A Collaboration between Kawanabe Kyosai ...
and Jed Henry!
Do Yokai still exist in Japan?
To quote from Wikipedia - "Yōkai are a class of supernatural monsters, spirits and demons in Japanese folklore. ... Yōkai range eclectically from the malevolent to the mischievous, or occasionally bring good fortune to those who encounter them."
Back in the old days people were of course quite sure that such creatures actually existed, but in our 'enlightened' modern times, we are less confident. Designer Jed Henry isn't going to let that stop him though. He posed the questions, "Where might we find yokai in our modern society, and how would they terrorize us?"
Well, we're about to find out. Over the course of 2017, our workshop will create a set of 24 interesting woodblock prints: 12 images drawn by the Meiji-era designer Kawanabe Kyosai, and 12 created by Jed in answer to those questions.
The prints will be sent out to waiting subscribers at the pace of two each month (the Kyosai reproduction on the 1st of each month, and the Henry original on the 15th.)
The prints are being made in the Japanese traditional hagaki size: 11 x 15 cm (approximately 4.5 x 6 inches), and are all completely hand-carved and hand-printed.
Please take a look (below) at the prints made so far, and we hope you will consider joining us for the adventure!
The Set of Prints ...
|Print #1 : 'Elephantine Yokai'|
from the 'Elephantine Yokai'"
|Print #2 : 'Wrong Answer Yokai'|
perhaps they had been haunted by the 'Wrong Answer Yokai'"
|Print #3 : 'Running Fan Yokai'|
|Print #4 : 'Bakeneko'|
|Print #5 : 'Blue Priest'|
|Print #6 : 'Headlight Horror Yokai'|
The prints will arrive in your mailbox secure in a strong envelope (with stiffener), but as they build up on your desk every couple of weeks, you are going to need a way to store them. We have prepared a small storage binder to go along with this print set.
The binder is a compact 'Clear File', which we source here in Japan, and which the maker claims is 'Archival Safe and 100% Acid free'. It has enough double pockets for the complete print set, the accompanying descriptive sheets, and a Table of Contents.
Under raking light, the wonderful paper texture is clearly visible ... (click for a closeup) ... these are beautiful objects!
We hope you will join us for this interesting project!