Author Archives: mariko jesse

mokuhanga prints in my shop

I’ve just put some of my new mokuhanga prints in my online shop. I printed these while I was in Japan and have just completed signing and preparing them. There are two versions of this little imaginary trumpet flower, one … Continue reading

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Lassen National Park

This weekend I visited Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California. It had forests, volcanic rocks, and beautiful lush meadows with wildflowers… There were tiny streams and creeks of clear icy water…and incredible mountain-top lakes, surrounded by snow.We watched the … Continue reading

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Vermont map

I recently illustrated a small map of Vermont for Middlebury Magazine. It’s a lovely little article about the author’s annual journey to Bread Loaf. I think it’s always interesting to see how an illustration starts, so these are the initial … Continue reading

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birthday

As usual, I like to make my birthday last longer than a day, so I had three! On my actual birthday I went out for dinner to the Cliff House in San Francisco, and enjoyed a relaxed dinner with sunset … Continue reading

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mokuhanga print

I completed one large-ish print while I was on the mokuhanga residency in Japan: one that features plants in a garden. I was inspired by the abundant greenery all around the house, and in the surrounding gardens.I did some initial … Continue reading

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tokyo

This week I spent a few days in Tokyo, visiting friends, art stores and exhibitions. First stop the Ota Museum in Harajuku, to a ukiyoe exhibition of Edo from the water, and then the Nezu Museum, to a ceramics one. … Continue reading

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mokuhanga peony

This week I’ve been busy carving and printing, and trying out all sorts of new things. Here’s a picture of my little peony print with some experimental paper cutting…

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Kawaguchiko

This weekend I did a little sightseeing around where I’m staying, in Kawaguchiko, Japan. There are a series of caves you can visit at the foot of Mt Fuji, formed from lava from the last eruption. The Narusawa Ice Cave … Continue reading

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mokuhanga peony

This week I carved a small block from cherrywood (my first) to do some paper-testing. I printed two versions of my peony design onto many different types of washi paper to decide what sort I would use for my big … Continue reading

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mi-lab

I’m in Kawaguchiko, Japan, for the next few weeks, on a mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock) printmaking artists residency with mi-lab. It’s in a beautiful location in a small town on the edge of the lake at the foot of Mt Fuji. … Continue reading

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