CfSHE Short term Mokuhanga and Craft Arts Workshop

INTRODUCTION

Center for the Science of Human Endeavor (CfSHE) offers an opportunity to learn mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) as well as related crafts and Japanese traditional arts.
It is a new project of CfSHE and MI-LAB (Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory Artist-in-Residence) which has, for the last thirty years, worked on the global dissemination of mokuhanga. The programs are designed to enable international artists and not, to learn the fundamentals of mokuhanga and its related crafts within three or five days.
The programs provide practical instruction as well as the introduction of theory and methods, knowledge about tools, and their history. We promise to the artists the encounters with new expressive methods, which we hope will contribute to their future practice. Some courses also provide the guidance of Ura-uchi (paper mounting) technique.
Number of attendees is limited to 4, which allows instructor to support each participant’s study carefully. It means that at the end of the course Mokuhanga beginner will enjoy meeting and working on introductive Mokuhanga with its cultural backgroud, and Mokuhanga artists with experience will deepen their skill and find out solution to problems in their own study.

The workshops will be led by Tetsuo Soyama.

2017/2018 PROGRAM

5-Day Mokuhanga Workshop

In this workshop participants will produce a multi-colored print in two or three colors. We will also provide information about mokuhanga suppliers, exhibitions and shops so that you can enjoy the wealth of culture and creativity in Tokyo.
1st day & 2nd day
– Orientation and introduction of mokuhanga
– Tools and materials (Placing orders if requested)
– Tracing from the drawing and transferring it to the woodblock
– Carving instruction
– Paper preparation; how to dump papers
– Printing demonstration in various effects (Tsubushi-zuri, Goma-zuri, and Bokashi-zuri)
– Printing instruction with one color
– How to use Baren
– Multi-color printing instruction
3rd day: proceeding with 2nd/3rd woodblock under the guidance
4th Day: working on 2nd/3rd image and printing 5/6 editions each
5th Day: Working on 2nd/3rd image and printing 5/6 editions each

3-day Mokuhanga Workshop

In this workshop participants will produce a multi-colored print with a simple image. While this workshop has a similar structure to the five-day program, we will have less time for independent practice.
1st day
– Brief introduction of mokuhanga and its tools and materials (Placing order of tools, if required)
– Basic carving and printing techniques instruction using simple figures in various effects
– Tracing from the image and transferring it to the woodblock
2nd day
– Carving and Printing under the guidance
– proceeding with 2nd/3rd woodblock under the guidance
3rd day
– Carving and printing 5/6 editions each

3-Day Mokuhanga & Paper Mounting Workshop

This workshop offers an introduction to mokuhanga and the closely entwined technique of paper mounting (Ura-uchi). Paper mounting enables better conservation and presentation of work on paper. Learning the technique also enriches the understanding of water-based printing and the characteristics of washi.
*Participants will be requested to bring your own sketches for mounting.
1st day
– Introduction of mokuhanga, its tools and materials, and Washi and Ura-uchi (placing order of tools if required)
– Basic carving and printing techniques instruction using simple figures in various effects (Tsubushi-zuri, Goma-zuri, and Bokashi-zuri)
– Drawing for Ura-uchi, if required
– Tracing from the drawing and transferring it to the woodblock
– Basic carving practice
2nd day
– Application of Ura-uchi to the participant’s own work
– Carving under the guidance
3rd day
– Peeling off the Ura-uchi and Kesho-dachi (trimming)
– Printing and make final editions

(NEW!) 3-Day Japanese scroll & Paper Mounting Workshop

Makimono, the Japanese scroll is the oldest Japanese form of book made of paper, known as ones for letter or old narrative. Kakejiku, scroll of framed art, is also a type of Makimono. Learning this material will help you not only to feel close to the Japanese old culture and old people’s sensibility and attention to materials and tools, but to give some new inspiration to contemporary printmaking (and not) artists.
Paper mounting (Ura-uchi) enables better conservation and presentation of work on paper. Learning the technique also enriches the understanding of water-based printing and the characteristics of washi.
Beginners, artist, and all types of printmakers are welcome.
*Participants will be requested to bring your own sketches for mounting.
*Extra materials should be purchased other than the participation fee.

