Film: Japanese woodblock printing exposed in Davin Haukebo-Bol's Sway

Posted by James Cartwright,

There’s a lot of great process films out there that take you behind-the-scenes in the studios of fashion designers, illustrators, artists and designers. There’s absolutely shed-loads that demonstrate a specific print technique in real depth, but there’s really not many that show the intricacies of a process with enough detail to allow you to have a crack at it yourself while simultaneously captivating your imagination with the simple poetry of the process on show.

Davin Haukebo-Bol’s video portrait of Nick Wroblewski, an American woodblock printer, is about as captivating as they come; a sharply-cut 10 minutes of footage that lets you into Nick’s world, shows off his skills and captivates you with the lyrical way he discusses his artistic passions. Even if you don’t give a monkeys about printmaking, Nick’s got enough enthusiasm about it to turn you into a convert.

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and is now one of our two editors. He oversees Printed Pages magazine and content wise has a special interest in graphic design and illustration. He also runs our online shop Company of Parrots and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.