What Printmaking Means to Me!

In my early twenties, I discovered Printmaking in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, after moving there from Rhode Island.  Never before did I find anything else in life that excited me as much!  I started out by teaching myself through books.  I have been a Printmakers for 30 years now and I remember how my early discovery allowed me to have an understanding of why I think the way I do.  It was an elated arrival into a world of ink, paper, tools and presses.   I was fascinated to my core and I set off to learn from the best printmakers in the world because I was determined to become that sponge willing to soak it all up - it has been an amazing experience to learn about Printmaking through the eyes and hands of some of the great European, British and American Printmakers known to us today:  Robert Blackburn, Bartolomeu cid dos Santos, Stanley Jones, Hartmut Berlinicke and Dan Welden.  Of course, there have been inspirations by others too, like Ron Kitaj, Norman Ackroyd, Edwardo Paolozzi (w…


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Melissa Strawser           Solarplate Etching Printmaker-Sculptor Printmaking Workshop Instructor  
Young Printmakers Workshop  
Barto Print Workshop        
Bertoia Studio
Bally Pennsylvania
1966 Born in Reading, Pennsylvania 
MA Printmaking, The Slade School of Art, University College London 
1st Degree 1993-1995
1998-Current:  Independent Artist and Project Coordinator with Bertoia Studio

From Paper to Metal

Appreciators and viewers often ask the Artist questions like What inspires you? or How long does it take to make a print or make a sculpture?  I believe, the age of the artist is the amount of time it takes to conceive idea into reality; so it is unusual for me to say it has taken 1 hour or 3 months or 4 years.  The visuals I aspire to print and vice -versa fabricate into sculpture are inspired from the environmental elements which surround us in my everyday.  Many  cultures saw the growing spiral and we all first experienced touch, smell, sound, sight, and taste.  SUN is Light or Fire and I see it from the top.  WIND is Air and I see it forming on the right.   WATER is Spirit or Mother Earth and I see it from the bottom of the ocean.   SOUND reaches all these elements and senses and surrounds us forming from my left.  My work is mostly inspired by Light and how it plays an integral part of what we see.  I am the Fire element and I am powered by the Sun or that higher spirit.  I am i…

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