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Mokuhanga Work

In 2019 I made a commitment to develop my skills as a Mokuhanga printmaker. I initially received training from Adrian Holmes, and have since researched the history and techniques of the artform further.

Mokuhanga is a modern evolution of Ukiyo-e: the Japanese art of using small hand-chisels to carve away at a block of sidegrain wood. Traditionally, the printing process uses a mixture of nori paste, water and liquid pigment which is brushed onto each block. Moistened paper is then laid over the block and the pigment is transferred by applying pressure by hand using a small disc called a baren. For my prints so far, I have experimented with variations of traditional pigments, gouache and roller-based inks typically used in European woodcut printing.

Learning and developing my skills in this practice is a long-term commitment that I persue outside of my career as a freelance designer, but if you are interested in commissioning a piece or buying existing prints, please get in touch at info@trbennett.co.uk

[image description]: Thin wood blocks of different sizes on a wooden table, leaning up against a whuite wall. The largest block is stained blue with a carving of a bottle on it. The one in front of it has black curved lines carved into it, and the one beside that has a red rectangle with the silhouette of a tiger. On the table there is a black coffee cup and some wood shavings.

[image description]: A grey longhorn ram stands atop a steep rock, facing towards the camera. In the background are two mountaintops on either side and ways of sinlight are emenating from between the ram's horns.

Inara — 2020
A limited print run commissioned to celebrate the client's new family member. The name 'Inara' refers to the Hittite Goddess of the wild animals of the steppe. Depicted in this image is a longhorn ram, native to the lands of Anatolia that were once the Hittite homeland. The name also means "ray of light" in Arabic.

Reference for the form was taken from Hittite artifacts depicting animals such as cattle and stags.

[image description]: A white tiger bowing against a field of red. Black branches grow out of the ground in front of the tiger, passing over it to resemble stripes.

Shirotora — 2019
Created mostly as a two-block layering and texture transmission experiment, Shirotora (white tiger) uses a combination of red gouache and black sumi ink.

[image description]: Three naked figures rendered in pink, white and navy blue. They are suspended in air in a circular pattern with happy, contented expressions.

Joy — 2019
This print celebrates queer joy and trans liberation. As a limited reduction print, the money raised by sales is donated to The Outside PRoject: an arganisation offering housing and support for queer homeless people in London.

[Image Description}: Two layers of green and red printed over one-another. The green layer shows a businessman walking to the right holding a briefcase, looking behind him suspiciously. The red layer shows a leather harness, elbow and knee pads, sports socks, fingerless gloves, a strap-on tail, a jockstrap and a leather BDSM pup mask. The red layer also shows his suitcase to hold an array of sex toys. In the top-right the word 'Professional' is written in katakana. .

Professional — 2020
A two-block print using gouache.

[image description]: A black and white print of two men with the heads of wolves fighting one another. One of the mn is biting the other's arm as they lock hands. The other man bites into the bicep of the first, his free hand scratching into the first man's back with long, sharp fingers. Both of their feet are unsteady, looking as if they are about to knock one-another over.

Two Dancers — 2019
A single-block print using black roller ink.