1st day
– Lecture on Makimono: around Japanese book forms, framing technique and its story
– Practice of Urauchi with your own art work
– Making dowel of Makimono
– Ura-uchi on two covers (beginning and ending part) and Makimono’s interior pages
2nd day
– Making opening handle of Makimono
– Making the ending part of Makimono to stick to the dowel
3rd day
– Combining interior pages
– Sticking pages to both covers
– Attaching closing string to Makimono
Schedule of 2018’s Japanese scroll & Paper Mounting workshop
10 – 12 September, 2018

(NEW!) 3-Day Folding book & 4-holes bookbinding & Paper Mounting Workshop

Ori-Hon, Japanese folding book, was invented after Makimono folding the inside papers, making them in a shape of multiple panels and attaching hard cover pages. Now it is commonly used as Goshuin-cho, seal-collecting book for people at a pilgrimage to shrines. It can be made with almost any type of papers or fabrics as cover.
Yotsume-Toji-Hon, Japanese four-holes bookbinding is old, but convenient, firm and ecologic method to make books. It can be learned just like sawing, and then you can enjoy decorating with thread on the cover. You can also make your book with preferred paper as cover.
*Extra materials should be purchased other than the participation fee.

1st day
– History about Japanese paper, books and mounting technique
– Making covers and pages of Yotsume-Toji-Hon
– Making holes to be bound, and sawing with thread
– Tour or guide to traditional paper stores to get preferred papers as cover
2nd day
– Applying Ura-uchi to the papers as cover of Ori-Hon
– Making inside pages and hard cover
3rd day
– Making covers with paper previously mounted
– Gluing covers with trimmed pages
– Making titles and/or Ori-Hon holder
Schedule of 2018’s Folding book & 4-holes bookbinding & Paper Mounting workshop is under planning.

*The program of each day is subject to be reviewed.

SCHEDULE

Number of attendees for each workshop: 2-4

14. Mokuhanga – 5 Days: 12-16 August 2018 – Application Deadline: 3 August 2018
NEW!15. Japanese scroll & Paper mounting – 3 Days: 10-12 September 2018 – Application Deadline: 31 July 2018
16. Mokuhanga – 5 Days: 17-21 September 2018 – Application Deadline: 7 September 2018
17. Mokuhanga – 5 Days: 8-12 October 2018 – Application Deadline: 28 September 2018
18. Mokuhanga – 3 Days: 15-17 October 2018 *The content is subject to be changed
19. Mokuhanga – 3 Days: 14-16 November 2018
20. Mokuhanga – 5 Days: 26-30 November 2018
21. Mokuhanga & Urauchi – 3 Days: 3-5 December 2018 *The content is subject to be changed
22. Mokuhanga – 3 Days: 10-14 December 2018

PARTICIPATION FEE

3-DAYS WORKSHOP: 64,900 JPY + VAT + PayPal handling fee
5-DAYS WORKSHOP: 92,600 JPY + VAT + PayPal handling fee
The above prices include all the consumable materials and use of tools except some materials for Japanese scroll, Folding book and 4-holes bookbinding Workshop. Extra materials will be informed at the reservation.

VENUE AND APPLICATION

These workshops will be held in Tokyo’s CfSHE Gallery at working hour 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (lunch time: at 12 to 1 p.m.) each day. To apply for the course, please fill the form here (open application form in new tab).
*PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INDICATED FEE COULD VARY DEPENDING ON THE FINAL NUMBER OF THE ATTENDEES
Please also contact us by e-mail for further information from here.
CfSHE Gallery
Arts Chiyoda 3331 B109
11-14, 6-chome, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 101-0021
TEL: +81-050-3304-9001 (13:00-17:00 UTC +9 only)

ABOUT INSTRUCTORS

Toshio Soyama
Toshio became interested in American Pop Art and printmaking technique while working as a graphic designer. In 1977, he became a printer of Fuji Art Printmaking Studio and specialized lithography and copperplate printing. He established the Fuji Graphics Printmaking Workshop in 1983 and printed for a number of prominent artists both from Japan and abroad, by silkscreen, lithography and copperplate printing. In 1983, he printed Toshio Arimoto’s publication “Issen Ichibyou Monogatari” and mokuhanga prints. In 1988, he invited Chicago based artist Ghita Hardimon to organize a Viscosity Printing workshop. In 2017, he established FUJI PRINT ART LAB for printing, workshop, teaching and research.

Tetsuo Soyama
From 1972 to 1982, Tetsuo apprenticed to a printer Saito Kusuo at silk-screen workshop Saito Process and studied printmaking techniques including sliding, plate making, and photos through working with artists, designers, photographers and textile artists. In 1984, he co-founded Fuji Graphics Printmaking Studio in Tokyo with his brother Toshio Soyama, with whom he has printed for a number of international projects and commissions from high-profiled artists and designers. Through collaborating with artists with strong characters, he researched printing, plate-making, printing paper, ink and so on. His research particularly focused on paper and visited both European and Japanese papermakers from 1985 onward. He also studied washi, mokuhanga, paper mounting, bookbinding. He is currently teaching mokuhanga, paper backing, Japanese bookbinding techniques at MI-LAB.


2016

5 days` Workshop ( September 27~October 1)

Yezid Vergara Gonzalez and Christine Dürr are participated in the workshop.