The technique of woodblock printing
was brought to Japan from China in the eighth century.
is the earliest of all the printing methods, used in China for the world's first printed book in 868.
The papers collected in this volume embody the latest scholarship on the history of Chinese calligraphy, woodblock printing
, and papermaking, as well as on contemporary efforts to preserve China's important cultural and literary heritage.
Barrett suggests that her vow to produce millions of copies of this scripture, for distribution as relics across the realm, instigated the development of woodblock printing
. Tenuous and circumstantial by the author's own admission, this hypothesis has the advantage of connecting a number of events in the early history of printing: the mass reproduction of the same Great Spell, its use as a legitimizing relic by the Silla [668-892] and Nara [710-784] courts in eighth-century Korea and Japan, and the striking employment of printing metaphors by monks in Empress Wu's circle.
Paul Furneaux, a regular tutor at Northern Print, will host a Japanese woodblock printing
workshop in the studio on July 3 from 10am to 5pm, for which the fee is pounds 70 (pounds 63 concessions).
Visitors can get their hands dirty as they learn more about woodblock printing
and using Japanese paper.
Though little is known of its creation or sources, the World Map is a masterpiece of early woodblock printing
, produced on 12 individual sheets which, when placed together, show for the first time the New World separated from Asia and reveal the existence of the Pacific Ocean.
Japanese woodblock printing
in particular was a source of inspiration for artists from the art nouveau, aesthetic and European impressionist movements.
The laborious art of woodblock printing
had been practiced for centuries in Japan, but colors of the prints had previously tended to be muted, typically limited to neutral colors.
The traditional Indian craft of woodblock printing
is experiencing a rebirth in the hands of Bridgette Slattery, a San Francisco eyebrow artist by trade and up-and-coming designer by night.