Find­ing prints charm­ing

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Eng­land be­fore set­tling back in Perth to raise her three chil­dren.

It was then she turned her cre­ative en­ergy to art, most re­cently the an­cient Ja­panese print­ing art form of gy­otaku.

“I think my art has evolved en­tirely as a re­sult of my love of nat­u­ral history,” Old­field said.

“Gy­otaku was orig­i­nally used for peo­ple to bring back ac­cu­rate mea­sure­ments of the fish they caught be­fore it dried up.

“Be­fore pho­tog­ra­phy it was a way to keep a record of their catch and has evolved over the years to be con­sid­ered as a gen­uine art form.

“My love for it comes from my fas­ci­na­tion of the tex­ture and struc­ture of an­i­mals.

“I don’t use a lot of colour, really fo­cus­ing on the tex­ture and struc­ture, which is per­fect when do­ing black-and-white print.”

Old­field said she had been un­suc­cess­ful in per­fect­ing her gy­otaku tech­nique on her own, so she ap­plied for a grant and trav­elled to Ja­pan in 2013 to study with a Ja­panese gy­otaku mas­ter.

She will hold her first solo ex­hi­bi­tion in a decade, aptly named Lit­tle Crea­tures at Lit­tle Crea­tures, at Lit­tle Crea­tures Brew­ery in Fre­man­tle from De­cem­ber 5 to Jan­uary 6.

“I sent them an email with some of my im­ages and asked if they’d be in­ter­ested in the ex­hi­bi­tion,” Old­field said.

“They are fan­tas­tic at sup­port­ing lo­cal artists and emailed me straight back say­ing it would be a per­fect fit.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will fea­ture 25 gy­otaku prints and 10 other large­for­mat prints suit­able for the out­doors. Old­field said it had been in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing to cre­ate the full body of work.

“I had been too busy with three kids close to­gether in age to have time for an­other solo ex­hi­bi­tion,” she said.

“I’m heav­ily in­volved in vol­un­teer work in schools and sport­ing clubs, so I was do­ing lots of art, just not hold­ing ex­hi­bi­tions.”

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