hello and welcome to the 21st century!
some of you have been here for 9 and a half years but i just arrived: i have a website. well actually it's been there in it's skeleton form for a while but i just fleshed it out.
here are a few images of the making of the opening image for my website and my new blog banner. i learnt how to make kamihanga (paper prints or collagraphs)from aki matsumoto a few weeks ago, you can see some photos of our little workshop here and here. aki makes really beautiful work using this technique which you can see towards the end of this post or on my flickr, a lot of her work reminds of of old japanese children's book illustrations. she very generously set up a workshop in her lounge room with all the tools laid out ready and let us all have a go on her fabulous rolling press which she has set up at the window so when you turn the wheel you feel like the skipper of a boat; a really big apartment-building-shaped boat.
it's a really nice process; fast, simple and intuitive so i was keen to give it a go. i used gocco ink and a baren instead of etching ink and a press. i'll upload a few more pictures to my flickr because it was also just such a pretty process - i like the paper tools themselves as much as the prints i made off them.