimensional works in a plethora... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 14/06/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Books, Printmaking

 

Photo-based print show

Here's another printmaking exhibition I've just read about in Art Daily : Photo Image in American Prints: 1960s-1990s at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, until 18 July 2004. "The diverse range of styles and viewpoints of over... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 08/06/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Printmaking

 

The Unfinished Print

Art Daily reports: "For the first time in its history, The Frick Collection (in New York) will host a major special exhibition this summer that is devoted solely to prints and the process of printmaking. This special presentation poses... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 03/06/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Printmaking

 

Meta-morphosis I


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Marja-Leena | 28/05/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Meta-morphosis, Printmaking, Printworks

 

Japanese prints

Yesterday I wrote about the Bayly Art Museum exhibition The Power of Woe, The Power of Life. Another fascinating print exhibition at Bayly is Universes in Collision: 19th Century Japanese Prints, again showing a large number of images. Curator... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Printmaking

 

women in prints

The Bayly Art Museum, at the University of Virginia, has published online a wonderful exhibition called "The Power of Woe, The Power of Life" - " Images of Women in Prints from the Renaissance to the Present". It takes... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 26/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Other artists, Printmaking

 

print show in Seattle

SUPER-SIZED: the BIG print show featuring works by Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Graham Gillmore (from BC, Canada), Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Motherwell, William Kentridge, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Kiki Smith and others, will be at the Greg Kucera Gallery in... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 07/05/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Krakow Triennial winners

Speaking of award-winning printmakers, here are some more that I'd like to tell you about. As I have written before, the Krakow Print Triennial in Poland is one of the world's largest and most prestigious international print competitions. They publish... [Continue Reading...]

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

 

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

 

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...]

Jim Dine

Found this on Art Daily: First Survey of Jim Dine at National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC Leading American artist Jim Dine's groundbreaking achievements as a draftsman beginning around 1970 are featured in Drawings of Jim Dine at the... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 27/03/2004 | 1 comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Kiki Smith at MoMA

In my blogstrolls, I discovered this treasure on MoMA's site: Kiki Smith: Prints, Books, and Things. Take a look at the neat website with the videos displaying the actual printing process! "Kiki Smith (American, born Germany, 1954) is among... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/03/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Print Exhibition in Grand Forks

"The Art Institute at Capilano College: Celebrating 20 Years of Printmaking" This exhibition of prints is currently on at the Grand Forks Art Gallery, in the city of Grand Forks, BC. For the past twenty years The Art Institute... [Continue Reading...]

more on prints

In yesterday's entry What is a Print?, I asked for suggestions from readers for any good online lists of printmaking techniques. Thanks to Jason DeFontes for responding with a link to Pace Prints' list. Addendum (Mar.25): See also Spencer Museum's... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 23/03/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Printmaking, Tools and technology

 

What is a print?

I have been searching online for some years for a good list of definitions of the many different types of printmaking, for the benefit of viewers unfamiliar with prints. None seem quite satisfactory, often covering older techniques and not... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 22/03/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Printmaking, Tools and technology

 

Mohsen Khalili's monoprints

Today I happened to meet Mohsen at the studio and we showed each other our websites. I have seen him at work on his monoprints but he also does paintings and sculpture. To me, his monoprints are very moving,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/03/2004 | 3 comments
themes: Art Institute (Printmaking), Other artists, Printmaking

 

Exhibition: Bob Steele - 50 years of Printmaking

Burnaby Art Gallery has an exhibition of prints by Bob Steele, a major Canadian printmaker. He is Professor Emeritus in Art Education in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. Steele's work has won awards and been exhibited... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 24/02/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

Krakow Triennial exhibition in Oldenburg, Germany

I have just received word from Krakow, Poland that some of my prints* will be in an exhibition at the Horst Janssen Museum in Oldenburg, Germany, opening March 14, 2004 until June 13, 2004. Apart from its main programme,... [Continue Reading...]

A photogravure exhibition: Steven Dixon

Steven Dixon, one of the three artists in our Traces exhibition in Finland, is having an exhibition of his photogravures opening at the SNAP Gallery. This is a gallery run by the Society of North Alberta Print-Artists in Edmonton,... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 09/02/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking

 

"Traces" Exhibition in Finland

In May & June 2002, I had the great pleasure of having an exhibition called Traces with friends and colleagues Bonnie Jordan and Steven Dixon at the Pohjanmaan Museum's Taidehalli in Vaasa, Finland. Please look at: TRACES, my site... [Continue Reading...]

International print competitions

The wonderful thing about prints on paper is how easy it is to roll them up into a mailing tube and send them off to various international print competitions around the world. The Krakow Print Triennial is an excellent... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 05/01/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Print Triennials, Printmaking

 

About Techniques

A. experimenting with 1. digital inkjet printing in combination with etchings 2. digital inkjet printing on different materials in layers 3. digital inkjet printing on art papers B. previous work: 1. deep etching 2. photo etching, using digital inkjet transparencies... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 02/01/2004 | be the first to comment
themes: Printmaking, Tools and technology