Print Speak

Print Speak is a virtual education series that focuses 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!

Typically, each Print Speak session will run for 45 minutes via Zoom; a 30-minute talk, followed by a 15-minute discussion. Some Print Speak sessions will function as a workshop and may run longer.  We hope you enjoy the experience!

Links to these talks are available via our YouTube Channel. If you do not see a talk uploaded yet, please note we will do our best to have each one on the channel 2-weeks after filming.


Speaker: Mohammad Tabesh
Topic: On Resistance and Resilience
Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm EST via Zoom
Structure: 30min talk, 15min discussion / Q&A
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome!

In this Print Speak session: On Resistance and Resilience, Mohammad Tabesh will discuss his latest work, The Book of Fading Memories, based on his childhood experience of war and violence. Inspired by the book as art, from medieval illuminated manuscripts to modern-day graphic novels, each turn of the page tells a single story, narrated from two parallel viewpoints: “now” and “then.” By sharing these profoundly personal memories, Mohammad avoids the cliché of shock and horrors of war on one hand and the abstract notion of war seen from far away on the other hand.

Mohammad Tabesh (he/him) is a mixed-media artist residing and working in Toronto. His practice is focused on the human condition, the art of resistance, and art and social change. Through writing, printmaking, multimedia, and sculpture, Tabesh explores modes of storytelling in which narrative is embedded in the artwork. Mohammad is the 2020 recipient of the OCAD University’s Sculpture and Installation medal.

Speaker: Native Art Department International (NADI – Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan)
Topic: Learning By Doing
Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm EST via Zoom
Structure: 30min talk, 15min discussion / Q&A
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome!

In this Print Speak session: Learning By Doing, Native Art Department International (NADI – Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan) will discuss operating as a collaborative duo while at the same time managing individual art-making practices; the intentional blurring and collapsing of boundaries between shared works and experiences, and personal ones. NADI’s exhibition, A Practical Guide to Localization, is showing in the Open Studio Main Gallery from June 10 – July 23, 2022.

Native Art Department International (NADI) is a collaborative long-term project created and administered by Maria Hupfield and Jason Lujan that began in Brooklyn in 2016 and is now based in Toronto. It focuses on communications platforms and art-world systems of support while at the same time functioning as emancipation from essentialism and identity-based artwork. It seeks to circumvent easy categorization by comprising a diverse range of undertakings such as unannounced actions, curatorial projects, video screenings, collective art-making, and mixed-use installations; however, all activities contain an undercurrent of positive progress through cooperation and non-competition.

Speaker: Isabel Diana (she/her)
Topic: A Visual Practice of Lived Experience
Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm EST via Zoom
Structure: 30min talk, 15min discussion / Q&A
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome!

In this Print Speak session: A Visual Practice of Lived Experience, Isabel Diana will be discussing their current body of work, which creates a conversation between their intersectional identity of being a member of the Colombian Adoption Diaspora and navigating systems not created for the marginalized, and how that impacts their views on the social constructs of the home. Their work has also taken on this transnational identity. Finding Comfort in the Crisis, a two-city installation (Portland & Toronto) of their work, will be explored during this presentation in a journey through pattern, childhood documentation and bright colours. 

Isabel Diana (she/her) is a Canadian-Colombian artist currently located in Portland, Oregon. They received their BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto and are now an MFA Print Media Candidate at Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University. Isabel was adopted from Colombia at three months old and grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, with a Brazilian mother and a French-Canadian father – the perfect balance between north and south American upbringing. Their identity as an adoptee strongly influences their work by exploring identity nuances. Their practice focuses on lived experience through imagery, pattern, and text. Their work is bright and full of life, created using techniques of layering through printmaking.

Speaker: Jasmin-Nicole Amoako (she/her)
Topic: Self Portraits as Self Care
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST via Zoom
Structure: 1hr virtual workshop
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome! Materials are recommended [see below].

In this Print Speak session: Self Portraits as Self Care, Jasmin-Nicole Amoako will provide a digital art workshop inspired by a collection of prints and paintings as part of her Virtual Residency at Open Studio completed in February 2022. The workshop will provide a welcoming and inclusive community space that inspires creativity. Through an interactive, hands-on painting activity, participants will develop portrait art techniques focusing on the self and acquire various art-related skills. This learning experience will enable participants to apply their imagination and techniques for portrait art. This workshop will last for an hour. By the end of the workshop, participants will have a finished art piece and a greater understanding of creating a portrait painting.

Recommended Materials
Participants are encouraged to have the following art supplies on-hand:
• 1-2 sheets of mixed media paper or prepared gessoed paper [9″x12″ recommended]
• Acrylic paints: primary colours yellow, red, and blue & white, black, [burnt umber, raw sienna, and burnt sienna for painting various skin tones recommended]
• Synthetic paint brushes
• A paint palette [plastic or Stay Wet recommended]
• A printed or digital reference image of your face (optional)
• A stretched canvas or canvas panel [16″x20″- optional ]
• A pencil
• An eraser
• Cleaning rags or paper towels
• Water cups

Jasmin-Nicole Amoako (she/her) is a Ghanaian Canadian emerging visual artist based in Toronto. She is a graduate of the Drawing and Painting program from the Ontario College of Art and Design University (2021). Her artwork depicts contemporary visuals of Black womanhood and West African culture. Through figurative painting, abstract art, and sacred African braiding practices she applies African and Western methodologies to articulate her cultural identity. Amoako’s artwork combines themes that examine healing, nature, and meditation to create large-scale portraits and abstract dreamscapes. During this residency, she will develop an artist wellness series focusing on collaboration, identity, memory, and selfhood. Check out her Instagram here, and website here.

Image (above): Jasmin-Nicole Amoako, Serenity, 2021, soft pastel and acrylic on canvas, 5′ x 4.5′.

Speaker: Shogo Okada (he/him)
Topic: Being Timeless, a Printing Detour
Date: Friday, March 18, 2022
Time: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm EST via Zoom
Structure: 30min talk, 15min discussion / Q&A
Cost: Free, but donations are welcome!

In this Print Speak session: Being Timeless, A Printing Detour, Shogo Okada will give us a view of his studio and discuss his experience as an artist who has adapted traditional or so-called “old-fashioned” techniques to explore the multi-faceted aspects of printmaking, especially screenprinting. Join Okada as he offers a casual review of what he has learned about employing different materials, shooting screens, composition, and the nuances of printmaking that occur when you combine a hands-on analog approach with digital tools. Okada will also discuss how to get this all done on a tight timeline and budget.

Shogo Okada (he/him) is a Montreal-based artist from Osaka, Japan. Okada explores the worlds of the visual arts and music, focusing on both counter-culture and art history. He draws and reinterprets existing shapes and structures of familiar motifs/themes, distilling their essence into distinct, often vibrant, compositions. Okada predominantly works with the process of screenprinting, a method through which he can create and explore the nature of multiples.

Image (above): (L) Shogo Okada, Virgo, screenprint, 24″ x 18″, $300, (R) Quiet Night, screenprint, 26.5″ x 20″, $300. Please note that prints are listed height by width in paper size.

Speaker: Jesse Purcell (he/him)
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
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
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.

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
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.