Biographies of japanese print makers


Biography Brayer, Sarah (1957 - )

Sarah Brayer is best known today for her poured paperworks. Initially, the Rochester, New York native (b. 1957) studied printmaking at Middlesex Polytechnic, London in1978 and received her B.A. in studio art from Connecticut College in1979. She was drawn to the color aquatints of Mary Cassatt and to Japanese art and aesthetics through Raku-style ceramics. These interests led her to continue her artistic training in Japan.
Arriving in Kyoto in 1980, she studied etching with Yoshiko Fukuda (1937-1986) and traditional woodblock printing with Toshi Yoshida (1911-1996) the son of influential woodblock artist Hiroshi Yoshida. Her interest in color gradation was piqued by the woodblock technique, and she subsequently applied similar gradations to her color aquatints.
In 1986 she visited the Dieu Donne Papermill in New York City and here she first encountered poured paperwork - the technique she soon adopted as her own. This somewhat unpredictable, yet painterly technique seemed a perfect blend of chance and design, led her to the ancient Japanese paper-making village of Imadate as the place to experiment with large-scale poured-paper images.
Currently residing in Kyoto, Brayer divides her working time among Kyoto, Imadate, and New York City. (copied from the Sarah Brayer website)

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