The Daiwa Foundation will be holding a Woodcut printing workshop on Saturday 3rd November from 2:00 – 4:00 in association with the ICN gallery. The workshop will be run by masters from the Adachi Institute of Woodcut Prints. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in Japanese art! You can find out more information on the workshop and how to book a place here.
Woodblock printing originated many many centuries ago in China. In Japan they started using the technique for illustrations and texts mainly for religious (Buddhism) purposes. It’s only in the late 16th century, that woodblock prints from Japan, as we know them today, came about. Prints of day to day life or pictures of the “floating world” (ukiyo-e) became more and more prominent. Pictures of the “floating world” often depicted nature, such as cherry blossoms, Fuji-san, or the moon, and also the world of entertainment, such as kabuki actors, courtesans and geishas. The concept of the “floating world”, seems to be that of fleeting beauty or a moment in time detached from the everyday.
Ukiyo-e is really a beautiful art form, so I’m definitely looking forward to this workshop. Here is a great website that’s collected pictures from famous artists like Kuniyoshi, Hokusai, Toyokuni and more: The Art of Japan.
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