Print Speak

Open Studio is excited to invite you to Print Speak, launching this summer! This new virtual education series will focus on incredible artists whose work pushes the boundaries of print media. These talks will take you on a journey with each artist to learn about their passion for creating.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome (suggested amount: $5). Funds will go directly towards supporting programming future Print Speak sessions. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Each Print Speak session will run for 45 minutes via Zoom (register through Eventbrite): 30-minute talk, followed by a 15-minute discussion.

UPCOMING EVENTS

More Print Speak sessions to come! Links to these talks are available via our YouTube Channel.

PAST EVENTS

Speaker: Jesse Purcell
Topic: Screen Time – An Exploration of Personal, Professional and Politically Engaged Screenprinting
Date (rescheduled): Thursday, September 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm EST via Zoom (register through Eventbrite above)
Structure: 30min talk, 15min discussion / Q&A

In this Print Speak session: Screen Time – An Exploration of Personal, Professional and Politically Engaged Screenprinting, Jesse Purcell will explore the techniques, applications and economics of his personal, professional and politically engaged print practice. This will include a tour of his studio and a survey of his multi-faceted approach to the medium, from the streets to the gallery, operating a press and working in a collective of socially engaged printmakers.

Jesse Purcell (He/Him) is a socially engaged artist and printmaker based in Toronto. He is a member of the continent-spanning Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, and founder of Repetitive Press – Screen Printing and Design Studio, which focuses on providing hand-made graphic materials for cultural producers while working to support social movements.

Speaker: Khadijah Morley
Topic: Chine-collé & Relief Printing
Date: Thursday, July 8, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm EST via Zoom (register through Eventbrite above)
Structure: 30min talk, 15min discussion / Q&A

Do you collect decorative papers that you insist will come in handy but never use? Chine-collé can help! In this Print Speak session: Chine-collé & Relief Printing, Khadijah Morley will share her work and how she uses Chine-collé in her linocut work, as an alternative method to incorporate swatches of colour or texture without carving an additional lino block. This technique involves adhering thinner papers to the overall piece through the process of printmaking. *note: This is not a hands-on class and no materials are needed.

Khadijah Morley (She/Her) is a Toronto-based emerging artist who works in various media, including painting and printmaking. Through an autobiographical lens, Khadijah’s practice examines issues related to systemic oppression and anti-Black racism.

Laura Grier: yanathé horeltth’ełi: That which will happen next

Speaker: Laura Grier
Topic: yanathé horeltth’ełi: That which will happen next
Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm EST via Zoom (register through Eventbrite above)
Structure: 30min talk, 15min discussion / Q&A

In this Print Speak session: yanathé horeltth’ełi: That which will happen next, Laura Grier will be presenting their current creative research into their northern Dene language and how collaborative ‘Indigenous Spirit Printmaking’ methodologies can be tied into future works. Through the use of traditional print mediums, Laura tries to translate these pieces of knowledge into forms of narrative mark-making and poetry, while contemplating themes of Land, Language, and Lineation.

Laura Grier (She/They) is a Délı̨nę First Nations artist and printmaker, born in Somba ké (Yellowknife). Responding to lived experiences of being an urban displaced Dene woman through Print, Grier’s work is also inspired by the dynamism of Indigenous art practices and uses printmaking as a tool for resistance, refusal, and inherent Bets’ı̨nę́.


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