5 November 2014

Oxford Brookes School of Arts represented at second International symposium of Mokuhanga in Tokyo

September 2014 saw delegates from all over the world gather to Tokyo for the second international Mokuhanga conference. The conference was held at Tokyo University of the Arts from 10 to 14 September.

Among those who attended were Ruth Millar, Technical Specialist in bookworks and digital imaging at Oxford Brookes, and Laura Boswell, is a Brookes associate lecturer. Laura Boswell teaches on Mokuhanga, which is an environmentally friendly printing process that uses woodcutting, in the Fine Art summer school programme.

Ruth Millar and 17 other delegates representing printmaking backgrounds from different countries held meetings and presentations to describe their workshops. The presentations were given in front of Japanese educators, students and printmakers to encourage Japanese artists and art students to apply for international artist-in-residency schemes. Representatives from companies who fund these schemes also spoke, including the Daiwa Foundation who had funded Millar and Boswell’s trip.

Works made by Oxford Brookes University’s Fine Art students were exhibited at 3331 Chiyoda Arts amongst prints by delegates from other workshops. One of Brookes’ Fine Art alumna Di Oliver also had work exhibited in an international exhibition of artists’ books at the conference.