Martha Paynter

Loose Threads
20×40 monotype with stitching, 2018


My work is inspired by the Japanese aesthetic/spiritual principles of “Wabi-Sabi” — appreciation of nature, rustic simplicity, impermanence, imperfection, and intuition. I delight in the unpredictability of hand-pulled prints and I try to bring a sense of play to my art making. My prints are produced on a Takach etching press, working with non-toxic materials whenever possible, on fine art, handmade, Japanese, and recycled/repurposed paper, as well as non-traditional print surfaces.


Martha Paynter is a Massachusetts-based graphic designer who discovered a passion for printmaking over 25 years ago.  She currently serves as vice-president of MGNE. She has an ongoing collaboration with her Zea Mays Printmaking mentor, Lynn Peterfreund, and is a member of the Concord Center for the Visual Arts and Cambridge Art Association.