Monday, 31 March 2008

Johnny McMillan, Joan Stuart Ross, Michelle Boehm and Zebadiah

Quite a mixed bag this time – there’s Johnny (Johnny McMillan) who I first came across on Flickr. He’s from Ireland, in fact graduated from the NCAD in Dublin, a few years back. The print here is from his graduation exhibition. He said it was an absolute awful hassle to make. I get the impression J. is not doing anything in terms of printmaking nowadays as he has moved to Australia and seems to present himself primarily as a photographer.

While I was on Flickr, I also found the mysterious “Zebadiah” (don’t even know his family name). This was the only tradigital print he had on there, although I could see that he does do lithographic prints as well.

Michelle Boehm, a graphic designer from Philadelphia was another “one off-er”, where making tradigital work is concerned.

My guess is that maybe MB and Z. were driven by a desire to participate in a print exchange, which of course usually requires that an edition of e.g. 15 prints be sent to the coordinator.

Consequently the idea of combining a traditional technique with inkjet seems like a good idea. Whatever the context – it can sometimes help to give other people ideas for their creative work and of course that’s one of the excellent things that the Internet has going for it.

My final entry for this post is artist Joan Stuart Ross who has a very full resume and is obviously a very committed and serious artist. As well as jurying exhibitions, and teaching she is involved in running a print workshop. She seems to mainly like to work with monoprint as well as having extensively explored encaustic as a medium.

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