Budkalito – a printmaking process based on the principles of lithography research by Ewa Budka
5 days workshop
3 to 7 July 2017
Price 750 €
Accommodation in the residency
Mokulito is an alternative printmaking process based on the principles of Lithography. It was discovered in Japan by Seishi Ozaku, and more currently developed and research by Polish artist based in new York City Ewa Budka. Ewa rediscovered the practice, pushing it to new limits and passing the technique on to other artists internationally creating her own way called Budkalito. The process combines flat lithographic traces and woodcut marks. Without the use of acids or harsh solvents, the Mokulito process is ideal for beginners and printmakers from all backgrounds.
In 2010, my father (Józef Budka, Professor of Lithography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland) began investigating the possibility of replacing litho stone for another matrix. The search led him to one exhibition in Poland where he found an assortment of Japanese prints signed “lithography on the wood- MOKULITO.” Fascinated by the idea of changing the litho matrix for a wood, we contacted the Japanese artists and received a folder with a small number of Mokulito re-prints and a breif explanation: take wood, draw and print from it. Inspired by this concept, we started our Mokulito (a.k.a. Budka-lito) research. We have been exploring this secret process for over 4 years with exciting results. Mokulito is a engaging printmaking process which helps to unlock new approaches in our creativity and imagination. By opening our minds and finding new ways of using different plywoods, we have finalized our Budka-lito research.
Mokulito is a very chimeric technique. It is suitable for artists who are not afraid of making marks without the possibility of changing them. Once placed, marks made by ink, sharpie or litho crayon cannot be removed. The artist must consider that wood grain from the plywood will be visible in the project. The clean, white spaces on the print are possible only through cutting the wood by chisel. Mokulito uses plywoods from deciduous trees. Using a plywood matrix, Mokulito allows the artist to make up to 25 prints. The edition depends on the type of wood.
My most recent project “The Skin I have been Living in” is based on the Mokulito process. It combines my knowledge of printmaking, my love of the organic feeling of wood, thoughts about the human body as an installation itself, as well my memories, emotions, and curiosity of what’s behind our skin. Using plywoods with their own stories written between the wood grains, I create new narrations on them, creating a new life. The plywood exists as body while the paper serves as skin, which I am pouring on every time I put the body through the press. I am connecting the skin and body in a relationship where they will always be linked. I cut the body after printing, making the words more visible. They are like scars, answers to unasked questions, things you can’t hide. The skin unveils your secret thoughts, everything you are hiding inside of yourself. “The Skin I have been Living in” attempts to show what’s truly inside of our bodies.
With the collaboration of
- 2 woods 20 x 28 inches (50 x 70 cm) Mapple plywood. Additional plywood will be available for purchase.
- Fabriano Rosaspina paper 220 gr 70 x 100 cm – 6 large sheets. Additional printmaking paper will be available for purchase.
- Japanese Mulberry paper – 1 large sheet. Additional Japanese paper will be available for purchase.
- Drawing tools, pens, pencils
- Charbonnel Liquid Ink
- Liquid acrylic inks
- Oil Based Markers
- Arabic gum
- Woodcut tools
- Stone for sharpening
- Printing press
- Inks (more than 20 colors)
- Ink knifes
- Squirt bottles
- Cleaning supplies
- Paper towels, newsprint and rags
What to Bring
- Some examples of your art work
Mokulito / Budkalito
3 to 7 July 2017
Ewa Budka is a Polish artist/printmaker who has created work in the alternative printmaking process called Budkalito based on Japanese technique Mokulito, which uses wood as a printing matrix in place of the limestone used for lithography.
The process was originated in Japan by the artist Seishi Ozaku and can be used to produce both lithographic marks and the carved shapes and lines of woodcut together on a single image.
Born in Katowice, Poland, Budka has been a student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.
She learned of the process together with her father, Józef Budka, well-known as a lithographer/instructor and she has lectured widely on her research of Mokulito.
A video introduction is available at vimeo.com
Ewa Budka | “Research of Mokulito” from Whitty Remarks on Vimeo.