Join artist printmaker and WYPW technician Kate Desforges for a hands-on, immersive, deep dive into Mokulito (wood lithography) on our 4 day Summer school.
Explore the creative possibilities of this unique printmaking technique by working BIG and making full use of our large etching press (up to A2 size)! Thought lithography was a long, technical print process? Well, it doesn’t have to be as Mokulito offers a welcome alternative to the more complicated, technical processes of stone and plate lithography, by taking the basic principles and applying them instead to a wood surface.
Lithographic drawing materials are used to draw and paint onto the wood and processed using gum arabic before the block is inked up and printed using the etching press. Blocks can also be cut into using woodcutting tools, combining the characteristics of a lithograph with those of a woodcut to create a truly unique aesthetic. The grain of the wood will often show up in the background of prints, becoming stronger with each one, and ‘filling in’ until white becomes colour and the block is no longer useable. Editions of anything from 5 – 15 can be produced from one block, depending on the individual properties of the wood and how it is printed. Blocks cannot usually be re-printed. Because of the coarser nature of wood in comparison to stone, fine detail cannot always be retained, so this process suits those who have a more experimental approach to image-making, embracing and working with the natural properties of the wood. On this longer-than-usual course, you’ll have the opportunity to really hone your skills – learning how to print multiple blocks in-register, and about the delights (and challenges) of working on a larger scale.
Over the course of the workshop you’ll also have a go at transferring photographic images – something we’ve not had the chance to delve into on the shorter courses up until now.
Your tutor Kate will guide you through this fascinating technique with a hands-on, experimental approach, providing examples, instruction and advice throughout. The aim of the course is to gain a solid understanding of the process, create a run of prints from your own wood blocks, and leave with the skills and confidence to carry on using the technique in your own practice.
- Day 1 (10am-4pm) AM – Welcomes and introductions. Run through of structure of the course, chat about mokulito with examples. Demonstration of the making and printing process, including how to make blocks which will line-up (register) when printed. PM – Students prepare and draw 3 blocks – one smaller test block and 2 larger, to be printed in register. Gum and leave to dry overnight.
- Day 2 (10am-4pm) AM – Initial chat and recap on previous day with Q&A. Quick demo of printing, then students ink up and print their test blocks. PM – Continue printing second and third blocks in register to create a two-colour print. Gather together to review work created before end.
- Day 3 (10am-4pm) AM – Initial chat and recap of previous day with Q&A. Demonstration of transferring a photographic image to a mokulito block. PM – Time to go BIG! Plan and prepare a two-block colour print which will be printed in-register. Draw blocks, dry and gum, to be printed the following day.
- Day 4 (10am-5pm – an extra hour!) AM & PM – PRINT! Students work in pairs to support each-other in making their prints. Clean-up by 4.30, with time to come together for a brew and review the work made before the session end.
Your tutor: Kate Desforges
Kathryn Desforges is a printmaker who creates process-driven, contemporary artworks which explore her preoccupation with ordinary, overlooked and in-between places. Her work germinates from a fragmented collection of drawings, photographs, memories and lived experience, and evolves through printmaking processes such as etching, lithography and woodcut, which enable a unique visual language. Material is important – carving, scratching and sanding back metal and wood reveals and covers up, helping to piece together fragments of ideas, distill and refine, and keep the physical act of making at the core of her practice. What results are re-imaginings – pieced together from snippets and fleeting glimpses of her everyday.
Kathryn’s work is held in public and private collections in the UK, including the Tate Library artist book collection. She trained at Kingston University, and has undertaken artist residencies at Intaglio Printmaker, UK, Mi-LAB, Japan, and a Post Graduate Lithography Fellowship at Leicester Print Workshop. Ever-hungry to learn and develop new print processes, her practice has developed through a symbiotic relationship with her career as a printmaking technician and tutor.
Some previous experience of print, specifically lithography, is useful but not essential, and anyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced printmakers.
You do need to be fairly mobile and have a certain amount of dexterity, as we will be sanding wood blocks, (sometimes with power sanders), using large rollers, heavy printing presses and wood-cutting tools. We will also be moving between two levels using the stairs.
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment.
What should I prepare beforehand?
All materials will be provided. We’ll be working on plates and blocks up to A2 size. You don’t have to do any preparation for the course – you can just make marks, let the process guide you, and see what happens! But, if you do work best from source material, then feel free to bring sketchbooks, drawings, photographs, etc, with you. If you would like to bring along a photographic image to try out, please bring it printed-out in black and white onto standard copier paper, around A4 size.
After attending this course you can join our workshop as a member and continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here: https://www.wypw.org/shop/standard-membership/
- If you have to cancel:
- 16-12 weeks before the course: 50 % of the fee will be retained by WYPW
- Less than 12 weeks before the course: 100% of the fee will be retained by WYPW
- Please note that full payment is required for non-attendance on a booking that has been transferred.
- If we have to cancel: