It’s impossible not to feel dazzled when looking at Sydney native Elizabeth Corkery’s magical silkscreen prints, many of which transform mundane objects like fabric swatches or interior molding into snazzy works of art. As a student at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, screenprinting captured Elizabeth’s imagination from the very beginning. “The potential for large fields of color and really graphic imagery first drew me in,” she explains. The fact that screenprinting is notoriously process-heavy didn’t deter Elizabeth at all—she’s the sort of woman who can see the beauty in a stellar to-do list.
After getting an MFA in 2013 from Cornell—where her interest in large-scale prints only got more serious—and moving to Providence, Rhode Island, Elizabeth launched The Print Club, an online hub for limited-edition silkscreen prints by her and a tightly edited crew of other artists. The aim: to get her work out there to a larger audience. As she says, “I want to commit an equal amount of energy to my commercial work and to my fine art studio. I’m learning that the two can actually feed one another.” The most important biz lesson she’s learned so far? To keep the art excellent, she needs to get outside the studio. “Exploring allows me to flip a switch mentally and to see the world anew,” she notes. “It doesn’t have to be glamorous—even just a change of scenery can be so valuable.” —katie nave freeman