in the printshop

Detail from Silent Messengers: Hoodoos II

For the past week I’ve been happily back at the printmaking studio, my home away from home sometimes it seems. A new season always means new people and a new energy that I enjoy. We’re all pleased to have Michiko Suzuki back as artist-in-residence, continuing the collaboration with Wayne Eastcott. Wayne and Michiko had a very successful exhibition in June in Tokyo that I look forward to writing about in some detail soon.

After a summer hiatus it always seems to take a little time for most of us to get a momentum going on our projects, particularly the new people as they familiarize themselves with the shop and learn some printmaking techniques if they are new to the medium. I get into a creative mental space by looking over my sketchbook, notes, photos as well some of my last work as I plan new prints for my ongoing Silent Messengers series. An exciting incentive for me right now is a solo exhibition in November to prepare for, and I will be writing about that as well this fall.

Later today we have a visiting printmaker from New Brunswick coming in to talk about his work while he’s in town for his exhibition – watch for my next post on that.

September 15, 2005 in Art Institute (Printmaking), Being an Artist by Marja-Leena