My curiosity is a hungry beast

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I do not play because I struggle, but I struggle because I play. When did playing become easy? I think the answer is long time after we left the playground, and are being tricked by our selective memory. Playing means solving serious issues. Playing is the best base for learning. To achieve new knowledge we have to exceed our comfort …

Printing carborundum with chine collé

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  Making the plate is half way. Then comes the printing. I can imagine the plate coming out in a certain way, but during the process the most important is to be open. Focusing on what is ahead,  trusting the eye. That is where it is possible to make art based on a plate. chine collé papers are being prepared …

Printmaking is ruling when it comes to the big questions. 

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What is causing this seemingly unstoppable need for expressing myself visually? Well, we build upon a long tradition leading us back to the first traces of human art, on stones, in caves, and sculpted materials of humans. These paintings connected people. People believed in the power of making signs, that it could influence their lives. Today we have the explanations …

COMMUNICATING WITH THE PLATE

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It was like hitting the wall. I was surfing safely on the wave, creating one print or more a day, sturdy and happy. And then I hit the wall. I was totally unprepared. I had become confident on “how to” in this series of monoprints, and suddenly I did not find the tone. I struggled with the composition, and the …

Ferdinand Thepress is up and running!

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In my last post my new press Ferdinand was ready for his life´s journey, from Barcelona to Bergen. He arrived in the beginning of July. It was like meeting up with an old friend, and we started our cooperation straight away, – but after the ceremony of course. It was a touching moment when we listened to the national anthem …

Exploring mokulito

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  Four weeks at Art Print Residence seems like an ocean of time, but suddenly I am half ways. I throw myself into the mokulito adventure – again (see more about mokulito in my last post). After finishing the motive, the plate will have to dry, before it is covered with gum arabic. And then it depends on the humidity. Is it …

Mokulito – a non-stop-printing-circus

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Mokulito is based on the principles of lithography, but the stone is replaced by a plywood plate. It was discovered by Japanese professor Seishi Ozaku in the 1970s, and further developed by polish professor in lithography Josef Budka and his daughter Ewa Budka, who also is a printmaker.  She has been teaching the technique to classes at Art Print Studio, and now Ariadna …

The winding road to a finished print.

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There are so many choices to be taken before a print is done. Often I spend days just preparing bits and pieces of Japanese papers to be used for chine collé, without using them…until later. I paint, twist and fold, or I punch and burn them. Sometimes I can tell immediately that this little piece is just what I need …

Pulling a print

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Making one of a kind prints is an intense process. Sometimes the picture is created on the surface, by working in the ink. Other times I am using drypoint, collagraph and chine collé, or a combination, like here. The plates can be turned around, and printed on top of each other, each choice giving several new possibilities. Or as here, I …