Yoshi Nakagawa – Native Plant Transfer Printmaking

Instructor: Yoshi Nakagawa

Number of Days: 1 Day Skill Level: All levels Material fee: $25 Maximum Number of Student: 15

Workshop Description:

Get in touch with the land & printmaking! We’ll start by gathering  Northwest native plant cuttings around campus. We’ll then roll on black oil-based ink on the  cuttings with a brayer, and hand print on Japanese washi paper with a spoon. Next,  watercoloring, signing, and writing the common and botanical names for plant identification.  Learn to hand sew your prints together as a paper quilt. Also learn how to print the plant  cuttings with an etching press on 100% cotton paper. After learning these plant transfer  techniques, book artists can use these skills in making their books by hand printing or  etching press. Be a naturalist & printmaker with no experience necessary!

Materials/equipment to be provided by students:

Watercolors (gouache, gansai, calligraphy ink colors, or any water-based colors), Pencil, Scissors, Ruler, Sewing thread (any color, not  white), Sewing needle, Latex or nitrile gloves, Face mask & apron (optional)

Materials Provided by Instructor:

6 sheets of 6″x 9.5″ washi paper per  participant, One 7.5″x11″ 100% cotton paper per participant, Newsprint/newspaper, Letter  sized copier paper (1 packet), Various PNW native plant cuttings in case there aren’t many on campus, Black oil-based ink, Ink spatulas, 7 brayers, Spoons for hand printing (1 per  participant), Extra watercolors, Soft paint brushes for watercolor (1 per participant), Cups for  water, palettes for watercolor, Extra pencils, Scissors (4 spares), Rulers (4 spares), Extra  sewing thread (any color, not white), Extra sewing needles, Extra latex or nitrile gloves,  Rubbing alcohol for degreasing brayers, Simple green for degreasing, Vegetable oil for  cleaning ink, Paper towels/rags, Pruning shears  Prerequisites: 

Instructor Bio:

Yoshi Nakagawa is a visual artist and gardener based in Tacoma, WA—specializing in printmaking for over 24 years. Raised in Portland, OR, she pulled her first print at the University of Puget Sound, and continued her craft in Seattle and Oaxaca, Mexico. Her artwork is influenced by patterns of the natural world and Japanese textiles, along with experiences living in Oaxaca and Japan. She has exhibited and taught workshops in the US, Mexico, Canada, Japan, South Africa and Honduras.yoshinakagawa.com Website: yoshinakagawa.com