Elizabeth Forrest is an artist print-maker whose career has encompassed three-dimensional installation, printmaking, drawing, artist books, teaching, and curatorial work. After earning a B.A, she graduated from Ontario College of Art and later taught there for seven years. Elizabeth went to Kyoto Japan in 1988 to learn colour woodcut printing or mokuhanga. She has specialized in mokuhanga printmaking since 1999 and has taught many workshops in the medium. She now permanently resides in Waterloo Ontario.
Mokuhanga means 'woodblock print' in Japanese. This traditional Japanese printing method emerged in the 17th century. An example of an early Japanese print is shown Right.
Today this technique is being explored by many contemporary printmakers. A waterbased printmaking method, mokuhanga involves planning a graphic image, transferring the outlines to one or more woodblocks, carving and printing it.