Make 100: Yosemite Views Block Prints

Hi there! My name is Daniel Villa, and I am printmaker. I create black and white prints utilizing the relief techniques of linocut and woodcut. I have started what will become a series of prints revolving around Yosemite National Park. I hope you will join me on this trip.

For the last five years I have been making a camping trip to Yosemite National Park, I have a dedicated pair of boots and a sketchbook set aside for this special time of the year. Not only do I visit the park to go hike and but also to make art. This year I was not able to visit the park due to COVID-19 in its place I decided to bring a little of Yosemite to me. I started a series of linocut and woodcut prints based off pictures taken on previous trips.



More about the future of Yosemite Views project:

I see Yosemite Views as a long-term project inspired by two different printmakers: Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hokusai (1760-1849) most well-known for The Great Wave off Kanagawa, creator of the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji. The second artist being American visual artist, Nathan Johnson who created his own Thirty-Six Views series revolving around Mount Tamalpais, the highest peak in the Marin Hills of the San Francisco Bay Area.



I intend to follow the footsteps of these two great printmakers and creating my own Thirty-Six Views of Yosemite over the next couple years. The goal is not only to create thirty-six woodcuts based of pictures or reference sketches made on-site but hosting a single exhibit once project has been completed and printing a companion catalog.


What your pledge means:



Your pledge is really appreciated. It enables me to kickstart this project and share a little bit of how I have experienced Yosemite with you. Further pledges mean I can invest in costs associated with running my website and online store where I typically sell my block prints. The more pledges I received the more I can create and finance further excursion to Yosemite for more source material. Eventually, I hope I will be able to save enough money to invest on a tabletop etching press to elevate the quality and speed of my printmaking. I hope you join me in this journey.


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With thanks,

Daniel