My woodblock prints are made using water based inks applied to the block with brushes, a technique used in the Japanese printmaking tradition. A lot of planning and experimenting goes into making a woodblock print, and the process involves many separate steps. For me this is an interesting contrast to the immediacy and spontaneity of working in pastel.
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Woodblock Printing Process
Moku hanga is a Japanese method of woodblock printmaking. It is water based, and brushes are used to apply pigment to the woodblock. A starch paste, traditionally made from rice, is also used to manipulate the pigment texture. The technique allows for subtle transparent layers of color.
This photo shows the eight carved blocks used for my print "Mountain Valley Road". Each layer of color adds a different dimension to the image. The interaction of paper, wood, and water in moku hanga lends itself to printing by hand. This is what I do with all my prints, using a baren, which is a Japanese rubbing tool designed specifically for woodblock printing. Photos of this printing process are shown here.
Many of my prints are made using a reduction technique, which involves printing the woodblock in one color, then carving areas of the block away, and printing over top of the first layer in a new color, revealing the carved areas as I go. This continues until I have the final image, often a process of fifteen or more colors and carving stages.
With this reduction technique, my edition size (generally between ten and thirty prints) must be decided in advance, because the block is carved away in the process and the design can not be reprinted.
Exhibit at the Town Club
March 7-April 30, 2016
1081 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah
Hudson River Fellowship, New York, NY. 2009
The New York Academy of Art, New York, NY. 1998-1999
Boston University School for the Arts, Boston, MA. BFA, 1996
2014 "Water" - Solo Exhibit at Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT
2013 Solo Exhibit at Red Butte Garden, Salt Lake City, UT
2013 "LIKE" - Group Exhibition, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
2011 Group Exhibition, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
2010 Works On Paper - Group Exhibition. 15th Street Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2008 Jennifer Worsley - Rivers and Sunsets. Pickett Fairbanks Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2006 Jennifer Worsley - Pastels and Woodcuts. Pickett Fairbanks Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2005 River Pastels. Finch Lane Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
2003 River Pastels by Jennifer Worsley. Chroma Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Arts Festival, Salt Lake City, UT. 2001, 2003-2015
Park City Art Festival, Park City, UT. 2001-2005, 2007-2015
Sun Valley Arts and Crafts Festival, Ketchum, ID. 2013-2015
Art in the High Desert, Bend, OR. 2013, 2015
Sonoma Plein Air Art Festival, Sonoma, CA. 2009-2011
Bistro 45 Courtyard Show, McCall, ID. 2007-2010
Art Fair Jackson Hole, Jackson, WY. 2006-2008
Kayenta Art Festival, Kayenta, UT. 2006-2007, 2014
Scottsdale Art Festival, Scottsdale, AZ. 2004
Old Town Art Fair, Chicago, IL. 2003-2005