Master Printer Jillian Ross works collaboratively with Patio Press x Emily Carr Students


In April 2022, Patio Press welcomed master printer Jillian Ross to join the students of Patio Press x Emily Carr class, which is part of the inaugural Research Residency between Shumka Centre and Audain Faculty of Art.


Jillian’s week-long visit, arranged by Audain Faculty of Art, was to set up shop in the Emily Carr bindery in order to work on a future print collaboration between Jillian and William Kentridge. Throughout this time, Jillian was also actively engaged with the Patio Press x Emily Carr (PRNT 305), where she had the chance to review and critique students’ collaborative print project. The Patio Press x Emily Carr project, which consists of 20 woodblocks, is a puzzle installation inspired by the Broadway Subway construction site as viewed from the Emily Carr print studio. At the end of her visit, Ross worked closely with the students to proof a plate with their help.


Image: Jillian Ross (centre) with Sara-Jeanne Bourget (left) and Mark Johnsen (right) at ECU Printmaking Studio


Image (top): Jillian Ross reviewing a collaborative print project with Patio Press x Emily Carr class students.


Image (bottom): Proof of a print created collaboratively with Jillian Ross and Patio Press x Emily Carr class students.


The Patio Press x Emily Carr students collaborative print project will be exhibited later this year at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

The Research Residency is a partnership between Audain Faculty of Art and Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneruship, funded by the Co-op and Work Integrated Learning Initiative of the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Patio Press is an artist-run project committed to supporting artists with a focus on education, production support and alternative modes of dissemination, with a focus on printmaking.

Jillian Ross, a leading South African collaborative master printer, returned to Canada in 2020. Ross has been the Master Printer and Director of the David Krut Workshop (DKW) in Johannesburg, South Africa. For the past 16 years, Ross has worked with celebrated South African and international artists in collaborative printmaking. Ross’ most notable ongoing collaboration with William Kentridge.