CfSHE Short term Mokuhanga and Craft Arts Workshop

INTRODUCTION

Center for the Science of Human Endeavor (CfSHE) and MI-LAB (Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory Artist-in-Residence) offers an opportunity to learn mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) as well as related crafts and Japanese traditional arts.
The programs are designed to enable international artists and not, to learn the fundamentals of mokuhanga and its related crafts within few 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, 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 Toshio Soyama or equivalent.

PROGRAM

*The program details/order may change by condition of the workshop.

5-Day / 4-Day Mokuhanga Workshop

The 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. You can also order the working tools at a discounted price to get your own.
1st day & 2nd day
– Introduction of mokuhanga and its tools and materials
– Tracing from the drawing and transferring it to the woodblock
– Carving instruction
– Paper preparation; how to dumpen papers
– (only for 5-Days program) 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 woodblock under the guidance
4th Day: working on 2nd/3rd image and printing 5/6 editions each
(only for 5-Days program) 5th Day: Working on 2nd/3rd image and printing 5/6 editions each

3-day Mokuhanga Workshop

The participants will produce a multi-colored print with a simple image. The instructor will support the participants to finish at least one complete Mokuhanga piece to learn the whole procedure.
1st day
– Introduction of mokuhanga and its tools and materials
– Tracing
– Carving instruction
– Paper preparation
2nd day
– Printing demonstration
– Printing instruction with one color
– How to use Baren
– Multi-color printing instruction
3rd day
– Carving and Printing under the guidance
– Carving and printing 5/6 editions each

Paper Mounting Workshop

The workshop offers 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 can bring your own sketches/drawing on paper for mounting.
Ura-uchi workshop lasts half a 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.

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.

SCHEDULE 2019

Number of attendees for each workshop: 3-5

・Mokuhanga – 3 days: 28 Mon – 30 Wed, October – Application deadline for early bird rate: September 29
*NEW*Mokuhanga – 3 days: 2 Sat – 4 Tue, November – Application deadline for early bird rate: October 3
・4-days Bookbinding (Japanese scroll, 4-holes book, folding book and Urauchi): 21 Thu – 24 Sun, November – Application deadline for early bird rate: October 22
・Mokuhanga – 5 days: 3 Tue – 7 Sat, December – Application deadline for early bird rate: November 4

PARTICIPATION FEE AFTER OCTOBER 2019

Early bird discount is applied to who completed application before each deadline.
3-days Mokuhanga workshop: 59,555 JPY + VAT 10% + PayPal Handling fee
4-days Mokuhanga workshop: 73,568 JPY + VAT 10% + PayPal Handling fee
5-days Mokuhanga workshop: 87,581 JPY + VAT 10% + PayPal Handling fee
4-days Bookbinding workshop: 73,320 JPY + Material fee 2,000 JPY + VAT 10% + PayPal Handling fee

The above prices include all the consumable materials and use of tools except some materials for Japanese scroll and Folding book 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).
If you would need further information or just inquiry, please send us message from contact form.

Please also contact us for general information from contact form.
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.


2016

5 days` Workshop ( September 27~October 1)

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