Neko Hakkei : Updates

An overview of recent activity on the project

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[Important Notice: due to the massive interest in this project, we have restructured the timetable. Instead of trying to get all eight designs selected up front, we are going to finalize them one-by-one as we move forward with the actual printmaking. So the original 'deadline' of late August has been removed, and we will be accepting submissions for the as-yet-undecided themes on an ongoing basis.]

July 9: the first invitations for Stage 2 have been sent

It has taken over a month since the project announcement to get moving forward with this; there has been a huge amount of interest, with a great many applications coming in, many of which are very interesting. Yesterday and this morning, I sent out the initial invitations to some applicants, asking if they would like to take their image to the next stage.

At this point, I think it should not be a problem if we show these images publicly; so as each of those invitations goes out, I will put the image here for general viewing. When the Stage 2 images are returned to me, we'll also show those, allowing everybody a chance to learn from the process ... turning rough sketches into beautiful woodblock prints!

Here are the first few that captured my attention (designer's names are linked to their Instagram, website, etc.):


Evening Snow : Randy Hall

Evening Glow : Sherbett Hopkins

Evening Bell : Vivian Uhlir

Night Rain : Jonathan Huff

 

July 10: a few more invitations for Stage 2 ...


Descending Geese : Kristen Whitaker

Evening Glow : Evelyn Szawerski

 

July 12: a few more invitations for Stage 2 ...


Clearing Weather : Julie De Grandpré

Descending Geese : Daniel Parker

Night Rain : Aafke Ytsma

 

July 13: another invitation for Stage 2 ...


Autumn Moon : Deiniol Owen

 

August 1: some line drawings from Stage 2 ...


Evening Bell : Vivian Uhlir

Autumn Moon : Deiniol Owen

 

August 5: Stage 2 update ...


Autumn Moon : Deiniol Owen

 

August 18: some Stage 2 updates ...


Evening Glow : Evelyn Szawerski

Descending Geese : Kristen Whitaker

Evening Glow : Sherbett Hopkins

 

August 21: some more invitations for Stage 2 ...


Night Rain : Jan Krycinski

Autumn Moon : Anselmo Coelho

Returning Sails : Mathilde Michea

 

August 26: some Stage 2 updates ...


Night Rain : Aafke Ytsma

Evening Snow : Randy Hall

 

August 30: a Stage 2 collaboration ...

In the July 12th update above, we showed a sketch for the Descending Geese theme; the idea was a cat knocking a vase off a table. The young man who sent it to us wasn't personally able to take it much further, so we asked one of our young workers here at Mokuhankan if she would be interested in doing a collaboration. He and she both agreed ... and here is the resulting sketch. (Do you recognize the location depicted in the print on the wall?)


Descending Geese : Daniel Parker / Rei

 

September 4: 1st update video ...

 

September 12: some Stage 2 updates ...


Night Rain : Jonathan Huff

Clearing Weather : Julie De Grandpré

 

September 19: a couple of trial colour workups from Stage 2 ...


Evening Bell : Vivian Uhlir

Autumn Moon : Anselmo Coelho

 

Early November: some more Stage 2 updates ...


Autumn Moon : Anselmo Coelho

Evening Glow : Sherbett Hopkins

Night Rain : Jonathan Huff

Night Rain : Jonathan Huff

Night Rain : Jonathan Huff

 

A real-time readout of the number of applications we have received to date: