By Yoshiko Yamamoto of Arts & Crafts Press:
The Snail & Mt Fuji inspired by a senyru (a Japanese form of short poetry) by Kobayashi Issa that goes:
"Fearless little snail / Slowly, slowly you can climb / Great Fuji Mountain."
Just released last weekend at the annual 2014 Arts & Crafts Conference at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. Available matted or matted and framed, you can order this new print HERE.
Two additional recent block prints that are very popular are:
Entitled Summer Oaks with either a Morning or Sunset sky. In Yoshiko's own words:
"It was the Golden State of California that I first experienced upon arrival from Tokyo, coming to the perpetual spring and brilliant colors of Santa Barbara where my husband Bruce had grown up. The hillsides and coastline of the California central coast quickly became one of my favorite places to wander and sketch. In that land of sunshine, the evergreen Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia) that grows along the hillsides with wildflowers blooming around became a favorite subject. For me, the views of these magnificent live oak trees and the scent of the coastal sage scrub along the seacoast take me back to that first wondrous experience of the beauties of California."
This is Yoshiko's 3rd California Oak tree block print; the previous have sold quickly and these prints will be no exception.
Think Spring and soon it will be Tulip time in the Skagit Valley of Washington state.
One of the most fertile valleys in the world near Mt Vernon off I-5 60 miles north of Seattle and halfway between Seattle and the Canadian border, springtime in Skagit Valley is especially breathtaking with its fields of tulips like a rich tapestry woven with bright pink, red, purple, and yellow threads! Yoshiko’s makes an annual pilgrimage with her children to view this annual spectacle and it has inspired this gorgeous block print.
And finally one of Yoshiko’s all time favorites:
Kayaking at Glacier Bay is a block print of Yoshiko’s illustration for the Patagonia Book "Paddling North" by Audrey Sutherland. Sutherland’s tale begins with her decision, at age 60, to undertake a solo, summer long voyage along the southeast coast of Alaska in an inflatable kayak. "Paddling North" is a compilation of Sutherland’s first two of over 20 such annual trips and the acute natural observations of her day-by-day travels through the Inside Passage from Ketchikan to Skagway. The block print "Kayaking at Glacier Bay" is particularly beautiful in its presentation of a cool peaceful scene and if you look closely just below image center, you can see Sutherland in her Kayak against the backdrop of the grand, pristine landscape of the famed National Park.
In addition to designing her block prints, Yoshiko hand cuts linoleum blocks one for each color, then prints the images on acid free paper using a letter-press again printing one color at a time. All of Yoshiko’s block prints are signed and numbered limited editions. Most are matted with a dark contrasting color carefully chosen to best emphasize the print. All her prints are also available framed in mortise & tenon quarter-sawn oak by Dard Hunter Studios.
Yoshiko's (Yo-she-ko) work is greatly admired by everyone familiar with the current Arts & Crafts movement. Her enchanting personality and charm always draws a crowd to her booth at a show.
Click HERE to shop our selection of Yoshiko’s block prints.