David's Choice video - episode #2

Posted by Dave Bull at 10:34 AM, March 24, 2017 [Permalink]

The next David's Choice video is now ready ... I try (fail?) to answer a common question asked by visitors to our Asakusa shop - "Are these prints originals?"


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David's Choice comes to video ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:29 AM, March 10, 2017 [Permalink]

Do you remember David's Choice? If you came to any of my Tokyo exhibitions back in the 2000s, you should remember that each show always had a 'corner' featuring prints from my own small print collection.

I selected prints that I thought were a bit interesting, for one reason or another, and put them on display with a very short explanation ...

This was always a very popular part of the shows, and I followed up by making an audio presentation of some of the items.

And now ... we have the next iteration, in video form. Here's the first experiment ... to be followed by more? It all depends on the reaction ...


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Doi collaboration video - Part 9

Posted by Dave Bull at 10:18 PM, March 3, 2017 [Permalink]


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A new Hasui print is almost ready ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 4:16 PM, January 7, 2017 [Permalink]

Here's a scan of a small Hasui print in my personal collection; it's about postcard size:


As far as I can tell, it seems to be a pre-war print, one from a group that the Watanabe Company made from his designs back then. It's quite a nice copy, and when I compare it to other impressions of the same design (over on ukiyo-e.org), I'm very pleased with it.

Hasui's work fell into the public domain (here in Japan) 50 years after his death (in 1957), so we are free to work with this, and have decided to prepare a new edition of this design.

I traced the key lines of our copy, then sent it to our young carver Kawasaki-san some months back. Once her key block was ready, I worked with our young printer Ayumi Ohashi to do a colour separation.

This was far from trivial, because without access to the original blocks, it is very difficult to tell how the colour overlays were constructed. But we thought we had it worked out well, and sent the colour blocks off to Kawasaki-san for carving.

They came back a short time ago, and Ayumi-san got busy with a proofing session. Once she was done she came to show me, and I could see she had a 'Good news - Bad news' face ...

Here's one of her proof copies, and I guess you can see why!

The good news is that for a first run-though on such a complex design, we have done very well ... this is almost 'there'. Perhaps the wall behind the lady needs to be lightened up a bit, and the green perhaps adjusted ... but overall, this is wonderful.

As for the bad news, well of course you can see it right away - somebody forgot to mark off one roof area on the appropriate colour block, and it got missed in the carving. (This was me, of course ...)

So what to do? Carve another block?

Nope ... just fix it ... time to get 'plugging'. Here's a photo set showing how I made the repair ...

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Message to Studio Ghibli

Posted by Dave Bull at 5:42 PM, September 17, 2016 [Permalink]

Hoping this video can be seen by the people at Ghibli who have say on licenses ...

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What are we doing ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:54 PM, August 22, 2016 [Permalink]

I don't know ... should I post about this, or just let it go ...

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Doi collaboration video - Part 8

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:29 PM, August 12, 2016 [Permalink]

The next Doi Hanga video is ready ...

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Paper Breakthrough?

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:57 PM, July 26, 2016 [Permalink]

We may have the answer to our paper problems!

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30 years!

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:19 AM, July 1, 2016 [Permalink]

Today - July 1 - is an anniversary day for me ... it's been exactly 30 years since I arrived in Japan! Here's the stamp they put in my passport that day ... they gave me permission for a 90 day stay!

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Doi collaboration video - Part 7

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:02 PM, June 30, 2016 [Permalink]

The Matsushima print is ready!

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Doi collaboration video - Part 6

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:58 PM, June 21, 2016 [Permalink]

Next video showing the printing progress on Matsushima is ready!

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Our first blocks!

Posted by Dave Bull at 1:04 PM, June 18, 2016 [Permalink]

... preparing our first self-made woodblocks ...

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