I recently found out that one of my prints was selected to be shown in the upcoming Awagami International Miniature Print Exhibition 2013 in the Hall of Awa Japanese Handmade Paper to be held in Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima, Japan. Nearly 1,000 prints from 39 countries were submitted to the (A.I.M.P.E.) The print I submitted was made with the pronto plate technique that was shown to me by Curtis Bartone during the printmaking workshop at Alberta Printmakers Society. (see previous post) After struggling with other images, this one seemed to work for me. It had enough black toner laid on the plate to pick up the litho ink and to print with the richness that I was looking for, however to increase the depth, I printed it twice, once on the support paper, and once on the thin semi-transparent Kinpai mulberry paper. By using the chine colle process of using a paste to glue the two together, the image came together with a slightly deeper richness and almost ghostly appearance.
Having this piece in the exhibition is such fun news, as this was said to be the birthplace of washi paper (the japanese word for the traditional papers made from the long inner fibers of three plants) and since nearly all of my prints use a type of mulberry paper it is quite fitting. I once attended a talk by Wendy Tokaryk, a printmaker living and working in Banff, who spoke about making some paper at the Awagami Paper Factory and you can visit some of her pictures here in her scrapbook section of her website. It is quite the process to make the paper and makes one appreciate the added beauty of a print using the paper even more.
One great reason to enter into a juried exhibit like this, is that you get to see the cream of the crop of printmakers rise to the top. I have discovered many new printmakers through these exhibitions, and this one in particular drew my attention to Alexandra Emberley. Perusing through her website you get lost in the gauzy images that are slightly haunting but certainly not disturbing. Her delicate and careful draughtsmanship is inspiring.
You can see some images of the prize winning prints here. Recently the organization just found a venue to exhibit all of the prints submitted, so I am sure that making visiting would be a real pleasure.