'The Serpent Strikes' Woodblock Print

This print incorporates some of the design and techniques from the end of the Ukiyo-e era in the early 1900s. Unlike conventional Ukiyo-e, which relied completely on solid outline and fill color, this image uses faint ink impressions to push the background into the distance. You can see similar effects in prints designed by Ogata Gekko and Mizuno Toshikata. (Some of Jed's favorite designers!)

This fine woodblock print was lovingly designed by Jed Henry, and hand-carved and printed in David Bull's Tokyo Workshop. The materials and techniques used are authentic to those employed centuries ago in old Edo.

 

The paper is handmade Echizen Hosho Washi, made by national living treasure, Iwano Ichibei IX. This is the exact same paper printers used over 200 years ago! You can see a video of Mr. Iwano at work here.

This print is in the traditional koban format – 7 x 9 inches (17.5 x 23 cm).

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