Colour woodblock print
I became interested in Japan when I visited the country in 1989 and this led to my choice of Japanese Studies at Sheffield University. Through my studies and subsequent visits I was introduced to the fascinating medium of the Japanese woodblock print and over the last few years I have begun to build a working knowledge of the methods, tools and materials involved in the process. My main resources for learning have been the Internet, books, and experimentation. The tradition in Japan was based on the division of labour between several craftsmen, each of whom were experts in their field – designer, carver, and printer each had their own distinct part to play in creating prints. It’s a bit different for me however, as from conception to final print I am the only person involved. For each print I have completed all the designing, analysing, carving and printing.