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MI-LAB Mokuhanga Innovation Lab artist-in-residence program in Japan: extensive knowledge of water-based woodblock printmaking
MI-LAB Mokuhanga Innovation Lab artist-in-residence program in Japan: extensive knowledge of water-based woodblock printmaking
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I am a multidisciplinary visual artist whose primary focus is Printmaking. I want to expand my printmaking practice by learning Japanese traditional woodblock printing and later, to work on how the technique can be used in traditional and contemporary ways. 

Boat and Tree. Intaglio etching, image size 14.5x26 cm, paper size 29x37 cm, 2018
Boat and Tree. Intaglio etching, image size 14.5x26 cm, paper size 29x37 cm, 2018

The Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory is the program with the residency of five weeks studying the fundamental skills of traditional Japanese image production technique which is rooted in the traditions of ukiyo-e printing. Also, the residency provides an opportunity to experience the rich culture of Japan, where Mokuhanga is an essential part of cultural history. 

After a selection process, I was invited to take part in this program (it's so exiting!). However, the residency at the Mokuhanga MI-LAB is a self‐supported program, and the participation fee is the artist’s responsibility. 

I believe that this residency would promote and expand the development of my printmaking practice. With this experience I could explore, broaden and build up my new printmaking techniques using different environment friendly materials. I would love to introduce the ancient Japanese technique in to my contemporary art practice.

My goal is to continue printing in the Mokuhanga technique, and share this process with people.  But to realize this project I need your support!

About Mokuhanga 

The Japanese technique of woodblock printmaking is very different to the Western technique. While in the Western tradition, oil-based ink is applied with a roller and printed onto the papers surface often with the help of a press, the Japanese tradition uses the water-based ink which is applied with a brush and, instead of a printing press, is pressed with hand pressure and a straw disc called a baren deeply into the absorbent Japanese paper. Mokuhanga techniques can be seen as early as 764 in the production of Buddhist texts, and later used from the 16th century through the present to portray genre scenes such as landscapes, city life, and famous celebrities/geishas. In the west, Mokuhanga is rapidly gaining attention due to the non-toxic nature of the process.

The Residency MI-LAB is a dedicated space for artists to learn and develop skills in Mokuhanga. Residencies are awarded to around 6 artists each year for a period of 35 days in April & May. Workshops are led by professional Mokuhanga artists, master carvers and printers, enabling participants artists from differing cultural backgrounds to explore their practices through the traditional techniques of Mokuhanga. The residency will culminate with an exhibition of artworks created during the residency, in Tokyo.

During my travel, I would like to share the process of this amazing printmaking technique, and the deep social ties between Mokuhanga and Japan. I will share photographs and short video on my social pages as Facebook, Instagram, and VaidaVarnagieneFineArt blog. Springtime landscapes, city life, and places of natural beauty such as shrines will be subjects of interest as I create work in Japan. There will always be a view of Mt. Fuji.

Why Pledge?

To support a visual artist who is passionate about what she does, and believes in creating something beautiful, exclusive and emotional.

The campaign goal of €1,800 only partially covers the total cost of the Training Program, but it will help to bringing this project to life. This is my first Fundraising Campaign, and I am asking for a pledge with an echange of my artwork.

Rewards 

Everyone who contributes for my trip to MI-LAB Mokuhanga residency I reward with my already existing artwork made in Intaglio etching technique. All images can be seen on my website: https://vaidavarnagiene.weebly.com/printmaking.html

Pledge €10 or more 

A beautiful set of 2 small mono color Intaglio etchings. The image size 9 x 10 cm.

Windsock 1 and 2. Etching, 9x10cm
Windsock 1 and 2. Etching, 9x10cm

Pledge €20 or more  

One Intaglio etching medium size 15 x 15 cm from this group:

Glendalough or Townhouse, Intaglio etching, plate size 15x15 cm, paper size 30x30 cm
Glendalough or Townhouse, Intaglio etching, plate size 15x15 cm, paper size 30x30 cm

Pledge €60 or more  

A beautiful set of 3 vibrant color Intaglio etchings medium size 15 x 15 cm.

Cottage House, Someplace and The Old Townhouse, Intaglio etching, plate size 15x15 cm, paper size 30x30 cm
Cottage House, Someplace and The Old Townhouse, Intaglio etching, plate size 15x15 cm, paper size 30x30 cm

Pledge €100 or more  

A beautiful vibrant color Intaglio etching medium size 18 x 20 cm.

Ah! a butterfly, Intaglio etching, ​plate 20 x 18 cm, paper approx 41 x 35 cm
Ah! a butterfly, Intaglio etching, ​plate 20 x 18 cm, paper approx 41 x 35 cm

New Reward: Pledge €100 or more

Medium size etching beautiful colours Intaglio etching 'The Back of Beyond', plate size 29.5 x 19.5 cm, paper size 52 x 40 cm.

The Back of Beyond, plate size 29.5 x 19.5 cm, paper size 52 x 40 cm
The Back of Beyond, plate size 29.5 x 19.5 cm, paper size 52 x 40 cm

Estimated delivery: first two weeks of October 2018. Ships to anywhere in the world!

Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read this and fund it!

Risks and challenges

Printmaking is an exciting art form that deserves a place in every art curriculum.
In contemporary world, where print might suggest mechanically mass-produced commercial products, such as digitally printed copies, the printmaking refers to the original creation of an artist who has chosen printmaking tools to express himself. The fine print is a multiple original. Originality is generally associated with uniqueness, but a print is considered original because the artist from the outset intended to create an etching, woodcut, or other graphic work and thus conceived his image within the possibilities and limitations of that technique. Every printmaking process encounters some challenges, this is why printmaking requires skills, experience, and patience. Being a visual artist is a challenge. To be able to express ideas, artist always has to get more experience, and learn new skills.

There are not many risks involved in the making of this kickstarter because the artwork, I am giving as the reward, already exists! The shipping dates might be a little problem, but I will do everything to send them on time after this campaign will end.

Your support is extremely important for my professional development!

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