Monday, January 27, 2014

Chinese woodblock printmaking - video 1984

Found this short gem among the video library of the University of South Carolina. The film dates to 1984 and shows a group of woodblock printers at work.

Notice the huge difference between the brushes and baren used by the chinese printers versus the tools used by traditional Japanese printmakers. Also you can see that some of the printers are printing single sheets from a stack of paper while others use a technique were the sheets of paper are held/clamped to the desk at one end and the printer simply turns the sheets one at a time like pages in a big book.

To see the video go to: Chinese woodblock printmaking video

You can click on the enlarge button to see 'full screen'.

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