It has been a privilege to return to Mi-Lab - Kawaguchio for a second advanced residency, and to increase my knowledge of mokuhanga* and its possibilities within my practice. Using mokuhanga in a contemporary way has allowed me to explore news ways to print. The inspiration for my prints comes from nature's ever-changing moods especially when surrounded by mountains, clouds and water. I have used forms and colours to create a calm tension within this space. I print the same block many times, manipulating colour pigments and water to achieved this effortless emotion.
The artists and advisors here at Mi-Lab have provided an indept knowledge of mokuhanga and combined with the concentrated time for working has given me with extra confidence in this technique. It was important to do this work in Japan and experience the beauty and early morning that surrounded me each day.
* Mokuhanga – Japanese traditional woodblock printing