Hey all! Sorry once again for the random leave of absence. Summer vacation has finally hit in Japan, so I took off for a 5 day woodblock printing workshop in the famous Japanese handmade paper town, Echizen. Here’s a few sneak peeks at the adventures I had!
1) This poster, an advertisement for the Eiken Test (an English level test). Notice how Japanese learning English are cast as the traditional hero, Momotaro (check out an awesome interactive version of the story here), with his animal companions, while the native English speaker is cast as the giant blue scary demon (whom Momotaro fights in the original story). Oh, the understated irony. It alternately makes me cringe and laugh.
2) One of my finished prints from the workshop! I based it off my teacher’s t-shirt that had an illustration of a taiyaki on it (a fish shaped pancake filled with custard or other tasty things). Hopefully this will lead to a series of funny food prints!
3) This blackberry chocolate mousse cake. Because nothing finishes off a week of intense arts and crafts like a little chocolate. And the fact that you haven’t eaten a blackberry for 4 years!!
~MS the Younger