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Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon first batch is here!

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:12 PM, November 28, 2012 [Permalink]

With 'Gift Print' season now in full swing, I'm making daily trips to the post office with a backpack full of those little white padded envelopes - each one containing a beautiful little print:

Quite a large proportion of them this year are going directly to the recipient, rather than to the person ordering it. After a number of years of doing this, people have learned what our gifts are like, and now trust us to 'do the job' properly, and deliver a beautiful little item, and on time.

But it not just packages going out these days; now and then something special arrives!

And yesterday was one such day, with a package being hand-delivered. Inside?

It's the Fox Moon, and not just 'a' Fox Moon ... 150 of them!

Yes, the first main production batch of the prints is done. After a careful inspection, they'll be on their way to Jed next week for shipping out to the patiently waiting Kickstarter backers.

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And speaking of the Kickstarter backers, many of them have now received their copy of the Rickshaw Cart print, and comments are rolling in!

"Jed and Dave, My prints just arrived... I don't think I was prepared for how absolutely stunning they would look. They are amazing. I've backed many kickstarter projects and so far this has been the best reward by orders of magnitude. I will forever back any project in which either of you is involved."
"Just received the first of my 2 woodblock prints...Oh my god! It is truly wonderful, both the image and Dave's execution, which as a printmaker myself, I know is no small feat. Thanks again. This was a truly brilliant project."
"I received my Rickshaw Cart woodblock print not long ago! It's beautiful!!! ... the print is amazing and I can't wait for the others to arrive. ^_^ Keep up the great work!"
"Just got my Rickshaw Cart print! Beautifully printed and beautifully packaged. Congratulations again on such an incredible accomplishment and I look forward to buying them all!"





Added by: Jacques on November 29, 2012 6:42 AM

Your Fox Moon prints certainly look great.

What I don't understand is: why were these prints "send back" to you, the guy who is (responsible for) carving and printing them anyway?

Added by: Dave on November 29, 2012 8:14 AM

We've added Numabe-san to the printing crew for this job. I'm way behind in keeping people updated with all this - I have a bunch of video footage now in iMovie waiting for editing into the next Kickstarter update video, which I hope to get done over the coming weekend.

So all will be explained in a few days ...

Added by: Jacques on November 30, 2012 5:04 AM

Thanks Dave...

Wishing you all the best with these new hectic and stormy developments!

Added by: MIchael on December 1, 2012 10:42 PM

Hi Dave,
I'm enjoying very much the video updates your posting showing the production process.

If the Fox Moon print is being printed by several different printers does that mean it's possible there would be small varations in the print produced by the different printers?

I take it that Numabe-san is the printer for the Toshi Yoshida posthumous prints that are being produced theses days?

Regards, Mike.

Added by: Dave on December 2, 2012 12:39 AM

small variations ...

The quick and easy answer to this one is that we are pros at this, and our job is to make all our prints match the model copy as closely as possible - whether one person making a batch of xxx copies, or three people making the batches.

Fox Moon is still in production, so I can't show you yet how this works in practice, but the Rickshaw Cart print is now done (at least the Kickstarter backer copies are now all done). As soon as I can grab a free few minutes, I intend to make a post here showing side-by-side scans of copies from the three printers who made the bulk of the copies: myself, Numabe-san, and Tetsui-san, the young boy who did the work on the Senshafuda prints for me two years ago. You can play the 'spot the differences' game, but I can tell you right now that you'll be very hard pressed to find any!

the Toshi Yoshida posthumous prints that are being produced these days

Well, the operative word there should be were being, because that is why Numabe-san was available to do this work for me. This is discussed in the next update video that I am trying to get finished and updated: I shot a good part of it over at the Yoshida studio, where Numabe has his workbench ...


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