Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop
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.
A Continenal Divide, My Quarantine Year in Santa Cruz is a book about a year spent in pandemic isolation in Santa Cruz, photographing the birds and thinking about art history.
Book Review by Ralph Kiggell: Printmaking Today, Vol 25, 2016 Autumn Issue:
April Vollmer Review of Takuji Hamanaka mokuhanga: Printmaking Today, Vol 26, 2017 Spring Issue Takuji Hamanaka
The Mid America Print Council Volume 23, Numbers 1 & 2, 2015
The Global Print: practice, platform, and international springboard
Connecting through Printmaking: Mokuhanga and Japan
article by April Vollmer
Art in Print Blackout Announcement
New Edition Announcement: Blackout, 2013
Blackout was printed from only two blocks, but the small fern block was printed over twenty times to create the darkness around the light of the chandelier. Begun during the 2012 blackout of lower Manhattan during Hurricane Sandy, it was completed in 2013. Printed on Gozen washi.
Grabado y Edición is a bi-lingual Spanish/English review of new ideas in printmaking. This 2013 edition includes my article on the history of mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printing. It begins with an historical overview of the use of the technique from ukioyo-e prints of the 18th Century through the sosaku individualist printmakers of the early 20th Century and ends with a discussion of the wide range of international contemporary artists who recognize the technique for its flexibility. It is illustrated with woodblock prints by Katie Baldwin, Mike Lyon, Michael Schneider, and myself.
For a pdf of this seven page article: GrabadoMokuhangaRenaissance
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Art in Print: 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.
A PDF of the article can be seen here: ArtinPrintVol2MokuhangaInternationalArticle
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Graphic Impressions, the Newsletter of Southern Graphics Council International, Fall 2011, International Focus: First International Mokuhanga Conference in Kyoto and Awaji
Publication of April Vollmer’s article, an overview of the activities at the First International Mokuhanga Conference in June 2011 in Kyoto and Awaji, Japan.
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 in Central Booking Magazine, November, 2010
Bridges, New York to Belgrade and Beyond, Contemporary Impressions, Spring/Summer 2009, p 24-27.
Intersections of East and West, Contemporary Printmakers in Japan, Contemporary Impressions, Spring 2005.
Printmaking as Alchemy: Etching, woodcut and digital printing as tools of transformation, Contemporary Impressions, Spring 2003
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. 1301 [Woodcut print by April Vollmer]
Moku Hanga: Traditional Japanese Woodcut. Printmaking Today Winter 1998, Vol. 7, No. 4