A Residency in Japan to Learn Woodblock Printing

by Kate Desforges in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

A Residency in Japan to Learn Woodblock Printing
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On 8th April 2018 we successfully raised £651 with 21 supporters in 35 days

This spring I will be spending 5 weeks in Japan learning 'Mokuhanga', and I am aiming to raise funds to help with associated costs.

by Kate Desforges in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England

My Project

This Spring I will spend 5 weeks in Japan learning the traditional art of Japanese Woodblock Printing. Pledge to support my artist residency in Japan, and share this unique experience with me by owning an original piece of art created during the residency, or even learning the technique yourself! 

About me

Hello! My name is Kate Desforges. I'm an artist and printmaker based in Leeds, UK. I create handmade, original contemporary prints and artist books. I am the Print Studio Co-ordinator at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, and in addition I am a freelance Art Educator working across the north of England. Find out more about me and my work on my website: www.kathryndesforges.co.uk and keep up-to-date with my project through my blog: https://katedesforges.wordpress.com/

Project Details

This spring I have been invited to spend a five week residency in Japan learning 'Mokuhanga' - the art of Japanese water-based woodblock Printing - at the Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (Mi-LAB), Lake Kawaguchi, Japan. The residency runs from 22nd April - 26th May 2018, and is designed to provide extensive knowledge of Mokuhanga and its techniques to international artists, printmakers and teachers of printmaking, as well as to enable them to make use of traditional tools and materials.

This amazing opportunity will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to learn this ancient technique from Japanese master printmakers. It will offer me dedicated time and space to create new work, and equip me with the skills to teach others when I return.

During the residency I intend to create work which develops and builds on inherent themes which run through my current art practice - drawing attention to the ordinary, overlooked areas of everyday life. However, I plan to keep an open mind, and let the process guide me, and I am so excited to see what happens! 

MI-LAB will showcase the resulting prints after the residency in an exhibition at the CfSHE (Centre for the Science of Human Endeavor) in Tokyo. The work I produce will also be shown in the UK during summer 2018 in exhibitions at West Yorkshire Print Workshop, and at Zillah Bell gallery in Thirsk. I intend to offer workshops, demonstrations, and individual tuition sessions from summer 2018 onwards.

Why I am asking for your money

I estimate that the whole trip will cost me £3500-£4000. Huge thanks to West Yorkshire Print Workshop, who have already kindly offered me a bursary of £500 towards to the project, which will cover a portion of the residency fee. Apart from this, I am self-funding the project, and any money I raise through Crowdfunder will go towards the remainder of the residency fee and associated costs, including travel, accommodation, materials, and general subsistence costs. 

The rewards outlined are intended to engage a range people in supporting and sharing this experience with me - artists, schools, print workshops, studio groups, universities, colleges, or anyone with an interest in my work.

If you would like to support my project but want something different to the rewards offered here, you can contact me or visit my Etsy shop.

Thank you!

Greeting cards featuring 'Peak' series of etchings:

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Example print from 'Channels' series - woodblock and screen print on Zerkall paper:

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Artist Greeting Card

For pledging £5 I will send a greeting card featuring an image of one of my 'Peak' series of etchings. Cards are blank inside, 5 x 7" and come packaged in a cellophane sleeve. You will also receive a hand-written thank you note, and guest invitations to my exhibitions at Zillah Bell gallery and at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in July 2018, plus any other events related to the project.

£12 or more

Set of 3 Artist Greeting Cards

For pledging £12 I will send a set of 3 greeting cards featuring images from my 'Peak' series of etchings. Cards are blank inside, 5 x 7" and come packaged in a cellophane sleeve. You will also receive a hand-written thank you note, and guest invitations to my exhibitions at Zillah Bell gallery and at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in July 2018, plus any other events related to the project.

£25 or more

9 of 25 claimed

A Postcard-Size Original Woodblock Print

For pledging £25 you will receive a postcard-size limited edition original woodblock print - hand carved and printed by me. The print will be signed and numbered on the front, and come card-backed and wrapped in a cellophane sleeve. You will also receive a hand-written thank you note, and guest invitations to my exhibitions at Zillah Bell gallery and at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in July 2018, plus any other events related to the project.

£60 or more

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Limited Edition Print from my 'Channels' Series

For pledging £60 you will receive a limited edition print from my recent 'Channels' series. Prints are 24 x 30cm, signed and numbered on the front, and come card-backed in a cellophane sleeve. You will also receive a hand-written thank you note, and guest invitations to my exhibitions at Zillah Bell gallery and at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in July 2018, plus any other events related to the project.

£75 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Group Demonstration of Japanese Woodblock Printing

A 1 hour demonstration of the Japanese Woodblock Printing process for groups of up to 20 people. This is geared mainly towards artist groups/printmaking groups/community groups/further or higher education. (Travel costs may need to be negotiated in addition). You will also receive guest invitations to my exhibitions at Zillah Bell gallery and at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in July 2018, plus any other events related to the project.

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Original Limited Edition Woodblock Print

For pledging £100 you will receive a limited edition, original woodblock print - created and hand printed me during my residency in Japan. You will also receive a hand-written thank you note, and guest invitations to my exhibitions at Zillah Bell gallery and at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in July 2018, plus any other events related to the project.

£180 or more

0 of 5 claimed

1-1 Tuition in Japanese Woodblock Printing

For pledging £180 you will receive a 6 hour day of individual tuition in Japanese Woodblock Printing, either at West Yorkshire Print Workshop or from my studio in Leeds city centre. (Alternatively a suitable venue of your choice - travel costs may need to be negotiated). You will also receive guest invitations to my exhibitions at Zillah Bell gallery and at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in July 2018, plus any other events related to the project.

£250 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Set of 3 Woodblock Print Created During Residency

For pledging £250 you will receive a set of 3 original woodblocks prints created during my Japan residency. You will also receive a hand-written thank you note, and guest invitations to my exhibitions at Zillah Bell gallery and at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in July 2018, plus any other events related to the project.


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