Originally commissioned by American Bungalow magazine, this "Cherry Blossoms" print was designed by Yoshiko Yamamoto and was printed letterpress on her Vandercook model 6.
The quote is from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It reads, “I hear the wind among the trees playing celestial symphonies” .
The block print frames are made by Dard Hunter Studios in Ohio using the quarter-sawn white oak. Mortise-and-tenon edges, Craftsman Oak finish, Loam Mat.
Edition size: 300
Mat size: 14" x 17".
Frame size: 17" x 20"
Based in the Pacific Northwest, The Arts & Crafts Press was founded in 1996 by Bruce Smith and Yoshiko Yamamoto. They specialize in crafting letterpress printed note cards and limited-edition block prints. They work with the belief that art is not an object, it is a way of life. They strive to create things of beauty by using head, heart, and hands.
Begun as a publishing house concerned with the historic Arts and Crafts movement, all the publications of The Arts and Crafts Press have been letterpress printed and bound by hand. Today the Press produces greeting cards and limited-edition blockprints that are letterpress printed from hand cut blocks inspired by the turn-of-the-century movement. All of the current note cards and prints are designed by Yoshiko Yamamoto.
See PBS's Craft In America segment on Yoshiko’s printing process here: https://youtu.be/96uOCoW1044
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