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Bertha Lum, A Rainy Twilight, Woodblock, 1905. Her own words (written in 1904)…
Before I went to Japan, I thought that print makers were as easy to find as paper lanterns or kimonos but after I spent six weeks asking everyone who spoke English - guides, ricksha boys, hotel proprietors and curio dealers - were I could buy tools and see them make prints, and found no one to tell me, I became utterly discouraged and only succeeded the week before I sailed from home, in being directed to a shop where they reproduced old prints, ans it was an hour spent there that gave me all the knowledge I had of the process aside from what I had learned from books. Read more…

Bertha Lum, A Rainy Twilight, Woodblock, 1905. Her own words (written in 1904)…

Before I went to Japan, I thought that print makers were as easy to find as paper lanterns or kimonos but after I spent six weeks asking everyone who spoke English - guides, ricksha boys, hotel proprietors and curio dealers - were I could buy tools and see them make prints, and found no one to tell me, I became utterly discouraged and only succeeded the week before I sailed from home, in being directed to a shop where they reproduced old prints, ans it was an hour spent there that gave me all the knowledge I had of the process aside from what I had learned from books. Read more…

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