Wood Ink Fiber

"WOOD/INK/FIBER", is Donkey Mill's first biennial statewide juried exhibition. I am proud to announce that one of my prints from the Fertile Gamble series will be in the show.

The opening reception and presentation of awards of excellence will be on Friday, May 6 from 6pm - 8pm. The exhibition, juried by artist John Buck, is on view in Holualoa from May 6 - July 9, 2016.

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Ryan and Tina UHM printmaking residency


Ryan Bavin of Bavin Glassworks is a glass artist and photographer who is based in Invermere, British Columbia. Ryan and his wife Tina came to the University of Hawaii at Manoa for a two week printmaking residency in Stone Lithography.

Ryan and Tina were new to lithography when they first arrived, and I was lucky enough to be the person who introduced the process/es of stone lithography to them. As the printmaking studio manager, part of my duty is to work with the visiting artists and make sure that they have a good experience during their residency. Ryan and Tina were both such quick learners that by day 3, they were able to etch and print their stones without much my assistance.

During the first two days of intensive introduction, we covered stone graining, the different drawing materials (how to use them, read them and etch them), counteretching for further additions and printing. Aside from stone lithography, they were also exposed to polyester plate lithography (aka smart plate/ pronto plate).

Both Ryan and Tina made amazing prints during their residency and is planning to return to the University for a second residency in 2019.

Ryan and Tina using the hand fan after graining

Ryan and Tina using the hand fan after graining

Ryan and Tina printing their stones

Ryan and Tina printing their stones

Extra lesson in polyester plate printing

Extra lesson in polyester plate printing

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Tina’s (manner noir + crayon) work in progress.

Fourth National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibition

Date: April 6, 2016 – May 7, 2016
Location: Attleboro Arts Museum

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat. 10 am-5 pm

The Fourth National Monotype/Monoprint Juried exhibition showcases various monoprint and monotype techniques used in contemporary printmaking. I am honored to be a part of this years exhibition with some of my own print heros! The exhibition is juried by Andrew Stevens, Curator of the Collection of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Chazen Museum at the University of Wisconsin.

Andrea Dezsö

The University of Hawai`i at Manoa had the honor to host the very talented, Andrea Dezsö during her residency from March 14th to 18th, 2016.

Her residency coincided with the exhibition SELECTIONS FROM THE COLLECTION OF ARM AND ROLLER PRESS, where four of her vitreograph blind prints were displayed.

Andrea Dezsö (Artist), Yoshimi Teh (Printer), Eric Cabato (Printer's Assistant)

Andrea Dezsö (Artist), Yoshimi Teh (Printer), Eric Cabato (Printer's Assistant)

Arm and Roller Press is the collaborative printing arm of Charles Cohan, professor of art at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, also my mentor and boss. As a fine art printer for artists since 1990, Arm and Roller Press has accumulated a diverse collection through the production of numerous projects for various artists during the past 25 years. Arm and Roller Press also represents a collection of over 1000 prints, artists’ books, and printed ephemera that have been assembled through collaborative exchange folios and cooperative projects.

Selections from the Collection of Arm and Roller Press will highlight approximately 60 prints from artists working in North and South America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and provide a glimpse into the global range of traditional printmaking practices of the past 25 years. Intersections Visiting Artist Andrea Dezsö’s work is included in this exhibition.

During her week long residency, she worked on four stone lithographs ranging from small to large, printed by yours truly.

Find out where you can find Andrea Dezsö’s stone lithographs HERE.

Mokulito by Jenny Sanzaro-Nishimura

The printmaking studio at University of Hawai'i at Manoa had the pleasure to host visiting artist, Jenny Sanzaro-Nishimura during her residency from the 10th to 28th Febuary, 2016.

Jenny, who teaches at Queensland College of Art, demonstrated the mokulito printmaking process at the University and the Honolulu Printmakers during her residency at the University of Hawai'i printmaking studio.

