My favourite courses in university were the printmaking classes. I think it was the camaraderie of printmakers that drew me. i love painting and find a great deal of satisfaction in the process but I think that the physicality of printmaking (in particular lithography…loved to grind that stone…that sounds dirty but its not!) draws people out. A painting studio is quiet and encourages a quiet, library whisper type of atmosphere. I found printmakers loud and boisterous. At the time I was a shy and timid teenager but I was oddly drawn to the atmosphere of a printmaking studio.
But the type of printmaking that I learned in college (lithography and intaglio) requires a very specific type of studio that is expensive and ill suited to a home studio. I did dabble in lino cuts, collagraphs and monotypes but it never had the same power as a good lithograph for me.
But it’s been about 15 years since I set foot into a printmaking studio and I was so excited to see that one of the local artist collectives had organized a Printmaking workshop in Dawson Creek for the end of February. Victoria Edgarr is going to be running the workshop. While I don’t really feel the draw to her work I am hoping that she is a good teacher and that I will get something out of the workshop. I did like this image in particular