Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Korean Woodblock Printing

At the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum in Yongin-si Korea students and tourists can participate in traditional Korean Woodblock printing. It's a lot of fun, and makes for a great souvenir. It's all free, except for the paper which costs about 40 cents a sheet.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Japanese Woodblock class

Today we bring you two video clips from a Japanese woodblock printmaking class or demonstration. Not sure who the teacher is only that the videos were uploaded on June 2010. Normally we see Japanese printmakers teaching 'foreigners' and I thought it interesting to see a different aspect of it.

I hope your Japanese is up to speed !

If anyone knows who is teaching the class or has any other related info please post a comment or send me an email in the Baren forum.

Part 1
There are some interesting tips on bokashi (gradation printing): At 3:10-3:25 in the video; notice how he tilts the brush toward the red or toward the orange side of the block as to keep the colors separate and not muddy up the bokashi. Also at 5:00-7:00 he demonstrates ue of water and nori paste to achieve yet another bokashi technique.
There is a second video clip of the same class at Part 2

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Back in 2001 shortly after the September 11th attack members of Baren got together and dedicated a special exchange of prints to the victims. The Firemen's Print exchange was exhibited in a number of locations across the United States and sales from the prints were donated to the NYC Firemen's fund. A complete folio of the prints reside in the permanent art collection of the New York Public Library.

You can see all the prints by clicking here

Artist: Lezle Williams

Artist: Carol Lyons

Artist: Georga Garside

Artist: Gayle Wohlken

You can see all the prints by clicking here

Friday, September 7, 2012

Printmaker - Nana Shiomi

Continuing with our 'British printmakers' theme; here is a demonstration video(s) featuring printmaker Nana Shiomi. She combines woodblock relief and intaglio to make some outstanding prints. Not to be missed and of particular interest to me is her registration technique which uses the traditional kento but with a twist.

Make sure to visit her website for a wealth of information about her works, technique and printmaking background.

Excerpt from YouTube:
"Nana Shiomi is an extraordinary artist-printmaker who studied at the Royal College of Art from 1989-1991 and subsequently has gone on to a strong career exhibiting her own work and teaching.

She demonstrates her unique combination relief/intaglio water-based woodcut printmaking, rooted in the traditional methods of Japanese ukiyoe woodblock printmaking. These two videos are excerpts from her demonstration where we were fortunate enough to spend an afternoon watching her work at Double Elephant Print Workshop in Exeter, Devon. This was during the period that she had a show at The Brook Gallery in Budleigh Salterton, Devon."


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Thomas Bewick and woodblock engraving

Found this neat video from the Natural History Museum in London England featuring Beckwith and his work.

"Wood-block printing using engraved boxwood revolutionised the illustration of natural history in the early 19th century. The work of Thomas Bewick showed how detailed and accurate images could be printed more cheaply than ever before."

Find out more about the Images of Nature gallery at the Museum:http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit-us/galleries/blue-zone/images-nature-gallery/index