Framed Arts and Crafts Signed Limited Linolium Block Print by Yoshinko Yamamoto

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$ 469.00




THE KINDNESS of Ravens - Ravens are curious creatures. They are highly intelligent and act much like humans. A backyard companion, yet they have been bestowed with symbolic meanings in many cultures. Do you think they are the creator of this world, or the one who brought light to this world, or a mediator between the world of the dead and the living? Whatever image one might have, the group of ravens have been called "UNKINDNESS of ravens". Yoshiko Yamamoto created this blockprint, out of love toward these fascinating corvid friends, and so here her group of ravens are graciously called "THE KINDNESS of Ravens."

The print comes in our Loam mat: 16" x 34".

The size of rooftop frame: 20.75" x 41".

Made for us by Dard Hunter Studios.

Signed and Limited

 

Founded by Yoshiko Yamamoto & Bruce Smith, The Arts and Crafts Press is a small letterpress printing studio. 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 current note cards and prints are designed by Yoshiko Yamamoto.

Yoshiko loves working in the tradition of block printing that once flourished in her home country of Japan. She especially respects the belief that artwork should be based on sound craftsmanship, a creed that She has found reflected in the Arts and Crafts movement here in America, the other powerful influence on her work.

But yet, it is the Japanese sense of spontaneity that she keeps returning to, the idea that a work of art should capture a moment caught in time, a moment that holds the essence of why we live, whether it is in the rising grandeur of Mt. Rainier, or the fragility of a spider’s web spun across a branch of a tree.

A block print is a print made from handcut/machine cut blocks. Following the Japanese tradition, after pencil sketches and watercolor renditions, she carves the outline block by chisels. After the outline block is carved, she pulls the first image on a very thin sheet of paper, which then is turned upside down and pasted onto the multiple colors that she needs to carve.

When all the blocks are ready, then she takes each block and locks them into the antique printing presses. Yoshinko then hand mixes each color and print each color, using all the blocks that she prepared. She sometimes uses over 20 blocks to create the desired effect.

 

 

 

 


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