Natasha Norman Visual Artist

Sensei Hiroki

Today the new sensei arrived from Tokyo. His name is Hiroki Satake and he had us all spinning from his insights. He has been printing for a number of years and has extensive teaching experience as well (he teaches at the University in Tokyo). He is also familiar with Western print techniques such as silkscreen, etching and lithography and has some startlingly refreshing ideas about combining colliograph and Mokuhanga printing with some amazing results.

  • Hiroki Satake
    Hiroki Satake

We only have him for two days so the class time has been very busy. Our first demonstration was on different types of printing effect: goma-zuri (sesame printing), beta-zuri (flat colour printing), mokume (woodgrain printing) as well as ichimonji bokashi (1 colour gradation), isukeawase bokashi (2 colour gradation). He really illustrated that it is the subtle balance of water to nori when printing that radically changes the print result. In his own works, Hiroki is fastidious about the ratio of water to nori. He prints very large blocks and has to keep the printing room lightly steamed so that the inks and paper won’t dry out.

We all greatly appreciated his way of approaching teaching which was to visit each person, one on one, to find out their printing style and interests so that he could tailor the class to our needs as a group. He brought a lot of examples of plates, prints and materials. It was incredibly enriching!

Hayato has uploaded some images of our residency on the Endeavor Website.

Colliograph demonstration
Colliograph demonstration

Printed with a baren and inked with a silkscreen squeegee


An etching by Sataki
An etching by Sataki

Detail of a Mokuhanga replica print
Detail of a Mokuhanga replica print

An incredibly subtle Mokuhanga print
An incredibly subtle Mokuhanga print

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