Learn how to achieve complex colors in a woodblock image with perfect registration through reduction and multiple block printing. This workshop invites artists and printmakers to explore Western and Eastern approaches to carving woodblocks. At its most basic, relief printing is inking the high areas of a matrix and pressing firmly against paper, creating an image. However, through the investigation of color opacity, transparency, layering, texture and form, this seemingly simple technique can be made complex.
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Participants learn traditional and experimental carving sequences and kento registration methods to create multiple and reductive layers. Students use woodblocks as the matrices for this course and print with oil-based inks.
Technical information is provided through hands-on demonstrations, followed by time for students to work in the studio. Informal group feedback is facilitated and individual instruction is provided. The beginning of the week focuses on developing skills through specific projects, shifting later in the week to personal projects.
Katie Baldwin produces artist books and prints under Queen Anne’s Revenge Press. In 2004, she was one of seven artists selected to learn traditional Japanese woodblock printing (mokuhanga) at the Nagasawa residency on Awaji Island, Japan. Katie is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama, Huntsville.