CfSHE Mokuhanga Workshop

We are currently organizing 3 to 5 day 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 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.

The workshops will be led by Toshio Soyama and Tetsuo Soyama.

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
– Orientation and brief introduction of mokuhanga
– Tools and materials (Placing orders if requested)
– Working schedule, Tracing from the drawing and transferring it to the woodblock
– Carving instruction-1
– Paper preparation; how to dump papers
– Printing demonstration, Printing with one color
– Multi-color print
2nd day
Preparation of the image, Tracing from the drawing and transferring it to the woodblock.
– Carving instruction-2
– Carving
3rd day
– Carving
– Printing
4th Day
– Working on the second image
5th Day
– Working on the second image

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
– Introduction of mokuhanga and its tools and materials
– Basic hori (carving) and suri (printing) techniques using simple figures like square, triangles, and circles in various effects (Tsubushi-zuri, Goma-zuri, and Bokashi-zuri)
– Tracing from the image and transferring it to the woodblock
– Placing order of tools, if required
2nd day
– Carving
3rd day
– 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
– Basic hori (carving) and suri (printing) techniques using simple figures like square, triangles, and circles in various effects (Tsubushi-zuri, Goma-zuri, and Bokashi-zuri)
– Drawing for Ura-uchi
– Tracing from the drawing and transferring it to the woodblock
– Basic carving practice
– Placing order of tools, if any
2nd day
– Application of Ura-uchi to the participant’s own work
– Carving
3rd day
– Peeling off the Ura-uchi and Kesho-dachi (trimming)
– Printing and make final editions

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

All workshops are to be held in: CfSHE Gallery in Tokyo

SCHEDULE

3. Mokuhanga – 5 Days:
8th to 12th January, 2018
Fee: 92,600 JPY + VAT (100,000 JPY including VAT)
Number of attendees: 2-4
Application Deadline: 15 December, 2017
Selection Announcement: 18 December, 2017
Payment: Selected applicants will be asked to pay the amount by PayPal by 22 December, 2017.

4. Mokuhanga & Urauchi – 3 Days:
22nd to 24th January, 2018
Fee: 64,900 JPY + VAT (70,000 JPY including VAT)
Number of attendees: 2-4
Application Deadline: 15 December, 2017
Selection Announcement: 22 December, 2017
Payment: Selected applicants will be asked to pay the amount by PayPal by 4 January 2018.

5. Mokuhanga – 5 Days:
5th to 9th February, 2018
Fee: 92,600 JPY + VAT (100,000 JPY including VAT)
Number of attendees: 2-4
Application Deadline: 15 December, 2017
Selection Announcement: 22 December, 2017
Payment: Selected applicants will be asked to pay the amount by PayPal by 4 January 2018.

6. Mokuhanga & Urauchi – 3 Days:
19th to 21st February, 2018
Fee: 64,900 JPY + VAT (70,000 JPY including VAT)
Number of attendees: 2-4
Application Deadline: 5th January, 2018
Selection Announcement: 12th January, 2018
Payment: Selected applicants will be asked to pay the amount by PayPal by 26th January, 2018.

7. Mokuhanga – 5 Days:
2nd to 6th April, 2018
Fee: 92,600 JPY + VAT (100,000 JPY including VAT)
Number of attendees: 2-4
Application Deadline: 16th February, 2018
Selection Announcement: 23th February, 2018
Payment: Selected applicants will be asked to pay the amount by PayPal by 9th March, 2018.

NEW!8. Mokuhanga – 3 Days
14th to 16th May, 2018
Fee: 64,900 JPY + VAT (70,000 JPY including VAT)
Number of attendees:2-4
Application Deadline: 30 March 2018
Selection Announcement: 6 April 2018
Payment: Selected applicants will be asked to pay the amount by PayPal by 20 April 2018.

APPLICATION

These workshops will be held in Tokyo’s CfSHE Gallery. To apply for the course, please fill the form from 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:
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)
E-mail: infodesk(at)endeavor.or.jp
web: http://www.endeavor.or.jp/mi-lab/

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.