Japanese Woodblock (ukiyo e) Printmaking with Texas Artist Daryl Howard
What are ukiyo e prints?
During the Edo Period (1615-1868), a uniquely Japanese art from developed known asukiyo-e, or "pictures of the floating world." A Buddhist concept, ukiyo originally suggested the sadness (uki) of life (yo).
It was Friday morning and my friend and I were primed for art making. The first workshop we attended was Daryl Howard's Japanese woodblock print making class. You know the space between nada and zip? That's how much I know about Japanese woodblock print making. I had no idea what the chunky wood thing was doing on the table but by the end of this workshop I was hooked. This seemingly primitive art tool holds limitless artistic possibilities that can only be cultivated by skilled hands and patience. The skilled hand part I got, it was patience I had to look for.
Howard took us on a short journey through her personal experience on how she learned about the process in Japan and came to master the medium. Before demonstrating she passed along wrapped examples of Japanese prints from her own collection. Soon it was time to display her skills to eager teachers on a gigantic screen behind her with superb video quality. This is what I got out of it:
Our finished product in 2 hours