The 2015 Gift Print
Each year as the gift season approaches, we select one of the designs from our catalogue, get the blocks out of the storeroom, and print up a batch specifically for this purpose. Our print this year is one that we have never offered here before; Dave used it as his personal New Year Gift Print some years back, but it has never been made available until now. It is a design he adapted from an old illustrated book by Katsushika Hokusai. It is a simple and clean design that shows the beauty of the Japanese paper to full effect ...
To make the print - which is standard Japanese 'postcard' size (15 x 11cm) - I carved the image onto blocks of mountain cherry, and myself and our staff then used fine quality hand-made Japanese paper to pull the impressions.
A special feature of this kind of print is the way that the printed lines get embossed into the paper. To see this in the way that the viewers of the old days did, one must turn off any overhead lighting and hold the print near a window or lamp. The light falling horizontally across the print will then highlight the embossments and allow the full texture of the beautiful Japanese paper to be enjoyed.
The gift prints are US$30 - including gift wrapping and packing as illustrated above.
We can mail to you, or directly to somebody on your behalf as a 'Gift from Japan'. The usual way is to include a slip of paper along the lines of: "For Ms. Happy Recipient, here is a small gift from Japan - sent to you at the request of Mr. Gift Sender", but of course we can use any message you wish to include. (At your choice, we can ship immediately upon receipt of the order, or can hold the package back and post it later for arrival in (say) mid-December.)
We have also printed up more copies of the images we have featured in the previous few years, a stylized Mt. Fuji, a pair of birds by Isoda Koryusai, a Meiji image of a young girl, and our very popular carp design by Katsushika Hokusai, and you can choose from these as well. Just select the appropriate quantities on the order form below.
Special Draw: Results of the draw held earlier this month for a number of free Gift Prints are now available. The draw was held by the folks at Random.org, and they have a page on their website where everybody can check to confirm their participation and the results (using the email address with which they placed their original order). Emails have also been sent out to all the winners.
If you like this idea of a woodblock print as a gift, but are looking for something a bit more substantial, please have a look at these ideas: