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The Unfinished Print is a podcast focused on the makers and those associated with the art of Japanese woodblock printing or mokuhanga. It’s a deep dive into the artists, gallery owners, and collectors of this unique art form. Through interviews Andre Zadorozny, himself a printmaker and academic, will explore what the art of mokuhanga means to so many people.

The Unfinished Print Andre Zadorozny

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The Unfinished Print is a podcast focused on the makers and those associated with the art of Japanese woodblock printing or mokuhanga. It’s a deep dive into the artists, gallery owners, and collectors of this unique art form. Through interviews Andre Zadorozny, himself a printmaker and academic, will explore what the art of mokuhanga means to so many people.

    Will Francis: Printmaker - When It’s Purpose Is Itself (Part 2)

    Will Francis: Printmaker - When It’s Purpose Is Itself (Part 2)

    Join me for the final part of my two part interview with printmaker Will Francis. What started as a discussion about pigments, used historically and currently in the world of mokuhanga, quickly  morphed into a lively discussion about what it means to be a mokuhanga artist in modern times. 


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    Show Notes: all links are hyperlinked. Just click!
    Will Francis: Patreon and website 
    cochineal pigment 
    Hokusai 36 Views of Mount Fuji 
    Prussian blue pigment 
     
    Natalie Stopka has a very good article written on her website regarding indigo pigment. 


    Shōzaburō Watanabe (1885-1945) - an entrepreneur and publisher who kicked off what would become one of the most significant chapters in mokuhanga history. It was his vision which brought together artists from the yōga and nihonga schools of Japanese art to help make woodblock prints in the ukiyo-e tradition. A fantastic book on the subject is Seven Masters: 20th Century Japanese Woodblock Prints from The Wells Collection. There is a detailed history of the shin-hanga movement and those involved.
    sepia pigment 
    ochre pigment - great article of earth pigments from ThoughtCo.
    Harunobu Suzuki (1725- 1770) One of the original nishiki-e printmakers. His prints would pave the way for many who would make and design prints in design and subject matter. 


    overprinting - this is a term coined for printing the same spot on a print over and over again to get the desired colour, depth and richness. 


    Lucy Morrish is Will Francis’ partner. She works on illuminated manuscripts and uses vellum for this work. Her work is spectacular. Her website will tell you everything you need to know regarding her process and her works. 


    shell gold pigment - article is from naturalpigments.com
    gouache pigment - great article on handprint.com
    Laura Boswell - printmaker based in the UK and is a teacher of Will Francis. You can find her work here, and her YouTube channel here. 

    sōsaku hanga - a style of mokuhanga which involves a more free approach to printmaking where one person does the design, carving, and printing in their own. Good article here from Ronin Gallery in NYC. 
    Hashiguchi Gōyō (1881-1921) - a yōga painter who transitioned to designing a single woodblock print for Watanabe and then designed on his own. His life was cut short at 40 by meningitis. He left a lasting legacy on the Japanese print through the design and construction of his work, especially with the design of images of women. 

    CMYK printing 
    Henri Matisse (1864-1954) - French artist who was arguably influenced by Japanese woodblock prints.  While although not officially connected to the Japonisme movement of the later 19th Century because of his age, Matisse did make the occasional woodcut as well as used the flat colouring of ukiyo-e for some of his work especially in his Paris period and his later years with his decoupage. 

    Shikō Munakata (1903-1975) - eccentric folk woodblock artist who in an almost free-hand manner created some of most fascinating mokuhanga of the 20th century. He also painted oils and in watercolour. 

    Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) - is the greatest artist associated with the woodblock print. His designs, for me, forever altered the way prints have been seen. His use of movement and his use of the five elements, especially for his triptychs, are powerful and electric. The decadence of his work only enhances the visual power of what can be done with the art form. 


    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) - one of the most famous woodblock artists Yoshitoshi’s powerful, grotesque, and bloody images have inspired tattoo culture in Japan and around the world. While Kunichika stayed within the boundaries of ukiyo-e, Yoshitoshi bent the rules an

    • 36 min
    Will Francis: Printmaker - It’s A Matter Of Consistency (Part 1)

    Will Francis: Printmaker - It’s A Matter Of Consistency (Part 1)

    In this first part of my multi-part episode with printmaker Will Francis we begin with a short introduction with Will about who he is, what he does, and his partnership with Jed Henry. 


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    Show Notes: all links are hyperlinked. Just click!
    Will Francis: Patreon and website 
    David Bull
    Jed Henry  
    Hokusai (1760-1849)- this hyper link will send you to the .org website of Hokusai’s complete works. 

    James A Michener (1907-1997) - a Pulitzer Prize winning writer, scholar and academic who wrote on Japanese prints, amongst many more topics, and worked with art historian Oliver Statler (1915-2002)
    bokashi - a style of gradation on woodblock prints using water and pigment. This technique gradually fades the pigments into emptiness. 

    Sigourney Weaver (b. 1949) and her character from the Alien franchise were made into a print called Unseen Fear, carved & printed by Will Francis and designed by Jed Henry. 


    practice blocks - I bring up the term “practice blocks” during my interview with Will because historically to practice one’s carving you would paste hanashita of specific lines and circles. These would be carved over and over again to practice your carving technique. It is still used today, albeit rarely, by artists such as Adrian Holmes, and Taran Eden Casey who have and currently post about it on their social media. 


    Echizen washi is a paper made in a specific part of Japan, in this case in Fukui prefecture. Please visit www.echizenwashi.jp/english for an amazing website dedicated to the making and history of this paper, as well as its geography, and social history. 
    opening credit background music: Born Under A Bad Sign by Albert King (1967)

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    • 20 min
    Cam Bailey: Printmaker - Memory and Reduction

    Cam Bailey: Printmaker - Memory and Reduction

    Join me on the second episode of The Unfinished Print podcast as I speak with New York based printmaker Cam Bailey. We discuss a myriad of topics, including how memory affects Cam’s approach to his print work, how the environment may push him to new heights and a detailed description of the reduction process. 

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    Show Notes: all links are hyperlinked. Just click!
    Cam Bailey website 
    Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop book by April Vollmer
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art Prints 
    Maryland Institute College of Art
    Shin-hanga definition (artlino.com)
    Moebius & Jean Giraud (iamag.co)
    Bijin-ga (美人画) 
    McClain’s art supplies 
    Kitaro Japanese paper 
    David Bull
    LUX Center for the Arts - Surface Impressions exhibition
    Woolwich Contemporary Art Fair 
    The Southern Reach Trilogy 
    WB Sebald
    Paul Binnie (catalogue)
    kentō registration system from McClains 
    Tsuruya Kōkei (弦屋光渓) from USC Pacific Asian Museum
    opening credit background music: the almighty Diggin’ In The Crates: Day One (instrumental)
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    • 32 min
    Cal Carlisle: Printmaker

    Cal Carlisle: Printmaker

    Welcome to The Unfinished Print Podcast! Here I delve into the world of modern Japanese woodblock print through its artists, curators, and collectors. On the first-ever Unfinished Print Podcast, I chat with Cleveland based printmaker Cal Carlisle on his work, his woodblock print journey and what makes him love printing so much.

    • 1 hr
    The Unfinished Print trailer

    The Unfinished Print trailer

    The trailer for the upcoming podcast The Unfinished Print. This is where the Japanese print, or moku hanga, is explored through its artists, dealers, and collectors. 

    • 48 sec

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Jimbo1818 ,

Excellent podcast!

I am very interested in Japanese woodblock printing. I have seen so much content relating to it online, but this podcast was refreshing, interesting, and I loved hearing the perspective from different artists that I had not heard a lot about before.

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