IMC Conference History

Mokuhanga is the Japanese word for the waterbased woodblock printing technique developed during the Edo period. Moku means wood and hanga can be translated as printing. This technique has gained recognition as a flexible and non-toxic method of printmaking for contemporary creative artists. While many international artists now use this technique, it is still difficult to find tools, materials, markets, textbooks and research opportunities related to mokuhanga.

The triennial International Mokuhanga Conference was established to address these needs by bringing together printmakers, academicians, researchers and materials/tool makers. The Conference offers a forum for international discussion, and a way for people from different disciplines and different countries to share ideas about this exciting technique, rooted in history, but evolving in new directions that reflect the ideas of contemporary artists.

The first conference, IMC2011, was held in Kyoto and Awaji. The second, IMC2014, was held in Tokyo, Japan, hosted by Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geidai) with Satellite events at the 3331 Arts Chiyoda complex. IMC2017 was the third conference, held for the first time outside mokuhanga’s home country of Japan. It was held in Hawaii, USA, hosted by the Donkey Mill Art Center, the home of Holualoa Foundation for Arts & Culture, dedicated to providing art experiences to people of all ages and abilities. The Center worked with University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Honolulu Printmakers. The main conference took place in Honolulu, with Satellite events at Donkey Mill on the island of Hawaii.

IMC2014 Tokyo


Beauty of Mokuhanga
Mokuhanga prints from the International Juried Exhibition Beauty of Mokuhanga

Album of artwork from Beauty of Mokuhanga international juried exhibition; with additional images from the Globalization of Mokuhanga exhibitions at University of Hawaii and at Donkey Mill Arts Center and Studio 7 in Holualoa.

Globalizing Mokuhanga-Catalogue