In the past few years, the English abstract artist Rebecca Salter has definitely made it. A 2011 solo show at the Yale Center for British Art, entitled “into the light of things”: works 1981-2010”, a major retrospective, included more than 150 works. She was elected a Royal Academician earlier this year. Her long involvement in Japanese art has produced two books which are the standard works in English: Japanese Woodblock Printing (2001) and Japanese Popular Prints (2006), both published by A & C Black. In this interview she talks about her extensive work in Japan interviewing craftsman involved in the woodblock process, and sets their work in the wider context. Over on theartsdesk, Sebastian Scotney finds out about her passion for these most involved and exquisite of crafts.