April Vollmer is a New York artist who studied mokuhanga after receiving her Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at Hunter College. Her work has been shown widely and she teaches Japanese woodblock regularly at the Lower East Side Printshop. She has participated in many residencies including the Nagasawa Art Park in Japan, and was on the board of the first and second International Mokuhanga Conferences. Her book "Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop" was released in 2015 by Watson-Guptill.
July 11 to 15, 2011
SUMMER Weeklong Intensive a Great Success!
Frogman’s Press & Gallery workshop at Warren M. Lee Center for Fine Arts at the University of South Dakota
Vermillion APRIL VOLLMER CLASS PHOTOS
MOKUHANGA, JAPANESE WOODCUT This class is an introduction to traditional Japanese woodblock printing for contemporary artists. Hanga woodcut is the water-based woodcut technique that evolved in Japan during the Edo period. Moku means wood and hanga can be translated as printmaking. The technique offers precise registration, bright, lightfast color, and requires no press or solvents. This workshop includes an historical overview of Japanese woodblock, and focuses on ways this technique can be useful to artists by helping them design, cut and print an edition of their own. The workshop includes the use and maintenance of Japanese cutting tools, the kento registration system, printing with a baren, the use of water-based pigments, and a discussion of washi, handmade Japanese paper.
APRIL VOLLMER April Vollmer earned her MFA in printmaking from Hunter College in 1983, and learned Japanese woodblock after she established her own studio in lower Manhattan. She traveled to Japan in the fall of 2004 to work with the Nagasawa Art Park woodcut program and she has taught workshops at Japan Society, the Lower East Side Printshop, Pyramid Atlantic, the Women’s Studio Workshop, Dieu Donne Papermill and many other locations. Each year Vollmer demonstrates Japanese woodblock at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Blossom Festival. In 2007 she had a major exhibition at the Steinhardt Gallery there. In 2008 she traveled to Belgrade, Serbia, for an exhibition of her woodcuts at the Faculty of Fine Arts. Her work has been published in journals including Science, Printmaking Today and Contemporary Impressions. For more information please visit www.aprilvollmer.com.
The mokuhanga portfolio presented at IMPACT 6 printmaking conference in Bristol, England, along with photos of the reunion of mokuhanga artists. This is the banquet where Keiko Kadota laid plans for the First International Mokuhanga Conference.
The conference exhibitions were at the Bower Ashton Campus, University of Western England
Richard helped Nel, Haruka and me (April) set up
Nel organized the portfolio and the exhibition
Stephen Hoskins, Director of the Centre for Fine Print Research, helped with a string guideline
He lined up the poetry text Henrik had printed on wood panels.
Richard Anderton with Nel and Haruka, almost done!
Surimono International 13 artists combined woodcut and poetry
Henrik Hey, Daniel Heyman, Kyoko Sakamoto
Kyoko Sakamoto , Eva Pietzcker, Nel Pak, April Vollmer
April Vollmer, Katie Baldwin, Hiroki Satake, Michael Reed
Michael Reed, Dariusz Kaca, Haruka Furusaka, Miriam Zegrer
Haruka Furusaka, Miriam Zegrer, Jens Bohr
April, Nel and Haruka at the hanging
The moku hanga group stayed at the hostel on the canal.
the hostel is a renovated warehouse in the harbor district
We all had English Breakfast together each morning.
first a trip from Bristol to Bath by train
Cindi, Daniel, Keiko and Miriam in Georgian Bath
Daniel and Eva in Bath Cathedral
Cindi, Eva, Keiko and Daniel touch the nice wood
We visited the famous Royal Circus of townhouses, then the Royal Crescent.
Keiko especially liked the old plane trees.
Cindi at the Royal Crescent, designed by John Wood the Younger and built before 1774
Bath is named for its baths, natch, Roman, Georgian and contempoary, we enjoyed all three.
Cindi, Teresa, Mary, eight printmakers all told took a bath in Bath.
Making fun of the photographer!
The restored Roman Bath
archeology reveals a combination of pagan and Roman ideas, this sun god is from the pediment of the temple
Minerva from inside the temple
The site was more extensive than I had realized.
You can see the cathedral from the Roman ruins.
Back to Bristol for the Conference!
The sun came out and the weather was beautiful!
Keiko with three from the Netherlands, in front of Bristol Council House.
The wine reception was at the Council House in the city center, where we met everyone.
Kavita Shah from India with Miriam Zegrer from Germany.
Nel Pak with two packs of Tourist Plugs to recharge our batteries.
Beautiful brickwork, this is the building where we had our reunion dinner.
Past participants in the Nagasawa program and friends met for a reunion dinner.
US, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands….
Food was great in Bristol.
The restaurant specialized in fish.
Keiko and Daniel
Afterwards, we met in the lobby of the Bristol Hotel
to discuss Keiko’s plans for a conference in Japan
Keiko wanted to confirm our interest in participating.
Nel considers a job with Hi-Impact cleaning for the IMPACT conference.
Initial presentations were at the Council House.
We had microphones to ask questions at each of the presentations.
Keiko with printmakers from all over the world.
Keiko and April in front of the cathedral
Marie Jeanne (Canada) came from Dublin, where she had a residency
coffee break in the Bristol cathedral
Keiko with coffee
I found my friend Inger Lise Rasmussen, from Denmark!
