Woodcut printing workshop

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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4 thoughts on “Woodcut printing workshop

  1. I am thinking why Japanese manga can drive the world crazy.
    Yesterday I was wandering in FNAC( a french digital shop). There is a manga area, su-ge!!!! o.0
    I can find any manga I know there, and lots of young french are sitting or standing there reading the mangas with undivided attention.
    Sometimes I can’t imagine how the japanese manga shares the same value with occidentals.
    I mean, for exemple, I am fond of KONAN (the detective), not only because it’s interesting but also I can find connection with it.

    Even some BL manga lol, I am surprised that so many french girls like BL manga(boy love). They like two asian boys entangled in love. o.0

    Japanese culture is too powerful.wow I can’t deny it.

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    1. Oh yes I remember going to la Fnac and reading manga as well! It’s exactly as you say, people sitting on the floor just reading for hours and hours. It still surprises me that the store doesn’t seem to mind at all.
      I think the thing about manga and anime is that even though they’re essentially cartoons, they cater to all age groups and to people’s different interests (for example BL lol). The stories can be quite deep, and that’s probably why more often than not they’re even turned into dramas and movies.
      But yeah I totally agree, it’s amazing that Japan’s culture of manga has gained such popularity in the west 🙂

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