Claire Cameron-Smith

My printmaking practice evolved through a fascination with the woodblock printing traditions of Japan. I use tools, techniques and materials which are virtually unchanged from the Japanese printmaking processes that developed from the late 17th century onwards, including carving tools, cherry blocks, pigment powders and rice paste, handmade papers, and a Japanese burnishing tool (baren). My starting point for a design is often a photograph I’ve taken and digitally manipulated using image editing software, and by this approach I utilise a combination of both ancient and modern techniques to make prints. I see my printmaking not just as a means of mechanical reproduction, but as a way of creating a series of individual and handcrafted works of art.