Mokuhanga: from traditional to laser-cut imagery – R0808-17

Date: Jul 24 - 28, 2017

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Yoonmi Nam

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Papers provided by Awagami


Leap from traditional to contemporary in this exploratory workshop that examines the possibilities of Japanese-style water-based woodblock printing. Mokuhanga is a nontoxic process and does not require a press to print. Visually, it has potential for creating both precise and exact marks as well as expressive and painterly impressions. We cover basic techniques such as those used in making traditional Ukiyo-e prints as well as explore other approaches including using a laser cutter. Examinations and discussions about cultural references and ideas relevant to Japanese woodblock printing are also an important component of this workshop. Students go home at the end of the week with a collection of hand-made prints.

Media & Techniques:

Participants create multi-color prints using traditional Japanese carving and printing techniques, including using a Hangi-to (carving knife), hand printing using a baren, and using a traditional kento registration method. Use of the laser cutter is introduced as an alternative to hand carving.


We begin with a demonstration of the entire process from carving to printing. Individual aspects of the process and materials are discussed, such as tools, papers, paper sizing, tool sharpening methods, pigments and more. Conversations and discussions occur throughout the week, and there is ample studio time.


Yoonmi Nam received her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work considers cross-cultural experience and a sense of transience through prints, installations and drawings. She is Associate Professor of Art at the University of Kansas.


Yoonmi Nam, Pop Corn! (detail)

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