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David Bull - Woodblock Printmaker

The 2017 Gift Print

Our Gift Print for this year is a design we have freshly carved and printed, based on a nature print by Utagawa Hiroshige from the 1830s. We find it a very simple and clean design that shows the beauty of Japanese prints to full effect ... sparse composition, beautifully balanced, and with a good wide open area to enjoy the feeling of the hand-made washi paper.

Owl in Moonlight

To make the print - which is standard Japanese 'postcard' size (15 x 11cm) - Dave carved the image onto blocks of mountain cherry, and the Mokuhankan staff then used fine quality hand-made Japanese paper to pull the impressions.

About the Gift Prints ... (including video ...)

 

We have prepared a little folder for all the prints in this series ...

Folder with Japanese print

... with the print mounted carefully on a backboard, and accompanied by a short descriptive pamphlet giving some background.

The Japanese print inside its folder

The print package is slipped into an envelope ... which is wrapped in a traditional wrapping paper (pattern will vary)

Japanese traditional wrapping paper

It is mailed from Tokyo in a padded envelope with current Japanese commemorative stamps. (stamps will vary from package to package ...)

Japanese stamps

We make the prints completely by hand ... using the same tools and techniques used in the Edo days ...

Cutting the blocks ...

"Hi Dave - I thought you would like to see my daughter's (she has a Masters in Fine Art) comments to me after receiving her woodcut. To say the least she was excited..."

"DAD! Thank you so much for my print from Japan! You would not believe how immaculately packaged it was. I was blown away! The envelope and stamps and fonts were gorgeous. I opened that up, and the little package was origami-wrapped in BEAUTIFUL paper, then another little envelope, THEN a little booklet with the woodcut inside. OH MY GOSH! Where did you find this?! ... Thank you so so much! That was probably the most exciting thing I've ever gotten in the mail."

Sample gift print package
(after clicking, give it a moment to start streaming ...)
 

Price ...

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, our ever-popular Crane as Sunrise design, a stylized Mt. Fuji, some plum blossoms in moonlight, an imaginary landscape by Katsushika Hokusai, as well as his very popular carp design, and you can choose from these as well. Just select the appropriate quantities on the order form below.

Koryusai woodblock printTeisai Hokuba woodblock print
Mishima Shoso woodblock printImaginary Landscape
Katsushika Hokusai woodblock print

Mailing schedule: The Japanese post office has published this list of 'Guaranteed Mailing Dates' after which they feel that letters from Japan may not make it in time for Christmas arrival. I have no idea how accurate these are, or if they are being overly conservative.