Mokuhanga Resources

Vollmer actively promotes cultural exchange through a study of mokuhanga, Japanese waterbased woodcut. She has taught many classes and given lectures on contemporary mokuhanga. She is on the advisory board of the International Mokuhanga Association.

International Mokuhanga Association meeting Hawaii 2017

The Fifth International Mokuhanga Conference will take place in the papermaking area of Echizen, Japan, from April 4 – 6, 2024
International Mokuhanga Association
International Mokuhanga Conference Youtube Channel

McClain’s Printmaking Supplies
Hiromi Paper International, Culver City, CA
Japanese Paper Place, Toronto, Canada
Paper Connection International, Providence, RI

Laitinen, Kari, Tuula Moilanen, & Antti Tanttu. The Art and Craft of Woodblock Printmaking, Woodblock Printmaking with Oil-based Inks and the Japanese Watercolor Woodcut, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, 1999. (can be purchased at McClain’s)
Salter, Rebecca. Japanese Woodblock Printing. Printmaking Handbooks, London, 2001.
Salter, Rebecca. Japanese Popular Prints. A&C Black, London, 2006.
Yoshida, Toshi and Yuki, Rei. Japanese Print-Making, A Handbook of Traditional & Modern Techniques, Charles Tuttle Co., 1966. (out of print)
Vollmer, April. Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, Watson-Guptill, 2015


MOKUHANGA CLASSES (selected independent workshops)
-In Japan
MI LAB Artist in Residence Program
Karuizawa Mokuhanga School
– In the US
Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Frogman’s Print Workshops
Zia Mays Printmaking
-More resources and information
McClain’s Printmaking Supplies Resource Index
Mokuhanga Sisters Collaborative

Salon Zürcher: 11 Women of Spirit, Part 7, 28th edition, New York

Salon Zürcher offers visitors an intimate alternative to the large-scale, superstore style fairs during the The Armory Show and Frieze in New York City and FIAC in Paris. Zürcher Gallery is located in New York’s NoHo / East Village neighborhood, in walking distance from the the New Museum, Lower East Side and TriBeCa art scenes. Since 2011, we have hosted 22 mini-art fairs between our two galleries, which have been major successes for all the exhibitors. The Salon has been covered in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Artnet News, Hyperallergic, Art Fag City, ArtNews GalleristNY, The Art Newspaper, Fine Art Magazine blog, Zingrecs,, Nyartbeat,, Arthaps, and more.

Press Release

Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop Book Publication

book cover

Three years in the writing, a lifetime in the making, Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop, A Modern Guide to an Ancient Art, by April Vollmer, was released by Watson-Guptill August 4, 2015. A comprehensive handbook of materials, techniques and resources the book is intended to make this waterbased technique accessible to contemporary artists.

Press Release
Penguin Random House Book Information
Book Review by Ralph Kiggell: Printmaking Today, Vol 25, 2016 Autumn Issue

Birds on the Edge: Collaboration and Change by April Vollmer

The California Printmaker: The Journal of the California Society of Printmakers
2023 Changing Gears Edition
Birds on the Edge: Collaboration and Change by April Vollmer
This article describes new collaborative projects developed during the pandemic while caregiving away from home.

Courtesy of California Society of Printmakers
Magazine available from the California Society of Printmakers

2013 Grabado y Edición – Mokuhanga Renaissance by April Vollmer

Migrating Gyre #6, 2008, mokuhanga woodcut on washi, 26 x 26 inches

Grabado y Edición is a bi-lingual Spanish/English review of new ideas in printmaking. My article on the history of mokuhanga begins with an historical overview from ukioyo-e prints to the individualist sosaku printmakers, ending with a discussion of international contemporary artists who use the technique for its flexibility. Illustrated with woodblock prints by Katie Baldwin, Mike Lyon, Michael Schneider, and myself.

Article: GrabadoMokuhangaRenaissance
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2012 Art in Print: Mokuhanga International


Mokuhanga International was published in Art in Print, Volume 2, Number 2, 2012. The article is a review of the current state of mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock technique, in contemporary art outside Japan. It includes a brief overview of the history starting with the famous Edo period ukiy0-e prints, through the eclipse of the technique during the 20th century, and then the current renewal of interest in the technique for creative artists.

Article: ArtinPrintVol2MokuhangaInternationalArticle

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Additional Publications

Floating Worlds, Review of Takuji Hamanaka mokuhanga. Ralph Kiggell, guest editor, Printmaking Today, Vol 26, 2017 Spring Issue.

The Age of the Artist: A Practical Guide for Making a Career Out of Making Art in the 21st Century. (chapter), book edited by Margaret Peot, North Light Books, 2010.

Mokuhanga – Japanese Woodblock Printing. Central Booking Magazine, Maddy Rosenberg editor, November, 2010.

Bridges, New York to Belgrade and Beyond. Contemporary Impressions, Journal of the American Print Alliance, Carol Pulin editor, Spring/Summer 2009, p 24-27.

Intersections of East and West, Contemporary Printmakers in Japan, Contemporary Impressions, Journal of the American Print Alliance, Carol Pulin editor, Spring 2005.

Printmaking as Alchemy: Etching, woodcut and digital printing as tools of transformation. Contemporary Impressions, Journal of the American Print Alliance, Carol Pulin editor, Spring 2003.

Roman Fugu (DNA)

Cover: SCIENCE – J. Amer. Assn. for the Advancement of Science, Vol.297, No.5585, 23 Aug 2002.

COVER Fugu rubripes, the poisonous but delicious Japanese pufferfish. The DNA sequence of the Fugu genome is especially useful because it lacks the “junk” sequences (which do not code for proteins) found in abundance in human DNA. [Woodcut print by April Vollmer]

Roman Fugu DNA Edition: hanga woodcut, 1997

Into Digital, Printmaking Today, Winter 2001, Vol. 10, No. 4

Hanga Woodcut Prints, illustrated. OIA Newsletter, Summer 2000

Digital Printing on Kozo Paper. World of Washi, Summer 2000, Vol. 6, No. 3

Moku Hanga: Traditional Japanese Woodcut. Printmaking Today, Winter 1998, Vol. 7, No. 4