“I have always been drawn to organic forms and to bringing that imprint into our lives.”
HEATHER ASTON, Canadian printmaker/painter, works out of the Dundarave Print Workshop on Granville Island and her home studio in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She also teaches printmaking courses and workshops in local communities, studios, schools and other educational institutions.
Over the years as an artist, she has developed her own techniques to construct a richly coloured, seductive and energetic landscape for her monotypes, etchings and paintings. She focuses on the organic world of plants, revealing life’s passages as intimate and surprising.
Upcoming Courses and Exhibitions for 2013 + 2014
- Monotypes: The Painterly Print
- Dundarave Print Workshop + Gallery, Granville Island, BC
- October 15 – November 30, 2013 Tuesday evenings 7–10pm
- Please contact DPW to register 604.689.1650
This 7 week course will explore watercolour and oil-based monotype techniques, liftprints and chine collé. Participants will receive individual attention regarding drawing, painting, and composition and learn to print using a manual press. Students will also be introduced to different papers, and the experience of working in a studio atmosphere. The course will open new possibilities for expression. There will be discussion and class critiques throughout. Suitable for any level and a good introduction to the print studio and practice.
Course fee: $250 + tax. An additional $25 in class fee for materials
9 participants maximum
- Monotypes for Beginners
- Malaspina Printmakers Studio, Granville Island, BC
- January 6 – 27, 2014
- Monday evenings 6–9pm
- Please contact MPS to register 604.688.1724
In this 4 week course the students will explore making oil-based monotypes while learning other printmaking techniques such as liftprint and chine collé. Along with theses techniques, students will be introduced to different papers, materials, and the experience of working in a studio atmosphere. The course will open new possibilities for expression while exploring colour, form, different techniques, and line. There will be demonstrations, discussion, and critiques throughout.
$240 for members ($264 for nonmembers)
6 participants maximum
There is a creative spontaneity in the painterly process of making monotypes. This printmaking process is one that involves transformation and discovery.
Upcoming Exhibitions for 2014
- There is No Still Life
- A solo exhibition of new monotypes and etchings
- March 3 – 30, 2014
- Dundarave Print Gallery, Granville Island, Vancouver, BC
- Opening reception: Thursday, March 6, 2014 6–8pm
- In Wait: a collaborative by 7 members of the full circle art collective
- First Exhibition: February 15 – March 15, 2014
- Opening Reception: Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 2–4pm
- Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC
The “In Wait” project is probably one of the most exciting projects that I have ever been involved in. Over 200 (12″ × 12″ × 1.625″) mixed media works have been produced collaboratively from September 2010 to August 2013 between 7 artists in the full circle art collective. Inspired by the story of Penelope in Homer’s Odyssey we asked ourselves “who are we when we wait?”
I dislike waiting as I feel it is an unproductive state where precious time is wasted.
It is as if when we wait, we do not live in the present and the activities in waiting are disposable or perhaps a mere means to an end. My late Mother who, during her joyful and productive life, engaged in activities such as knitting, needle point, gardening, and an endless array of other passions, all to satisfy her energetic zest for life. As she slowly faded into the last few years of her life, some of these activities took on a different meaning.
My collaborative process through the “In Wait” project explores activities that once were a joy but that age has degraded into mere chores, but comfortable things to do while “In Wait” for the inevitable, which is often unmentionable to most of us.
Sewing, knitting playing solitaire, these activities are the themes that dominate my drawings as I interpret, weave and layer them into the communal works, reflecting on the complex nature of waiting.
The story: In Homer’s Odyssey, Penelope, wife of Odysseus, finds herself besieged by suitors during her husband’s long absence. In order to avoid making a decision regarding matrimony, she announces she must weave a shroud before she can wed again. Penelope weaves during the day and unravels her work during the night, thus never completing the shroud and allowing her to find a resolution in waiting.
The project is a contemplative response to our personal experiences and the shared communal psyche as we have examined an ordinary part of life: the ubiquitous act of waiting. We have worked on these images individually and collaboratively as the majority of these works have been passed on to others to complete. During the 3 years that we have been working on this project we have created approximately over 200 pieces!
The first exhibition of In Wait will open at the Maple Ridge Art Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC on Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 2–4pm.
Room magazine published an article on the project in their 2013 Summer issue. See Room for the article.