The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Cherry Blossom Festival
Saturday, April 27 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm and Sunday, April 28 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Welcome spring at the Botanic Garden, enjoy the spring flowers, the Japanese arts and crafts, and come see a demonstration of mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printmaking at the Steinhardt Conservatory.
Since 1998 these yearly demonstrations have been an opportunity for the public to gain an understanding of the technical skill that goes into traditional Japanese printing, mokuhanga. It is a water-based woodblock method printed by hand, moku means wood, and hanga can be roughly translated as printmaking. It is the technique that was used to make the famous ukiy0-e “prints of the floating world.” Developed during the Edo period 1603 to 1868, this woodblock technique was used to print everything from books to advertisements, including the prints of Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro. The artists supplied the drawings and a group of expert craftsmen, organized by a publisher, cut the blocks and printed the color blocks one at a time to create these wonderful Japanese prints.
For more information visit the Garden’s website here.
Delirious Birds and Bees, 2007, 26 x 26 inches mokuhanga woodblock