Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Calling all woodcut artists!

Next year in Japan, there will be a woodblock/woodcut conference.  It is short notice, but there is a call for entries to exhibit at the conference.  I encourage everyone to apply!

          International Mokuhanga Conference in Japan 2011
Kyoto International Community House, June 8-12, 2011

Juried woodblock print exhibition open to international artists. All prints made in the waterbased mokuhanga tradition or with contemporary materials that reflect mokuhanga principles have priority. Also accepted are woodcuts with mixed techniques that carry some Japanese influence. Artists are requested to submit 1 work (or a set, in the case of a small series). Size of the paper should not exceed 80 x 60 cm (31” x 23”). JPEG images will be juried first. Submitted image should not exceed 1920 x1080 pixels, 72 dpi. Size limit is 1 MB. Submission is free.
Notification of acceptance: January 31, 2011
Deadline for receiving accepted artworks: April 30, 2011
Participation fee for those accepted:  6000 yen / 55 dollars / 50 euro
Send your application form and JPEG image by e-mail to IMC2011 Office: office@mokuhanga.jp
or post it with a photo of your artwork to:  IMC2011 Tokyo Office, P.O. Box 2061, Otemachi, Ginza Branch, 100-8799 JAPAN
In case of regular mail, please make sure that it must be postmarked by the application deadline.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Firefly Handmade Market this weekend!

I've been a busy elf making tea towels, cards and small prints for the Firefly Handmade Market this weekend.  Stop by to say hello, and buy some handmade gifts for yourself, and friends and family. My booth is number 42.  It will be a fun show!

Saturday's card workshop

I've been busy this week, but wanted to post some photos of the card workshop I held last Saturday in my studio. I had several returning students come to have cookies and cider while we laughed and made Christmas cards. We used linoleum instead of wood for faster and easier carving, and water based inks so they would dry in time for them to take them home. The cards came out great as you can see below.
Diana's snow flake in several colors

Kris's partridge

Larry's Madonna and child modeled after a Botticelli painting

Sabyl's trees printed on paper with little squares embedded in it

and without the squares


and on a patterned paper

Susan's abstract head

I had a lot of fun organizing this workshop, and I think the students did too.  This will have to become an annual event.