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 in Japan after waterbased printing on woodblocks travelled from China.
Today this technique still uses artisan made tools and materials but is being adapted to contemporary imagery by many contemporary print makers. A water based printmaking method, and therefore non-toxic, mokuhanga involves planning a usually a graphic image that employs colour. The design is transferred to one or more woodblocks, carved and printed, close registration transforming the idea through the ineffable charm of water pigments impressed into a strong, durable washi paper.