Carol Wilhide Justin is an artist-printmaker who specialises in Japanese woodcut. Time-consuming to produce, woodcuts are built up in a slow, exacting process, one layer at a time. In a world increasingly driven by the digital, Carol’s work celebrates the abiding value of the haptic and analogue.

 

Carol derives her inspiration from the natural world, the interplay of light and shade, and the mutability of time, movement, and memory. Carol’s woodcut prints seek to capture these fleeting moments of change. This is reflected in her subdued choice of colour.

 

Carol was awarded a residency at the MI-LAB studio, Fujikawaguchiko, Japan, in 2014 where she was taught the mokuhanga technique by Japanese sensei. On her return to the UK she gained a place at the Royal College of Art graduating with an MA in Print in 2017.

 

Japanese Woodcut is her main art practice and she teaches Mokuhanga to adult students in London at Morley College, The Art Academy and the City Literary Institute. She is also an accredited lecturer with the Arts Society.

Her woodcuts are cut with traditional Japanese tools, and hand-printed with a baren. The use of water-based pigments, instead of the more traditional Western oil-based inks, allows for a more nuanced print, displaying the shifting variables of woodgrain and water.

Degrees

BA (Hons) 2:1 Graphic Design Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic 1983

PGCE The Institute of Education, London University 2001

MA (Print) Royal College of Art with Distinction 2017

Residencies

Lumen Residency at the Crypt Gallery St Johns, Bethnal Green

Kaapeli Residency Helsinki, Finland

MI-Lab Mokuhanga Residency Fujikawaguchiko, Japan 

Orleans House Studio Residency

Awards

Printmakers Council Award 

Intaglio Printmakers Award at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair

Travers Smith CSR Award in RCA category

RCA Continuation Fund

MI-Lab Residency

The Matthew White Ridley Printmaking Prize

The Creativity Award, Morley College

Eaton Fund

Coats Foundation Trust

Hewer Charitable Trust

The Monica Eyre Memorial Foundation

The Gane Trust

Collections

Kunstmuseum Reutlingen, Germany

Clifford Chance Print Collection

RCA Print Collection, London

CfSHE Print Collection MI-Lab, Tokyo

Awagami Print Collection, Japan

V&A Print Collection, London

Memberships

Member of The Printmakers Council

ARE member of the Royal Society of Painters/Printmakers

Accredited Lecturer for The Arts Society