Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop Book Publication

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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.

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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


2023 Platemark Interview
In Platemark s3e29, host Ann Shafer speaks with April Vollmer, an artist working in mokuhanga (Japanese color woodblock printing), who also wrote the indispensable guide to that form: Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop (Berkeley: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2015).

Platemark Interview

2023 Animation Collaboration with Susan Rostow
A collaborative stop motion animation created at Pioneer Works, Second Sunday, April 9, 2023, held in conjunction with On the Waterfront: A View from the Coast (Line), a CENTRAL BOOKING exhibition in collaboration with the New-York Historical Society.

Susan Rostow collaborative stop action

2023 Gurshtein, Ksenya, “Artist Talk: April Vollmer | Looking Forward: The Continuing Relevance of Japanese Printmaking,” Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas, April 4, 2023

Powerpoint opening image
phone capture of talk at Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS

2022 Zadorozny, André, “April Vollmer – Printmaker: The Balance of Paste, Water, and Colour,” (podcast) Interview with April Vollmer about her history with mokuhanga. The Unfinished Print, Popular Wheat Productions, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 3, 2022

2022 Crites, Alison, Manager of Exhibitions, “Mokuhanga Stories, Four Artists,” The World Between the Block and the Paper Exhibition (video documentation), Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT, February 25, 2022

2022 Four Artists at Southern Vermont Art Center

2021 Kiggell, Ralph, Acting Chair, “The Evolution of Mokuhanga Since 2015 Publication of Book,” (conference presentation) Sumi Fusion, Fourth International Mokuhanga Conference, Nara, Japan, Dec 3, 2021

April Vollmer presentation 2021 IMC Nara

2019 Hiratsuke, Yuji, Art Professor, “Visiting Artist Lecture: April Vollmer,” (videotaped talk), Oregon State Visiting Artists and Scholars Series, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, January 24, 2019

2017 Morinoue, Hiroki and Setsuke, Chairs, “Bridge-Building, Mokuhanga goes International, Mokuhanga Programs of Keiko Kadota,” (conference presentation) Beauty of Mokuhanga, Discipline and Sensibility, Third International Mokuhanga Conference, University of Hawaii Manoa, Honolulu, HI, Sept 30, 2017

2019 Mary Hood organizer, with Melanie Mowinski and April Vollmer, “Slowness Portfolio,” SLOW, a Symposium in Praxis & Theory MASS MoCA. Presentation about my woodcut print The Architecture of Desire, North Adams, MA, November 1, 2019 (not recorded)

Vollmer Mass MOCA presentation
Architecture of Desire introductory image for presentation at Mass MOCA 2019