I spent the weekend doing a mokuhanga workshop with the wonderful Ros Kean. In a really packed few days we learned a basic printing technique, and lots of other things, like how to make a carrier brush, how to maintain your cutting tools, and lots of information about pigments and papers.
I really enjoyed the quiet process of making things from the natural materials around the studio, and the ceremony of attending to the tools. Perhaps I won’t pursue Mokuhanga itself, who knows how it will fit into my practice?
Here in FNQ for a residency with Inkmasters and the Tanks. I will pursue my own work, teach a workshop in monotype, do a demonstration in Encaustic for Printmakers and a short workshop for year 10’s at a local college.
Here in Cairns, nature is rampant! I get to go to the Botanical Gardens each day, and walk the boardwalk to the studio. Such a joy!
I recently attended a workshop at Bangalow with Jenny Sages. it was an opportunity to learn how Jenny does her wonderful works. It seems that those huge portraits are painted in oils on a wax ground, so they are not really encaustic paintings. The wax ground gives the paint a beautiful luminosity, and a kind of warmth to the skin tones which would be very difficult to achieve in any other way.
Here are some images from the workshop.
I’m busy planning a trip to the US next month to take a number of workshops in encaustic. Im going first to Wax Works West to do the R&F Advanced Teaching Workshop with Laura Moriarty, then having some time to do a bit of exploring of Northern California.
Then its off to Portland, Oregon, for a collagraph workshop with Elise Wagner, and finally to Santa Fe to do one of Paula Roland’s Mark Making Workshops. My friend Angela Noble is coming with me. I expect to come home exhausted but full of ideas. Any suggestions from readers for must see things in any of these places would be gratefully received!
I’m having problems uploading photos, so you will need to wait a bit to see the results of my day. My length of silk is dyed, and today I cut it and sewed it into a dress. Such an exciting process! Such a steep learning curve for me!
The die bath and some of the days results. Alchemy!