“Heaven & Earth” (1 of 1)
Self-made paper with fern impression and indigo dye
“Introspection” (1 of 1)
Screen print with self-made flax paper shaped pieces
“Pesto or Marinara?” (1 of 1)
Print with self-made flax paper details; also embossed (from string) “spaghetti”
I have always enjoyed the process of learning – experimenting and figuring out solutions. Printmaking has encouraged me to indulge that passion in new and different ways. I love the planning of a print and thinking through the process of producing it. Surprises often result in spite of the best laid plans! There can be precision – or not. There can be reproducibility (as in making editions) – or not (as in making monoprints). There is infinite room for experimentation and exploration. I can add into the mix my lifelong love of fabrics, fibers and sewing to create even more unique pieces.
The creative process becomes a meditation.... There is the physicality of printing. The act of applying ink to paper or fabric becomes a calm and beautiful dance, a flow that is intentional and unhurried. Pulling paper is yet another dance in the repertoire. The quiet concentration on stitching or tying cords provides even more opportunity for rejuvenation.
Each work is very personal, from the design to the hand-pulled printing process to perhaps inclusion of self-made paper and stitching. I want each of my pieces to be a surprise and elicit a range of emotions and interpretations from the observer. Inspiration comes from the world around and the experiences from within. Each work is an opportunity to challenge myself and to more fully experience life.
“The act of applying ink to paper or fabric becomes a calm and beautiful dance, a flow that is intentional and unhurried.”
Eileen Towata is a printmaker, living and working in Kailua, Hawai’i. After a detour into careers in science, academia and healthcare, she returned to her early interest in art. Eileen resumed her training via classes at several local community college campuses, as well as with the Honolulu Museum of Art School and the Honolulu Printmakers. She has also enjoyed numerous workshops learning to pull her own paper and experimenting with shaping, embossing and adding color. The influences of her formal education and degrees in biology, botany, and health/wellness are reflected in many of her pieces.
In addition to the Hawai’i Craftsmen, Eileen is a member of the Honolulu Printmakers, and Windward Artists Guild. Her work has been on display through Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Printmaking Society, Honolulu Printmakers, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Hawai’i Island Art Alliance, Windward Artists Guild, Windward Community College, and other organizations/venues, as well as appearing in local, domestic, and international private collections.