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.
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
Lumen Residency at the Crypt Gallery St Johns, Bethnal Green
Kaapeli Residency Helsinki, Finland
MI-Lab Mokuhanga Residency Fujikawaguchiko, Japan
Orleans House Studio Residency
Printmakers Council Award
Intaglio Printmakers Award at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair
Travers Smith CSR Award in RCA category
RCA Continuation Fund
The Matthew White Ridley Printmaking Prize
The Creativity Award, Morley College
Coats Foundation Trust
Hewer Charitable Trust
The Monica Eyre Memorial Foundation
The Gane Trust
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
Member of The Printmakers Council
ARE member of the Royal Society of Painters/Printmakers
Accredited Lecturer for The Arts Society