Saturday, July 28, 2018

Printmaking workshop Saturday, August 4


I will be offering a one-day monoprint workshop in Mexico City on Saturday, August 4, from 10am to 5pm. The class will be given in my studio in Colonia Roma, and is limited to a maximum of 6 students.

The technique I teach involves elements of drawing, painting and printmaking, but
requires no previous experience. I encourage freedom of expression and risk taking, but with enough guidance to keep you from feeling lost. People with zero art background are welcome, and in fact, have been some of my best students in past workshops. Only non-toxic water based printmaking inks are used.

The cost of the class is 1500 pesos. All necessary materials necessary are included. Just bring an apron and/or wear old clothes you won’t mind messing up.

For additonal information write me at


Jim Johnston is an artist, writer and amateur architect who lives in Mexico City. He has previously taught printmaking in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and New Delhi, India.

See more work on the WEBSITE, and the most recent work HERE.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Mexico City on Wheels

I've been noticing the amount of merchandise that is sold 'on the move' here in Mexico City. Mobile vendors are one of the city's distinctive qualities. I've collecting photos for this post for a while, but this week saw someone who wins the prize for the most unusual merchandising. It was a close call with the shoelace vendor, but there are several of them around, but this this the first mobile ironing board salesman I've seen.
At night they are carefully wrapped up and tucked away, out of sight, but as daylight appears, so do Mexico City's push carts, thousands of them, crawling out from under tarps and behind unmarked doorways to enliven the streets of the city with their colorful offerings. Usually one-person operations, these mobile stores offer everything from food to house plants, shoe laces, books and cleaning supplies. The vendors often hawk their wares with pregones, prayer-like cries, almost like little songs, that add to the musical character of our city. They are also a great reminder of the Mexican gift for invention, creating something out of little.

Monday, July 2, 2018

The Mexican Family

The current show of photographs by Lourdes Almeida ( around the fountain of Plaza Luis Cabrera in Colonia Roma Norte is well worth a visit. Exploring themes of family (they're all Mexican), tribal identity, roots and migration, Almeida's work is both touching and intriguing, and right at the heart of one of today's most pressing issues. There's a lot of empathy here.

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