April Vollmer is an artist and printmaker living in New York City. She works primarily in mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock. In addition to exhibiting her work she teaches classes at workshops across the country and is the author of Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop.
Teaching mokuhanga regularly at the Lower East Side Printshop, Vollmer has also given workshops at Japan Society, the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Pyramid Atlantic, Frogman’s Print and Paper, Cabrillo College, the Women’s Studio Workshop and many other locations. She has given lecture demonstrations at SUNY Purchase, the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College, and helped organize exhibitions of contemporary mokuhanga for Union College in Schenectady and for Open Studio in Toronto. Her work has been published in journals including Science, Printmaking Today, Contemporary Impressions and Art on Paper. Her prints have been exhibited at AIR Gallery, the Islip Art Museum, Kentler International Drawing Space and internationally. In 2004 she participated in the Nagasawa Art Park Program in Japan, and was on the boards of the first and second International Mokuhanga Conferences in 2011 and 2014. Her book Japanese Woodblock Print Workshop will be released by Watson-Guptill in July, 2015.
I am an artist and printmaker working primarily in mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock, but also making drawings, collages and books in a combination of media. I photograph items of personal significance that are the starting place for much of my work. I rely on the processes of printmaking to transform images into something abstract and essential. I often repeat the images of flowers, insects and other elements of nature to create radial patterns. I also incorporate floor plans, mosaics and objects from my study of art history. Ideas for new blocks come from my travel to Serbia, Japan, Italy, India and elsewhere. Each year I add to my library of woodblocks. When I cut new blocks, I often print them in combination with older blocks from my library to build complex autobiographical patterns.