Woodblock printmaking is a meditative process for me. It helps me to slow down and take notice – promoting a state of focus and calm, a feeling of being at home.
People often comment that they are attracted to my work because of the mood it emotes. Others say they connect with my woodblock prints because of the places it might represent, or because of the colors.
Whatever has drawn you to my work, I’m glad you are here.
I learned the time-honored process of Japanese woodblock printmaking in Tokyo in 1998 and have been dedicated to these methods ever since.
This slow-going process from 17th century Japan allows me to feel more in tune with times past and present. It sometimes makes me think of our unique place in the whole universe, and I feel connected with a larger order.
I am honored to share my work and this message with you. Please browse my website and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.
I created these note cards in the spirit of spreading the joy of exchanging beautiful, touchable messages.
Available in 8 thematic volumes, each contains 8 digitally reproduced images of my original woodblock prints, tan envelopes, and envelope seals.
For the love of paper. For the love of writing. For the love of sharing. Available through this website and at select stores.
“To write is human, to receive a letter: divine!” ~Susan Lendroth
Originally trained in Industrial Design and employed as a furniture designer, I went back to college in my late 30’s to become a printmaker. While at the university, I was awarded a five-month-long fellowship to learn Japanese woodblock printmaking in Tokyo. My teacher was Yoshisuke Funasaka.
Through the woodblock medium, I make images of land, sea, and sky using a visual language of shapes, colors, and textures. When I’m not carving, printing or writing about my work, I’m likely hiking, biking, or skiing the wooded trails in my native state of Michigan (and beyond). But being from the Great Lakes region, my greatest passion is water – whether to be in it, on it, or to use as my muse.
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Mary Brodbeck’s original woodblock prints may be found in collections at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Muskegon Museum of Art, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, and in many other public and private holdings worldwide.
* Original Woodblock Prints * Guest Lecturer and Instructor * Documentary Film * Greeting Cards *
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