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Prints of the flora/fauna of Thailand + Burma, designed as part of a workshop with an arts and crafts studio on the Thai-Burma border.
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Thailand Bound!

Posted by Mike Schultz (Creator)
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Thailand - This week I arrive in Thailand! I am thrilled to return Southeast Asia and feel so much gratitude towards everyone who supported my printmaking project. I’m excited to get back to sunny Mae Sot, and to begin collecting and drawing images for this series of prints!

Go time: Passport, pencils, brushes, ink- check!
Go time: Passport, pencils, brushes, ink- check!

Research - The Thailand Burma Flora Fauna series has given me a great reason to conduct research on both the plants and animals of Thailand and Burma, and also on the works of master printmakers from the past, like renowned Japanese artists Hokusai and Hiroshige. Below, you can see a Hokusai woodblock print where he paired a swallow with a hibiscus flower.

Hokusai, Hibiscus and Sparrow, Traditional Woodblock Print, 1830
Hokusai, Hibiscus and Sparrow, Traditional Woodblock Print, 1830

The BBC has recently produced a brilliant documentary series called, Wild Burma: Nature’s Lost Kingdom. You can watch it here. It’s got incredible footage of many rare plant, animal, and insect species inside Burma. From this documentary, I learned that 95% of all the forests of SE Asia have disappeared, and Burma now boasts 50% of those remaining forests within its borders.

Still from the BBC's Wild Burma - collecting insects overnight in the treetops.
Still from the BBC's Wild Burma - collecting insects overnight in the treetops.
Japanese artist Hokusai’s sketchbook drawings of local insects.
Japanese artist Hokusai’s sketchbook drawings of local insects.

I’ve also been poring over old books illustrated with great woodblock engravings. Titles like A General History of Quadrupeds (1885) and Mammalia: The Mammals of Lower India and Burma (1888) have been helpful and fun to look through.

Woodcut illustration of a leopard by Thomas Bewick in A General History of Quadrupeds.
Woodcut illustration of a leopard by Thomas Bewick in A General History of Quadrupeds.

Personal Timeline - From my last update, you may remember that my trip was delayed for medical reasons. Long story short: I cut my hand, got an infection and had to have surgery. It healed, and was followed by six additional weeks of physical therapy. I’m happy to say I am now on the mend and nearly back to 100%.

What I missed out on in December was a planned trip to Burma with some loved ones. My good buddy Cristina took this sunrise photo over the ancient ruins in Bagan, a place I dearly hope to visit during a trip to Burma this coming March.

Sunrise over Bagan, Burma. Photo credit: Cristina Niculescu
Sunrise over Bagan, Burma. Photo credit: Cristina Niculescu

Thank you all again for your continued support. Next update: Thailand!

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    1. Mike Schultz Creator on

      @Patricia Graves:

      Thanks, Pat! I appreciate your support and thanks for the comment as well. I'm here now in Thailand and everything is going well so far. Working on an update for the beginning of this week. Hope you are well in Eureka!

      Mike

    2. Patricia Graves on

      Michael,
      What a great update! So happy for you and love feeling a part of your journey.
      Pat

    3. Mike Schultz Creator on

      @william benson:

      Thank you! Hope you all are well and not too cold on the inlet.

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      william benson on

      Very excited for you! Have a wonderful trip!
      Safe travels.
      ox Sadie & Bill