Marja-Leena Rathje
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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


scanning fun

            One day in the kitchen just after the holidays, I had the sudden urge to scan something that was on its way into the garbage. Here are a few of the images I captured. I bet... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 13/01/2010 | 7 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Textures, Tools and technology


a scan test

#1. Originally scanned at 300 dpi. #2. Originally scanned at 600 dpi. My last post on scanning certainly piqued the interest of several readers! I look forward to seeing the results of your play, everyone! Barrett tried it out... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 19/07/2008 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Blogging, Photography, Tools and technology


3D scanning techniques

    I love how blogging can foster some interesting conversations and connections, and sometimes give food for more blogging material. A few weeks ago, British blogger Barrett Bonden of Works Well expressed interest in the equipment I use in... [Continue Reading...]

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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a letter to a friend

Recently Beth wrote about e-mail being the death of letters, resulting in a loss of permanent records for posterity. It came to mind this morning while I was emailing a friend in a more than usual chatty fashion. I... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 04/10/2007 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Tools and technology



Brian Eno's 77 Million Paintings made me think of the wonderful hypnotic dancing colours, lines, dots, shapes that the 'visualizer' produces on this screen in response to music played in iTunes on my Mac.

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tidy up

a Hornby Island petroglyph

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Marja-Leena | 05/05/2006 | 8 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Photoworks, Rocks, Tools and technology


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...]

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...]



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Marja-Leena | 25/01/2006 | 10 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Nature, Photoworks, Tools and technology


"Massive Change" exhibition

Image Gallery - Actual photograph of installation in the Vancouver Art Gallery Photo: Robert Keziere/Vancouver Art Gallery I finally made it last week to the Vancouver Art Gallery's blockbuster exhibition Massive Change. (I'm embarrassed to admit that I left... [Continue Reading...]

Marja-Leena | 01/01/2005 | be the first to comment
themes: Art Exhibitions, Concepts, Tools and technology


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 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



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...]

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


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...]

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