Doi Hanga collaboration - Part 3

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:10 PM, February 10, 2016 [Permalink]


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Mashup?

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:10 PM, January 31, 2016 [Permalink]

I put 'mashup' as a title for this post, but I really had no idea what term to use ... Let me show you something that has happened here over the past couple of days, and you can then perhaps suggest something to me ...

First, here's a (bad) photo, snapped by one of our staffers this morning. Ayumi-san is in the background, doing you know what (!), and I was having an impromptu proofing session with a couple of guests from Hong Kong.

The session was pre-arranged. The couple had been here last week for a Print Party and after we had spent an hour or so together making that simple print, they let me know that they had brought some of their own prints with them.

Now I had known that they (a young couple from Hong Kong) were interested in woodblock printmaking, and knew that they were currently working with my friend Mr. Motoharu Asaka at his Takumi workshop. (He runs classes and teaches traditional printmaking, and we have sent quite a number of people over there over the past year or so ...)

But I wasn't prepared to see a comprehensive portfolio of prints that they had made together. They both work on each design, and once it's finalised, he carves a block set, and she then prints.

Most of the prints they showed me that day were quite nicely executed, but didn't really 'do' anything for me design-wise. But one item in their little stack of prints made me sit up and take notice ... and brought a huge smile to my face. I immediately started a conversation about getting this print into our shop, because I was sure that there would be other people interested in it too.

It turned out that they had only made one or two copies, and had then left the blocks back in Hong Kong, so there seemed no way to move forward, but I was really interested in this one, so pushed them to have the blocks sent here. "Let me know when they arrive, and let's have a proofing session together, to see how we might move this forward ..."

The blocks arrived the other day, so here we were this morning, having a go at it.


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Doi Hanga collaboration - Episode #2 video ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 1:06 PM, January 28, 2016 [Permalink]


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Next YouTube is up!

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:09 AM, January 22, 2016 [Permalink]


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Ukiyoe Heroes Portraits - update video

Posted by Dave Bull at 4:37 PM, December 21, 2015 [Permalink]

A video bringing an update on the upcoming Ukiyoe Heroes Portraits series ...

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Progressing ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:38 PM, December 12, 2015 [Permalink]

A quick peek into our printers' room ...

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Here we go again!

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:05 AM, December 4, 2015 [Permalink]

Introduction to the 3rd floor ...

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Feeling worn down? Prematurely old?

Posted by Dave Bull at 2:22 PM, November 28, 2015 [Permalink]

Looking at some prematurely 'old' blocks!

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Great Wave video … part fourteen

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:08 AM, November 14, 2015 [Permalink]

The next Great Wave video is ready ...

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Anniversaries ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:04 PM, November 4, 2015 [Permalink]

How Mokuhankan got started ...

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quote - IT'S HERE! - unquote

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:16 PM, October 7, 2015 [Permalink]

Yes, that's what I'm seeing in my email Inbox any number of times each day now … We've been shipping Great Wave prints bit by bit over the past couple of weeks, and they are now arriving at homes around the world.

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【 STORE STORY 】

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:44 AM, September 11, 2015 [Permalink]

A nice story on the blog published by Square, our credit card processor ...

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