(2006) ... a corner in a long two-hour program about foreigners working in traditional Japanese crafts. Some of the people were featured at great length, but I got just a few minutes. It was shot in my downstairs workshop on a grey cloudy day, and the lighting man wasn't prepared at all ... it's quite gloomy. But it does give a view of the printing process for my large scroll print ... (2 1/2 minutes ... 4.2Mb)
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Woodblock Prints in a Different Light
"Let me ask you a silly question: Have you ever seen a woodblock print before?" ukiyo-e printmaker David Bull asked me. "Of course you have. But do you know how to look at a woodblock print?" He held a postcard-sized print under the fluorescent light in his cluttered kitchen. "Is that a woodblock print, or is it printed by a machine, or is it a photograph? (1999)
World of Japanese Craftsmen: Printmaker David Bull
"Have you ever seen a woodblock print?" asked printmaker David Bull, with a twinkle in his eye. Up until that point, I thought had seen a fair few. He then turned off the light overhead and steered me toward the sunlight streaming through the window, putting one of his latest prints in my hands. Sure enough, what had seemed a lovely design under the harsh fluorescent lighting took on a new depth in the soft glow of the winter sunshine. The colors were richer, the fuzziness and subtle grain of the handmade paper was readily apparent and the impression left by the wood-blocks used to print the design could be seen to full advantage. (2001)
A Traditional Woodblock Printer
Surrounded by carving tools, brushes and bowls of
pigment, he spends hours absorbed in the exacting work that has
become both a passion and a ten-year project. A Canadian who moved to Tokyo in 1986, David Bull
has made an extensive effort to learn and practice woodblock
printmaking as it was mastered in Edo-era Japan. He is currently
producing a series of woodblock prints using designs by the famous
Ukiyo-e artist Katsukawa Shunsho. The theme is the 100 poets of old
Japan (Hyakunin Isshu) and in four years he has completed 40 of them.
He expects to finish the collection in 1998. (1992)