Mokulito is also known as wood lithography, where the process is basically the same as stone lithography except instead of limestone, a wood block is used as the matrix.

Lithographs by Motoda Hisaharu

In conjunction with the exhibition Hiroshige’s City: From Edo to Tokyo, in which his artwork is displayed, the lithography artist Motoda Hisaharu visits the Honolulu Museum of Art School for a week-long residency.

The public is invited to see the artist in action at these times: Feb 8–15, 10am–noon, Honolulu Museum of Art School Print Studio.

During Motoda Hisaharu's residency, I was in charge of assisting him in preparing, processing and printing his aluminum plate lithographs, as well as translate for the public and Motoda-sensei.

Motoda Hisaharu working on his Waikiki aluminum plate. (Image taken by Honolulu Museum)

Motoda Hisaharu working on his Waikiki aluminum plate. (Image taken by Honolulu Museum)

Some of Motoda Hisaharu's prints laid out for the public. (Image by Stephen Salel, assistant curator of Japanese Art at Honolulu Museum)

Some of Motoda Hisaharu's prints laid out for the public. (Image by Stephen Salel, assistant curator of Japanese Art at Honolulu Museum)

Hiroki Morinoue at Honolulu Museum of Art

It was an honor to be able to assist the one and only, Hiroki Morinoue at a private event in Honolulu Museum. The opportunity was given to me by Duncan Dempster from the Honolulu Printmakers. 

Upon his arrival, we started unloading, unpacking and got ready for the demo that evening. Soon after, Hiroki sensei started his printing demo while explaining to me the water based woodblock printing processes. Towards the end of the event, Hiroki sensei needed to rest and catch up with his friends so I took over his zabuton and printed.

Bisymmetric intaglio printing to bysymmetric collagraph printing

Koichi Yamamoto stopped by Honolulu Printmakers on Sunday, January 17th, 6-9pm for a free demo of his bisymmetric intaglio printing technique.

He stopped by my workplace at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa printmaking studio the next day to view my work and encouraged me to apply for the MFA program in University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he teaches. I agreed and was admitted, but that's another story.

We have been exchanging emails ever since regarding new works we are producing, one in particular was the extension of the bisymmetric intaglio printing process. I experimented after his departure from Honolulu and found out that collagraph works wonders with the bisymmetric process. Here are some examples of my experiments:-

Since then, Charles Cohan, professor of printmaking at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa and Koichi Yamamoto from University of Tennessee at Knoxville have incorporated the bisymmetric collagraph printing to their class projects.

"Dirty Fingers" by Matthew Newkirk

The opening of Dirty Fingers will be on November 27th (Fri) from 6 - 10pm, an exhibition of traditional printmaking with a dark twist. The exhibition will be held at LoveLove Studios, 25 Railway TCE, Milton.

This exhibition includes over 25 local and international artists.

I was ecstatic to hear that my print was selected by Matthew Newkirk as the exhibition announcement image. 

Exhibition Announcement by Matthew Newkirk. (Image: lithograph by Yoshimi The)

Exhibition Announcement by Matthew Newkirk.
(Image: lithograph by Yoshimi The)

"suspension" by Yoshimi Teh / Chiho Ushio

Image by Brue Bar staff

Image by Brue Bar staff

Come one, come all! 

Brue Bar and Honolulu Printmakers present "suspension", a two person print show featuring Yoshimi Teh and Chiho Ushio.

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, June 10th, 5:00-7:00pm
Brue Bar, 119 Merchant Street, Ground Floor

YOSHIMI TEH and CHIHO USHIO are artists and printmakers who were both born in Japan and currently reside in Honolulu. Teh's works often include sand in her processes and Ushio's relates to water. The title of the exhibit is a reference to the mixture of two substances in chemistry. 

Stencil Monoprint by Yoshimi Teh (left), Woodblock print by Chiho Ushio (right)

Stencil Monoprint by Yoshimi Teh (left), Woodblock print by Chiho Ushio (right)