The art of ancient woodblock printing with Alex Booker - September

Tickets: £90.00 (members £80.00)

Immerse yourself in a full day of woodblock printing using the oldest recorded printmaking techniques from Japan.

10:00 - 17:00

This 7 hour workshop will consist of producing woodcut prints within this ancient practice.

Stage 1 - The workshop will cover the use of hand tools to design, draw and cut woodblocks and explore the process of hand printing using barens and rollers on three types of paper.

Stage 2 - Delve a little deeper. You will be shown how to use multiple blocks and reduction cutting techniques to create more complex multicolour prints.

Alex will give a presentation on the history of woodblock printing, originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. The famous Ukiyo-e period in 19th century Japan, 20th century images from Mexico and the German Expressionists as well contemporary artists working in the medium today will be discussed and celebrated.

Tickets must be purchased in advance, please click this link to book your place.

Included in ticket price: All materials required to create your prints (2 x A4 Japanese Shina plywood blocks and individual mesh cutting mats, Japanese cutting tools, a selection of three papers including a Japanese Hosho paper, water based inks in various colours, pre-cut blocks of patterns and shapes, tracing paper and plenty of stationery for the day, tubes to take prints away). Entrance to Cass Sculpture Foundation on the day of the event, tea, coffee and biscuits.

To bring with you on the day: Alex recommends bringing anything that may inspire you or material that is part of an on-going project you might be working on, or just something visual that makes you happy. He often works with photographs, postcards, drawings, film stills and patterns.

About the workshop leader: Alex Booker is a print artist whose work has been exhibited internationally – including at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition in 2014. He runs the Booker Print House from his studios in Limehouse, where he explores the properties of ink and wood in an ongoing series of experimental works, often inspired by the sea, landscape and social history. During London Design Festival 2015, Alex led a workshop at the launch of the research studio Matter, using Morse code as a conceptual springboard for creating art.

Tickets are non-refundable unless the event is cancelled. Tickets must be booked via our website. Booking will close at 5pm the day before the event is due to take place.

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