Photomechanical Mokuhanga: Laser Carved Halftones

Ben Selby

Mokuhanga Artist, MFA Candidate Arizona State University, US

This demonstration will explore the feasibility and potential applications of laser carved images in a traditionally hand intensive process. It will briefly present the work of some of the pioneers of post-digital mokuhanga, followed by a tutorial on laser engraving, ending with printing using only traditional tools and materials.

Until recent years laser engraving machines were mostly out of reach to artists working outside of universities, so in addition to the demonstration, participants will be introduced to how they can take this knowledge and work with new makers spaces that are recently popping up all around the world. Along with laser carved halftones, printing of drawn and text-based laser carved images will also be shown.