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December 7, 2004 > 'Geisha Secrets' Revealed

'Geisha Secrets' Revealed

by Venkat Raman

A fascination for Japanese woodblock printing led longtime Newark resident Adriane Dedic to creating her Geisha series of prints. She wanted to experiment with different techniques to produce pictures that were normally created by using the Japanese woodblock printing process. Etching is a specialty of Adriane's and she employs this technique in her art. Currently her Geisha series as well as other prints are on display at Borders Bookstore Cafè at the Fremont Hub shopping center through December.

Adriane studied Advertising Art at the University of Cincinnati and started her career as a fashion designer for a junior sportswear company. While still attending college, she created fashion designs and illustrations that appeared in Seventeen magazine, Mademoiselle and Women's Wear Daily. Soon afterward she moved to the Bay Area and has been here since. Adriane studied printmaking, etching, and stone lithography at California State University, Hayward. She has been an artist throughout her life, and has an impressive list of exhibitions and awards. Adriane is fully equipped to practice etching and has an etching press in her own studio.

The process for creating Japanese woodblock prints is quite elaborate and requires painstaking execution. In traditional woodblock technique, multiple blocks of wood are carved in such a way that collectively they produce the final image printed. Each block is dedicated to materializing one or more colors on the final print. She uses these blocks, one at a time, to print portions of the final image.

Instead of using woodblocks, Adriane uses etching to create the prints in her Geisha Secrets series. The final effect is different, but equally pleasing to the eye. This technique allows her to have very fine lines and still have multiple colors in the final print. The process is slow and tedious.

In addition to traditional techniques, Adriane uses more modern techniques of digital imaging and the use of computer software to embellish the basic prints. After preparing the basic print on paper, it is scanned into a computer and the resulting image is manipulated by using software like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. She not only touches up the scanned image, but also adds to it by using drawing software. A casual eye may not reveal the differences of the combined images.

Though she has had exhibitions outside the Bay Area, most of Adriane's displays have been here and her clientele, in addition to individuals that visit these events, have included corporations in Silicon Valley.
Adriane was the coordinator for the 6th Annual Newark Artists Open Studio held in November. This event is held every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving and features participating Newark artists who open their studios for drop-in visits by the general public. This year's event was covered in a prior TCV article that can be viewed on the web at In addition to the exhibit in Fremont, Adriane has some of her Geisha art displayed in the Nikkei Traditions gallery in San Jose's Japantown.

Adriane operates her studio in Newark and encourages anyone interested in art to visit her studio. For more information please visit or call (510) 794-3436.

Geisha Secrets Art Display
Dec. 1 - Dec. 31
Borders Book Store Cafè
Fremont Hub Shopping Center

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