The final days of the collaborative print residency at Kala art institute in Berkeley, California were full of productivity and decision making. We decided on a title for the series of prints, while also editing the selection from 20 to 18 print works.

We created a narrative in our selection of prints and re-worked the ordering until we felt it said what we intended. This was an enjoyable process to work together on, as we both saw different connections between one print and the next the dialogues the prints had with one another changed and evolved with each re-ordering. The image above was the order and selection we decided on over our final day on the residency. However when returning to the prints back in Manchester and Montreal we edited out 3 prints from the above selection to finally decide on the series below, of 15 collaborative print works which make up ‘The moon and the sledgehammer’ body of work.

The following text was written to accompany the print series:

As part of an artists residency at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley California, I realised a collaborative project with Canadian artist Guillaume Brisson-Darveau. The moon and the sledgehammer is a visual and emotional correspondence between us as artists. This dialogue is motivated by the desire to know more about one another and feeds from the experience of the present. From these playful exchanges a new vocabulary arises, specific to the meeting of two universe conversing to create one. This dialogue implies a particular attention to the others’ sensibility whilst inviting us to redefine our own.

15 collages combining silkscreen and mokuhanga (water based woodblock) form this print portfolio. Kozo and gampi on Stonehenge paper, edition of 6 with 2 AP’s, 2016.

Over the course of working together, in collaboration, for 8 weeks I feel inspired and energised by this new way of working for me. I see a way that we could work together again on a future project. This whole process has provided me with an insight into the way another artist generates ideas and produces work. It has been vital for me to experience this opportunity at this point in my career and has absolutely cemented a new direction in my practice, one of collaboration and of creating dialogue through print. I am so grateful for the a-n travel bursary award in supporting this important project in which I have had the unique opportunity to see how other artists, from the USA and Canada work and respond to the world through print. I hope that in the coming years I will go on to foster new relationships with artists in the international print community to create new works in collaboration.



With the final week of our residency in front of us, we both individually and methodically responded to the final prints in the collaboration. Each of us left our most challenging contributions to the last few days in the studio, leaving as much time as possible to let the right response surface.

As Guillaume kept printing, I turned my attentions to ensuring we could adopt a technique in order to get the finished prints to dry flat in the bespoke drying area at Kala. It took a few attempts of experimenting with dampness and timescale, with the help of the technical advisor in the studio. Because of the nature of the prints being a combination of silkscreen printed acrylic ink on paper alongside mulberry paper collaged with nori paste, the base paper reacted to the moisture by cockling and warping. We were desperate that this did not detract from the finished prints, so spent a day exploring options of how to get them to dry flat.

I sprayed the reverse of each print with a light mist of water and placed the prints on a bed of corrugated cardboard sandwiched between acid free board and newsprint. The sophisticated drying system at Kala meant that the 160 finished prints were dried slowly with an electric blower gently distributing air into a cloth bag and down the channels in the corrugated cardboard over a period of days. This made the prints emerge completely flat. Due to the sheer amount of prints, this process took six days to complete.