Print run

One week after I finished my extended printing sessions at Megalo and I’m still feeling physically exhausted. I need some time and space to gather my thoughts on what I have done.

There was lots of energy generated working alongside other printers. The development ideas over a period of weeks was a very powerful experience.

Considering the energy I found it may not be surprising that one of the images that came to me was a burning sun – or maybe that was due to watching Stephen Hawking’s documentary series on over the same period on SBS.

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Intense print – 8 June 2011

Three days into an intensive session of printing at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery. Preparation for a group exhibition later this year.

The blind stitching I’ve been doing onto cardboard has proved a valuable source material for my explorations.

 

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This is a monoprint using some of my blind stitching works.

The same pieces of work can also be used to make a texture on a screen, using techniques from a workshop I recently took with American textile artist Kerr Grabowski on deconstructed screen printing.

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Inspiration and response

A woodblock printing workshop with Mr Tatsuya Ito at Megalo print studio + gallery in March encouraged me to re-look at one of the most famous woodblock series printed in Japan, the One Hundred Famous Views of Edo. The Brooklyn Museum has a full set of the prints accessible on their website. What is even better is that you can zoom in and look at the details of each print. I became intrigued with the fireworks depicted in the top right hand corner of this print.

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Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Fireworks at Ryogoku (Ryogoku Hanabi), No. 98 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 8th month of 1858. Woodblock print, Sheet: 14 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (36.2 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.98

My first response was a pencil version

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and today I made a stitched version

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