Category Archives: Martha Street Studio/Manitoba Printmakers Association

Papirmass (Pah*Purr*Mass)

The Art Caravan was happy to visit the Vancouver Art/Book Fair this past weekend.  It is the only international art book fair in Canada.  It’s sponsored by Project Space, and was held at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

There were social events, talks, and display booths for the participants.  It was great fun to see familiar faces from Martha Street Studio and meet new people like the couple at Papirmass.

Papirmass–what a concept!  For an annual (affordable) subscription fee, they deliver original art to your mailbox. How fun is that?  That’s right: every month you receive an original print, accompanied by a story or poem.


Perhaps even better news –the artists and writers get paid, too!  Their mandate “is to support artists and writers by expanding the audience for their work, and to create a new generation of art collectors by creating art that is accessible to all.” 

Visit Papirmass’ website.  Become a ‘Follower.’  They really are irresistible.  (And wouldn’t a subscription — or two — make great gifts?)

All Canadienne Art…..Lisa Tognon

Several years ago, Martha Street Studio/Manitoba Printmakers Association showed the work of Quebec printmaker/artist Lisa Tognon.  The prints were beautiful: strong, confident lines, lots of textured space and subtle, nuanced marks.  I found the work intelligent, interesting, and technically complex.  As an artist/printmaker, it was very inspiring, and has stayed with me since then.

Bleu is a short video that shows the detailed textures of the work.  Oeuvres de Lisa Tognon (another short video) highlights her work from 2013-2014.  Not surprisingly, her work is available in many galleries, in Canada and Europe.

Bonne fete du Canada!