Print Club Ltd. was founded in 2013 by artist Elizabeth Corkery. Trained as a printmaker and graduate of the Cornell University MFA program, Elizabeth and Co-Director Graham McDougal run Print Club Ltd. as printers and publishers of limited edition silkscreen prints. Their focus is on collaborating with emerging artists who work in both two and three-dimensions and finding avenues through which to translate their varied processes into print.
In 2016 Elizabeth initiated a journal series, “Womxn in Expanded Print” on the Print Club Ltd. website where interviews with artists from around the world explore how their practice is informed by a background in printmaking. Now totaling over two-dozen features, these conversations highlight the ways in which print technique, material and history can in uence an expansive contemporary art practice.
Printing our Henna Vainio edition
For our new edition with San Francisco-based artist, Henna Vainio we began by working from photographic reproductions of her large-scale sculptures. Henna’s process often involves pigmented plaster, from which she builds freestanding statues cast from moulds of corrugated cardboard sheeting. We had multiple visits to Henna’s studio, located in the Minnesota Street projects building in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood to gain a deeper understanding of her process, materiality and begin our exploration of the form our printed collaboration could take.
From the visit and the photographs we captured of the sculptural work in Henna’s studio we responded to the idea of the impression she creates through the casting process. We began to picture the journey our prints could extend; from cardboard sheets to a plaster impression, from a cropped photograph to a graphic, screenprinted reproduction. The parallel lines of the corrugated material becomes a graphic motif throughout the four prints. The complex shapes, highlights and cast shadows are all captured graphically using screenprint’s ubiquitous halftone dots.