Join Australian Artist Jennifer Lim on Her Journey to Japan!
Be a part of a journey of artistic exploration, and the promotion of Japanese woodblock printing - a special printmaking technique loved by artists including Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet! 日本語での紹介は以下となります。
I’m very grateful to have reached my funding goal, which enables me to cover the program tuition fee and accommodation. Any extra funds kindly given to me will be put towards living costs, study tours and specialist tools and materials only available in Japan.
Your support from even $10 onwards makes a huge difference - thank you!
All my available artwork has been specially priced during this fundraising period.
Please let me introduce myself! I'm an artist with Australian, Chinese and Peranakan heritage, and have a life-long interest in connecting to culture. I interpret my experiences into unique artworks that reflect an exploration of history, heritage and our modern identity.
I’ve thrilled to have been awarded a place in the MI-LAB Artist in Residence Program, for which I was selected from over 100 applicants. For five-weeks, I'll be a mentored in a master class in Japan aimed at supporting international artists in 'Mokuhanga' 版画, otherwise known as water-based woodblock printing. The MI-LAB program is dedicated to the promotion of Japanese woodblock printing, and has trained over 200 artists in the past 20 years.
The program will be instrumental in fulfilling my personal and professional mission to further my skills and understanding of this unique art form, and help create a greater appreciation of this 400-year-old art outside Japan. In fact, many art lovers are already familiar with the 'Ukiyoe' genre of Japanese woodblock. The iconic depiction of Mt. Fuji in the Japanese woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai was one of many Japanese prints popular with Impressionist artists including Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet.
I'm currently based in Singapore, where I am one of few professional artists specialising in and teaching Japanese woodblock. I first became intrigued by the technique as an exchange student at Kyoto Seika University in 1997. The combination of handmade 'washi' paper, smoothly carved timber blocks and finely ground paint pigments is almost magical, resulting in a one-of-a-kind print each time.
For the past three years, I've shared my skills to hundreds of participants of my culturally inspired art workshops. 'To teach is to learn twice', and my aim is to continue educating audiences about the beautiful sensation of Japanese woodblock printing. I also love the fact that this technique is very 'green'; an environmentally-friendly art medium even before the word was invented!
However, for this amazing privilege, I need your help. I am seeking crowdfunding support to subsidise my costs during the residency. Every amount is hugely appreciated. Please check out my pledges and become part of my cultural journey, and the future legacy of this unique art method.
I'll be holding a solo exhibition in Singapore upon my return, and would love you to attend. I'll also be streaming the exhibition on Facebook Live!
THANK YOU! I'm happy to have reach my campaign goal of $4250 on Day 10!
It's an amazing feeling to be supported by clients, friends, students and people whom I've yet to meet! I'm very grateful to be able to leave for Japan soon knowing I have so many people behind me. As an independent artist, it's been a big decision for me to join this residency. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Extra funds: Any extra funds that I do receive before my campaign ends will enable me to do the following:
$100 | Visit the Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art (a three-hour train ride away and stay overnight at a budget hotel) to see hand-made Ukiyoe style prints such as the one above by Utagawa Hiroshige.
$200 | Pay for professional level pigments jointly created by Holbein Paints and Kyoto-based Japanese woodblock artist Richard Steiner. I studied with Richard for several days in 2016.
$250 | Purchase tools and woodblocks in Japan from stores such Woodlike Matsumura
$750 | Help offset living costs at $150 per week for five weeks
$900 | Return airfare to Tokyo, Japan
My funding goal covers the cost of the MI-LAB residency program only. I'll be paying for my own airfare, domestic travel, living expenses and other necessities.
Starting at $10, every donor will receive a heartfelt thank-you message. All supporters will receive an exclusive invite to the opening night of my Singapore solo show in September.
Please scroll down below to see an image of each pledge.
1. $10: A Thank-you Acknowledgement & Virtual Hug!
I'll be sending out a thank-you message on Facebook, or via email for the socially-shy!
2. $25: A Personalised Postcard
See your name written in Japanese in a post-card sent with heartfelt appreciation from Japan!
3. $50: Bronze Corporate or Private Sponsorship
A big thank-you mention on my Facebook pages (over 1000 likes) with a links to your personal or business Facebook page. Please let me know if you would prefer to remain anonymous.
4. $75: Artist Greeting Cards
A set of 6 greeting cards featuring one of my popular Japanese woodblock prints. The fleur-de-lis symbol depicts a stylised lily or lotus flower, and is said to represent French royalty as well as perfection, light, and life. Elegant floral tiles inspired by this motif can be found in many traditional Peranakan shophouses in Singapore and Penang. Includes worldwide shipping.
5. $100: Artist Handmade Japanese Woodblock Print
Peonies are a traditional symbol of royalty, rank and honour in Chinese culture. Inspired by an antique batik sarong in the Peranakan Museum of Singapore, this print is a fusion of Chinese, European and Indonesian cultures. 'Peranakan Peony' is a handmade Japanese woodblock print featuring pink and green tones. Open edition. Image size 9 x 14cm fits Ikea Ribba frame 21 x 30cm. Includes worldwide shipping.
