When I was in Seattle for a couple of shows in May, I decided to make use of my down time between them to visit art supply stores and to meet a woman whose work I’ve admired from a distance, Yoshiko Yamamoto, one of the owners of the Arts and Crafts Press in Tacoma, Washington.
I wish that I had taken more pictures of her beautiful work space and the impressive equipment that she controls to create her gigantic editions. But I was so captivated by her charm and generosity that I just forgot.
She walked me through the studio, talking frankly about her equipment, methods, challenges, and aspirations for the future. I learned so much about the printmaking restrictions that led to the work that is such an icon of the arts and crafts style. If I decide to move in the direction of this style, I can see it from a much more critical perspective and understand a little better how to approach it, thanks to her rapid education.
Before this trip I had realized that it will be difficult to push myself in the direction of high quality print work if I don’t have some examples of it in my space. I went to her studio with the goal of purchasing one or two of her works to frame and hang in my studio for inspiration.
In the end she had given me an hour of her time, so much knowledge, and sent me home with a few pieces of her gorgeous work. Her generosity stands as an example to me of how I want to treat visitors to my space when I get established.
Be sure to check out the website. [Arts & Crafts Press] This company is a super power in the Arts and Crafts design world.