2011 First International Mokuhanga Conference, Japan


IMC 2011 Conference Photos by April Vollmer

Post-Conference Papermaking at Awagami Paper Factory

The First International Mokuhanga Conference took place in Japan, June 7-12, 2011 in Kyoto and Awaji. The conference was a unique opportunity to meet artists from Japan and around the world who work with Japanese woodblock. This event was designed to generate a renewed interest in mokuhanga, preserving technical skills and bringing them into contemporary use. The conference brought together professional print artists, art educators and scholars in the field of woodblock printmaking to exchange current research information and experiences with Japanese traditional craftspeople including printmakers, tool makers, papermakers and other suppliers.

In addition to talks and demonstrations, the Mokuhanga Conference included an exhibition of the Board Members, an international mokuhanga exhibition, an artist’s print book exhibition, and a portfolio show. Other related events and woodblock print exhibitions in Kyoto during the conference are listed on the conference website.

Protectors, 2005, woodblock, 24 x 24 inch

More details of the conference are available at www.mokuhanga.jp

Protector, 2005, a mokuhanga woodblock was created at the Nagasawa Art Park, Japan was exhibited at the Nagasawa Art Park exhibition at the Kyoto Art Center at the First International Mokuhanga Conference.


Author: adminapril

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.