PD Packard

Printing Decorative Papers
with Akua Inks

Video Directors: Christina Puma | Susan Rostow
Published: August 8,2016

Artist PD Packard takes you through the making of her printed decorative papers using Akua Inks. Her “commitment to color”, as she describes, inspires the layering of the decorative patterns she creates using dried leaves that she’s collected. Once her printed papers are created, she applies the prints to larger, sculptural works that are addressed in this video.


Mixed Media


Art in Education


Archived Works


Contact Information

United States of America
e-mail: PD Packard

Artist Statement

My mother tongue with art and design is color.
As contained narrative, my work is created to express the principles of unconditional love, not conditional romance. I am attracted to self-similar patterns that have an underlying mathematical structure and can appear indefinitely complex. Since 2015, I have been expanding my prints, paintings and prose, which were primarily contained within two-dimensional artwork and books, into more sculptural, three-dimensional forms. Focused on the discovery of cause and effect, the medium used in my work is the printmaking techniques of drypoint, embossing, and relief mixed with painting, and aniline dyes.


Awarded a scholarship to St Martins School of Art (aka Central St Martins), in London, England, PD Packard obtained a combined BFA degree in Textile Design and Fashion. When she returned to the states she developed original textiles and surface designs primarily for the cosmetic industry. Many of the principles in printmaking are similar to fabric and surface design making an easy and natural transition for her into fine art printing in 2009.

Notable National & International Exhibitions

November 1 – December 10, 2016, A State of Mind 2016: The Boston Printmakers, Lamont Gallery, NH., Lamont Gallery, NH.

October 27, 2015 – March 7, 2016, Insects too Lovely to Repel, solo exhibit at River’s
Edge Gallery, Upper Black Eddy, PA.

October 8 – November 1, 2015, Then and Now, Central Booking Gallery, NYC. Sponsored by Speedball Art Products & Akua Inks.

August 16 – October 26, 2014, The International Biennial Print Exhibit: 2014 ROC, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. The etching, Door Ask Listen, was selected to be part of museum’s permanent Collection.

May 1 – May 31, 2014, Pattern, Graphics, Print, Tate Britain Museum, London, England.

October 27 – December 20, 2013, The Boston Printmakers 2013 North American Print Biennial, Boston University’s 808 Gallery, Boston MA. Juror: Dennis Michael Jon.

August 24 – October 26, 2013, No Man is an Island – The Masculine Landscape in the 21st Century, Printing Center of New Jersey, Branchburg, NJ. Juror: Sarah Schmerler.

June 29, 2013 – January 19, 2014, 33rd Mini Print International of Cadaqués, Taller Galeria Fort, Cadaques, Spain + England + France.

May 15 – June 15, 2013, 4th Guanlan International Print Biennial, Guanlan Art Museum, Shenzhen, China.

September 6 – October 19, 2012, BOUNDLESS grensoverschrijdend grafiek, CBK Amsterdam Gallery & Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier, Amsterdam, Netherland. Curator: Jean Bernard Koeman.

May 19 – July 15, 2012, Shin Jidai – Contemporary Japanese Book & Paper Arts, Minnesota Center for the Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN.

Notable Projects

PD Packard taught a workshop on Insect Illustration that was awarded an InLiquid/Blick Art Microgrant. The class was held on May 25, 2016 at the Community Roots Middle School, located in Brooklyn, NY.

PD Packard was included in the Artists To Look Out For catalogue, sponsored by the Starry Night Programs. Published December 1, 2015.

During the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours POST East | October 3 – 4, 2015, PD Packard conducted a workshop on Itajime Shibori: Japanese Decorative Papermaking. Open to the public and free of charge the event was generously sponsored by Heavy Bubble Portfolio Websites for Artists + PysankyUSA.

Read more about Packard’s work in Erica Minutella’s Inliquid Blog interview here.

PD Packard’s work is included in Palate to Plate: Prints and Recipes from Members of the Boston Printmakers. This full-color, 216-page book is also the catalogue for the 2014 Boston Printmakers Members’ Exhibition that was held at the Newport Art Museum in Fall 2014 – early January 2015.

PD Packard is featured as a Spotlight Artist in artist and writer, Seth Apter’s book, The Mixed Media Artist: Art Tips, Tricks, Secrets and Dreams From Over 40 Amazing Artists, North Light Books, October 2013. Packard created two prints, Door Ask Listen and The Expression, specifically for the publication. In addition, Packard’s print, Door Ask Listen, became part of the permanent collection of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts in 2014.


Images copyright © PD Packard

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