So happy to be part of "In confinement", Mokuhanga...which gave me a reason to explore new ideas and inspiration during lockdown.
The idea for the Graphic Print Gallery online show came from discussions with studio members, and Kate MacDonagh in particular, who has been teaching Mokuhanga to some of our members over the past few years, many of whom will present work at the International Mokuhanga Conference in Nara, Japan next year. Four of our members have also studied Mokuhanga in Japan at the internationally recognised centre of excellence; MI-Lab, including Kate MacDonagh, Ann Kavanagh, Vaida Varnagiene and Susan Mannion.
Unlike most printmaking techniques, Mokuhanga does not require a printing press - instead a baren is used, to apply pressure to Japanese washi paper, meaning these works could be made in this period of confinement, when most printmaking artists do not have access to a studio space. It is with pleasure that we share their work from home with you!