Collagraph is an amazingly versatile printmaking process, based on the construction of a collaged matrix to provide a printable plate. A wide range of materials and textured surfaces such as fabric, leaves, sand and other found materials can be used in the plate-making process. Plates can be printed as intaglio or relief images, or as combinations of the two, leading to prints of astounding richness and strength.
This intriguing process creates a wide array of different effects and the use of diverse materials gives great variation in texture. The result is often unpredictable, rewarding the artist with an inspirational surprise. No prerequisite required. All levels are welcome. Enrollment is limited to 10 students.
Tomoko Murakami is a multi disciplinary artist who explores the medium of printmaking as a multi-dimensional art form, bringing attention to new possibilities in the mixed media art world). She received her MFA in printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute and MA in Transformative Arts from John F. Kennedy University. She is a recipient of the 1992 Kala Art Institute Fellowship and 2008 Susan Boulet Award. Her work has been presented by Gloria Delson Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Gallery on the Rim in San Francisco, Tomura Gallery in Tokyo, Richmond Art Center, and Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Currently, she teaches at CCA, and NIAD Art Center. http://www.mayu-art.com