BECOMING MADE
The Artist and a Japanese Woodblock Print
BECOMING MADE
The Artist and a Japanese Woodblock Print
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About

Contemplative Picture Gardens

Nature inspired woodblock prints for those who value elegant design, the warmth of the handmade, and the restorative power of art.

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Thank you so much for your interest in my work. There is never a time where I don’t look forward to being in my studio – where it is quiet, where I can concentrate without distraction, and where I am able to create in a spirit of contemplative calm. Making art is a meditative practice for me and is something that I simply must do in order to feel true to myself. I am probably not alone when I say that the process of making is as valuable as the end result – and I am always happy to share information about my process!

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I specialize in the rare Japanese tradition known as mokuhanga. Japan’s great love of nature and Zen-like aesthetics led me there to learn this timeless process from renowned Japanese printmaker, Yoshisuke Funasaka in 1998. Japanese woodblock printmaking embodies the perfect blend of design, craft, and expression for me. I enjoy working with my hands and with the materials of wood, paper, and watercolor inks that are unique to the Japanese technique. You can learn how to make these too at one of my upcoming workshops – check my out my events and classes page to learn more about course offerings.

Becoming Made Film

I believe in the creative spirit above everything else. This belief has allowed me to take risks and to learn new things. After dedicating 13 years to the Japanese woodblock printmaking process, I took a break from printmaking to learn something entirely new. From 2011 to 2014, I made my first documentary film, BECOMING MADE, about woodblock prints and the creative process. (To learn more about the film, please click here.) Now, I am making prints with renewed insight and a fresh approach.

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Are you interested in the creative process or learning more about how woodblock prints are made? Perhaps you seek to own one of my elegant and finely crafted original prints. Whatever the case, I will be happy to hear from you. You can also follow me on Facebook and Instagram – and watch my woodblock prints become made in real time.

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Thanks again for your interest in my work!


Career Highlights

Education

  • Masters Degree in Printmaking from Western Michigan University (MFA 1999)
  • Undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Michigan State University (BFA 1982)

Collections

  • Detroit Institute of Arts, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Muskegon Museum, Hunterdon Museum, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and numerous public and private collections around the world

Teaching

  • Visiting Scholar, Japan Center for Michigan Universities, Hikone, Japan (2006 & 2007)
  • Visiting artist and Mokuhanga workshop instructor in over 50 venues nationally (1999-present)

Special Projects 

  • Becoming Made documentary film (2011 – 2014)
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes Portfolio (2006-2008)
  • Reflections of Superior traveling exhibition (2002-2005)
  • East Meets West international print exchange (2002 – 2003)

Exhibitions of Woodblock Prints

  • Accepted into over 60 national competitions
  • 15 national awards
  • Participated in 50 joint or group show throughout Canada, Japan and the United States

Publications

  • Authored feature article in Journal of the Print World (June 2015)
  • Featured artist in The Georgia Review (Summer 2013)

Other Honors

  • Winner of the Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park (2016)
  • Award of Merit Special Mention, Best Shorts Competition (2015)
  • Invited to four Artist-In-Residency programs including Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Empire, MI (2006) and Isle Royale National Park (2000)
  • Recipient of six grants and one fellowship including the prestigious BUNKA-CHO Fellowship (1998)
  • Seven United States Patents on furniture designs for Haworth and Steelcase (1990-96).

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* Original Woodblock Prints * Guest Lecturer and Instructor * Documentary Film * Greeting Cards *
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