For our October TD Community Sunday, we were joined by artist Alexa Hatanaka for a workshop demonstrating relief printmaking. Relief printmaking is the process of cutting or etching into a printing surface. Once the surface is inked and paper is laid on top, the non-cut areas will leave ink on the paper, whereas the cut areas will not.
Hatanaka engages with traditional Japanese printmaking processes and techniques. The workshop shows participants some of these techniques that Alexa employs in her current practice, and specifically in MOCA’s exhibition Greater Toronto Art 2021.
In this virtual workshop, participants can follow along or observe all of the steps involved in creating a relief print using either linoleum or wood. The demonstration involves hand-painting without a press, and includes tutorials on carving with different tools and surfaces, paper handling and registration, oil-based inking, and printing by hand using a baren and spoon.
This event takes place on TD Community Sunday.
TD Community Sundays are made possible through TD Community Sundays by TD Bank Group through its corporate citizenship platform TD Ready Commitment.
MOCA thanks Ontario Trillium Foundation for their support of our Public Programmes and Learning Initiatives.
Image credits: Alexa Hatanaka, Arianna Behan