6. $150: Artist Handmade Japanese Woodblock Print
Option A: 'Belgium Duo' is based on a delicate vintage tile from the Netherlands, but this Art Nouveau design can found on some heritage shophouses around Singapore. I also discovered this tile at my great grandfather's Hokkien clan temple on Cantonment Road.
Option B: 'Wealth & Luck' uses peonies 牡丹 (mudan), which are often used to symbolise richness, happiness and success. Loquat 枇杷 (pipa), the yellow grape-like fruit featured, is considered lucky or a sign of good fortune as the fruit ripens in early spring.
Both prints are an open edition from the Trade Tile Series. Image size 15 x 15cm. Includes worldwide shipping.
7. $250: Artist Handmade Japanese Woodblock Print
Created during my residency, your handmade Japanese woodblock print will be inspired by local sights and sounds. A4 size paper 21 x 29cm. Choice of two designs upon completion. Includes worldwide shipping in flat packaging.
8. $250: Bronze Corporate or Private Sponsorship
A big thank-you mention on my selected social media platforms: Facebook (over 1000 likes), Instagram (over 1300 followers) and website (2,500 visits per month). Let me know if you would prefer to remain anonymous.
9. $350: Artist Handmade Japanese Woodblock Print
Created during my residency, your handmade Japanese woodblock print will be inspired by local sights and sounds. A3 size paper 29.7 x 42cm. Choice of two designs upon completion. Includes worldwide shipping in tube packaging.
10. $495: Stretched Canvas Digital Art Print
Invite abundance and blessings into your home! The graceful Peony flower has long been a symbol of riches and honour in China. Together with the 'blessing' of butterflies, Peony Trio Butterfly is a mosaic of Chinese, Peranakan and European influences in an exploration of Singapore's history and heritage. Digitally printed on canvas and stretched onto a quality timber frame, this artwork is ready to hang without framing. Size 61 x 91 cm. Singapore studio pick-up or local delivery can be arranged.
11. $500: Gold Corporate or Private Sponsorship
A very warm thank-you mention on all of my social media platforms including: Facebook (over 1000 likes), Instagram (over 1300 followers), website (2,500 visits per month), Linkedin account (over 500 connections) and email subscriber list (850 persons). Includes a description of up to 50 words about your business. Please let me know if you would prefer to remain anonymous.
12. $720: Artist Handmade Block Print on Stretched Canvas
Be inspired by the architecture of the region in ‘Tropical Jalan’. This work was also recently purchased by Temasek Holdings. Completely created by hand using the block printing method and sealed with a UV-resistant coating. Artwork size 61 x 61cm. Ready to hang. Singapore studio pick-up or local delivery can be arranged. Limited availability.
13. $850: Artist Hand-painted Customised Artwork on Fine Art Paper
Enjoy a customised painting on Fine Art Archival Paper. Design and colour range to be selected upon consultation. A2 size artwork 59 x 42cm, and framing can be arranged at separate cost. Singapore studio pick-up, local or international delivery can be arranged. Limited availability. Artwork to be finished by end of October 2018 at latest.
14. $1350: Artist Hand-painted Customised Artwork on Stretched Canvas
Enjoy a customised painting on Stretched Canvas. Design and colour range to be selected upon consultation with me. Artwork size 45cm x 61cm and ready to hang. Singapore studio pick-up or local delivery can be arranged. Limited availability. Artwork to be finished by end of October 2018 at latest.
All available artwork has been specially priced for this campaign.
Please support my campaign by sharing with your friends, family and colleagues. Thank you!
私は日本の木版画が大好きです！ 来たる日本でのアートレジデンス活動に参加することが決定し、とてもワクワクしています。100名の希望者の中から選ばれた多国籍6名の生徒の1人として、MI-LAB が運営する日本木版画の5週間マスタークラスに参加することが決定しました。 私は子供の頃日本に住んでいたことがあり、この４００年の歴史を誇る浮世絵の技術に魅了されました。両親の浮世絵コレクションには心酔していましたが、その真の手仕事の美に気付いたのは、京都精華大学の交換留学生として黒崎彰氏に出会ってからでした。
この私の旅を、あなたにサポートして頂けるととても嬉しいのです。現在私は、Kickstarter〈キックスターター〉という資金調達システムを利用しており、 １０シンガポールドル（約８１５日本円）から私をサポートして頂けます。 ６月２２日までにシンガポール ４，２５０ドルを調達できることを目標にしています。 また、下記のリンクを皆さんのご友人とシェアして頂くことも大歓迎です。
Risks and challenges
My ambitious funding goal covers some of the costs of the 5-week MI-LAB residency. As I am fully committed to this wonderful opportunity, I will still be joining the residency even if I don't reach this financial goal. Creating a campaign (and video!) on Kickstarter has been a great way to share my passion with an international audience.
As the program starts soon on June 10, 2018, I will be creating most of the artwork upon my return to Singapore. For this reason, I've set a realistic target to create and deliver all my pledges with the quality assurance that all my artwork bears. Incentives will be sent by registered mail, local courier or available at my studio as indicated.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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