Printing a Woodblock

Earlier this year I started a new project to make a series of woodblock prints depicting urban landscapes all featuring basketball courts in London. Here’s a video I made which explores the process;

The project started as an experiment to make a woodblock print from an old piece of wood which had actually been an old shelf. But I loved the holes, gnarls and imperfections of the old wood. I wanted to incorporate these and combine these with an image of a place I knew to create a new picture. They are as much pictures of these places as they are of the grain of the wood itself.

I love basketball and basketball courts seem to represent the urban environment and community well. I come from and live in the urban environment so I wanted to explore its gritty, brutal and sometimes depressed beauty. I also wanted to use bright coloured paper for all three to give the print an other worldly feel and make the lines and marks pop.

Making the print involved some physical labour and working in stages to explore the effects of the Japanese cutting knives. I enjoyed this as an experimentation and investigation into registering marks and gestures so much. I wanted to add my image but also follow the grain and let the wood show me the way.

You can see the other prints in the series here.

This entry was published on May 11, 2022 at 2:11 pm. It’s filed under Exploring Process and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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