For the second page listing my collection.
It’s been a crazy month for me: Spring Break (which was nice), then I blew out my shoulder from printing too much (I didn’t know I had rhomboid muscles… but after a week of intense pain, I sure do NOW!), and had an unrelated surgery from which I am now recouping with the help of some rather heavy meds. So, Dear Reader, I trust that I remain coherent…
Anyway, enough of that. Around 1993, before I mustered the courage to make woodblock prints, I collected them. It was great to see the prints in a reference book, but looking at the real thing has taught me a lot about color and printing techniques. As most of you know, woodblock prints are even more beautiful in the hand, the richness of the colors, embossing, and the details really come alive.
I believe these prints are first editions ranging from 1836 to 2003 and cover ukiyo-e > shin hanga > sosaku hanga movements > the modern day. It’s admittedly heavy with Hiroshi Yoshida who’s “My Main Man”. Don’t worry, Hasui- you’re cool too…
So this is March’s entry. I hope the next article will have a bit more content- but until then, I do hope you enjoy the selection below.
Also, here is a link to Tanuki Print’s Pinterest Woodblock Image Encyclopedia.
Oh, and in case you were wondering- here’s a listing of Japanese woodblock print sizes: