2015 residency artists
Toru Sugita @ The W.O.R.K.S.
I have been in charge of Printmaking programs at Diablo Valley College (DVC). I wished to improve my screen print technique and enhance knowledge for the program. The CSP Residency gave me a chance to work with Thomas Wojak, master screen printer, and printmaking professor at CCA.
We collaborated on two works: Morning Light, 20 ½” x 28 ¼” and Morning Light 2, 9″ x 12″. Both works are from multiple layers of primarily hand drawing and painting on transparency. I worked on transparency and Thomas burnt the screens. We discussed color planning on each layer. There were many oil-based inks mixed by previous artists who worked with Thomas. I opened the cans, which had the names of the artists, and modified them for my works. In a way, I felt I was becoming a part of the history of this print studio. We printed together with his large one-arm squeegee press, and each time we discussed subsequent layers.
Thomas is an art educator, so he explained each process precisely. He let me try, experiment, and digest in my way. Thomas is highly technical, yet experimental. He encourages interdisciplinary approaches. He and I shared about printmaking education throughout the residency. Thomas also has an archive of prints by resident artists and CCA students, which were available for viewing. His studio, W.O.R.K.S., is located in downtown Vallejo, which is near the waterfront. I was able to walk around and enjoy the old town of Vallejo, farmers market, and lunch at the ferry terminal.
What I learned in the CSP Residency with Thomas Wojak was invaluable. I am constantly sharing this experience with my DVC students.