Nel and Inger Lise
coffee break was before noon service at the cathedral
Daniel with Wuon-Gean Ho
Nel and Kavita
Nel and Kavita in front of the cathedral
Buses picked us up in front of the Council House to take us to the University.
Dariusz and Keiko check the schedule.
East meets west at Bower Ashton, which was decorated with plaster casts (Keiko and Artemis)
Lunch in the grass, Nel, Haruka, Kari and Tuula (Netherlands, Japan and Finland)
Nel, Dariusz, Eva and Jacomin
People who live in Japan
Eva and Keiko view the exhibition for the first time
Daniel is impressed!
Henrik takes a picture.
Michael does moku hanga in Pennsylvania.
Nel and Anita Jensen, who had a show of digital work next door.
April and Nel
Nel and Anita
Miriam and Eva check out the show
Keiko and April in front of the exhibition
Dariusz, Daniel, Miriam, Nel and April
Keiko and Inger Lise enjoy Anita’s book work
organizing the exchange portfolios
Kari enjoyed seeing woodblocks.
Karla and Miriam
Dariusz, Nel and Deborah Cornell
Diane Fox and Teresa Jaynes check out the poster presentations
April Vollmer at April Katz’s poster presentation (with Deborah and Teresa)
her exchange portfolio involved collaboration between artists in different countries
Tuula Moilanen’s poster presentation was about reflections of time and eternity in Japanese woodblock
Debora congratulates Tuula
Tuula’s collection of Japanese prints
another poster presentation
Haruka met her old friend Maria
Individual artists were invited to present their own portfolios
Daniel with Cindi and Eva
Daniel and Jacomin
portraits of Iraqui torture victims
he sketched at trials
Daniel’s woodblock book
Eva’s images from Lake Superior
Miriam’s Portraits and Demons portfolio
her scarf was a woodblock of sorts
Miriam and Karla
Each group had an hour to display work
Haruka talks about her work
Karla asks about Henrik’s prints
Henrik’s birds and peanuts
Kari and Tuula stroll by
Karla, Dariusz and Henrik
Jacomin brought woodblock prints
Dariusz and Henrik exchange cards
Lots of action!
At the evening exhibitions Keiko foud the work of artists she knew.
A woodblock artist from the Nagasawa program made this print.
There were MANY shows.
Keiko at the show Michael Reed organized.
Keiko and April
impromptu meeting in the hallway
Kavita presented her project of 54 artists’ deck of cards.
April (upper middle) and Miriam and April Katz and Deborah Cornell participated.
April and April
a brief reception for the card show
Miriam and April
Miriam met up with old friends
and met new friends!
the entire university was filled with prints
Catherine Bebout organized a great talk, though there was never enough time to hear everyone!
Kari presented his research on wood for woodblock printing.
He showed a DVD about the technique.
Though his materials were stolen, he showed his cherry blocks, kept in his hand luggage.
Kari talked about wood and printing.
This is the print made from his blocks.
Shoichi Kitamura print, a contemporary master printer
with his book and some of the tools for printing
lots of interest
in the relief room
Nel with one of the cherry blocks
Nel and Haruka fooling around
Eva asks Kari about his research.
Cindi and Karla
The relief workshop at Bower Ashton
Nel, Miriam and April presented a gift portfolio to Keiko. (it was hard to organize everyone!)
printmakers from the US
printmakers from the Netherlands
Haruka, Nel and April with conference lunchbags
Jens Bohr joined us for just one day
Daniel showed his prints once more at the hostel
Keiko and April ready for the final banquet
at the Bristol Royal Marriot Hotel, very classy
Kari, Nel and Eva in the lounge
The moku hanga table at the banquet
Keiko had an opportunity to discuss her plans for a conference in Japan with Kari and Tuula
Tuula, Cindi and Henrik
Eva, Daniel, Nel and Haruka
Nel looks great in dots!
a lovely meal
I was happy to sit next to Keiko
and a bit sorry to leave Bristol’s floating harbor!
Nel Pak met me at the Bristol harbor with the exchange portfolio ready to show
The International Art Assembly in Visegrad, Republika Srpska, is distinctive for including a group of international printmakers. The residency, held each August, is one of main cultural events for the Visegrad region. A group of established printmakers from around the world are invited for this program to work in a variety of techniques and to demonstrate their approaches to one another and the general public. This printmaking workshop has become a wide-reaching opportunity to exchange ideas and to has grown into a significant contribution to the artistic, cultural and educational stimulation of the region. Local television stations and newspapers record film and interviews that are intended to heighten public awareness. The efforts of the printmakers are deeply appreciated by the people of the region.
I am grateful to the organizers for their invitation to Repubika Serpska, Bosnia, which faces difficult environmental, political and religious issues after the devastating ethnic wars of the 1990s. It was a thought provoking visit, made special by the strong connections between participating artists.
Belgium: Dragana Franssen Bojić
Denmark: Inger Lise Rasmussen, Ann-Dorte Nielsen, Bodil Sohn
Serbia: Biljana Vukovic, Ivana Stankovic
USA: April Vollmer, Susan Provost-Dubois
Square One Gallery
1 Union Square West,
New York, NY 10003
Square One Gallery was an informal gallery space in architectural offices at One Union Square West. Occasional exhibitions at the gallery represented a wide variety of artists from 2002 to 2009