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Utagawa Yoshitora (active 1850-1880) Seki Station, From the Fifty Three Stations of the Tokaido Road Series , 1872. Oban. There are several prints in this show documenting the Tokaido Road . This series by Yoshitora is among my favourite for its inventiveness and its clarity and for the beauty and elegance of the design. Yoshitora was a pupil of Kuniyoshi and is best known for his Yokohama prints of westerners; as a result this very fine series is often overlooked. Each print is set…

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Abandoned pens and other such stationery stand a chance at purposeful usage, thanks to the Pen Printer. The device uses the ink from discarded pens to print on paper. The current tech may not support such an ambitious idea, but it’s worth the exploration, since many of us have bundles of uncapped and discarded pens in our drawers for no apparent reason.

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Gyotaku - is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating from the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing may have been used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also become an artform on its own.

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