'Times Burned Bright' Woodblock Print
Bonus content! You can watch a YouTube video revealing the creation of this print at this link.
This is a unique print in the Ukiyo-e Heroes collection. While many of our designs depict action and conflict, this piece instead features a quiet moment shared between friends. We hope this scene reminds you of happy memories of evenings spent with friends, sitting by a glowing fire.
The larger cartouche reads 日々月々年々漂 , which can be interpreted to mean 'we drift through, days months and years'.
The smaller cartouche reads 永久友 , which means 'friends for eternity'.
We created a very special video showing the creation of this print, which you can watch here.
This design requires many individual impressions to achieve a full range of color. David uses the finest quality of yamazakura (mountain cherry) to carve his printing blocks. The wood is capable of holding a very fine level of delicacy – every last detail is printed by the wood left standing, after the rest has been cut away.
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).