prize1 250The first open call mokuhanga exhibitiion for Australia was a great success! With thirty artists contributing their work from all over Australia, and guest Artist Mia Oo of Japan sending two works, there was a nice variety on show. The two winning works "Untitled" by Takuro Yokoo (1st Prize Awagami Paper Award) and "Red House" by Mat Paul (2nd Prize Murasaki Baren Award) were both well recieved.

Thank you very much to Awagami Papers for their generous sponsorshop of the Awagami Paper Award. The Australian Mokuhanga School contributed the Murasaki baren, as we wish to encourage artists to create more mokuhanga and develop their skills and connections to other practitioners in Australia.




What is Mokuhanga?


Detail of traditional print "Haru Nano Higashi Genji" by Kunichika Toyohara


Mokuhanga is the traditional water based printing technique, originating in China and perfected in Japan.

A print is created through design, carving blocks for each colour, then printing each colour successively until the print edition is completed.


Mokuhanga is the Japanese word for wood block print. The Japanese characters 木版画 are 木 wood, 版 block and 画 picture.


In Japan its meaning is the print itself, but in general contemporary use it means both the print and the technique. Mokuhanga is growing in popularity worldwide as learning becomes more accessible to people outside of Japan.



Kunisada Printmaking tripty




Mokuhanga is chemical free, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, uses relatively simple hand tools and equipment and requires little space to produce beautiful work. The natural beauty of the materials - wood, pigment and hand-made paper are all retained and enhance each other. A great choice for Artists or any creative person!


no-poisons no-press




Residency Availability


Check Residency and Tuition availability here...

Terry McKenna Mokuhanga

This is a short video showing teacher Terry McKenna making one of his mokuhanga...

You can find more about Terry's work on his dedicated website at www.egaku.com.au

Kyoto Mokuhanga Tours

kyoto torii

 Find out more about these exciting, small-scale and unique tours

Kyoto Mokuhanga Brochure (PDF)

Students Login Here