James Bier

Bringing Japanese Inspired Woodblock Printing Into Your Life

Discussion led by James Bier

Oversees the Japan House Tea & Dry Garden at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 PM

FREE for Garden Members | $5 for Non-Members

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The art of woodblock printing is accessible to anyone.  The introduction of Japanese prints into Western Art in the late 19th century led to new ways of expression and design.  James Bier will demonstrate the tools, materials and techniques to make a print and will show examples of prints from different periods.

For 49 years, James Bier was a staff cartographer and instructor of Geography at the University of Illinois. Over the years, he has made nearly 3000 maps and atlases for authors and publishers throughout the U.S. as well as publishing his own works.  His specialty has been Hawaii and the Pacific Island nations.  James holds a strong interest in Japanese culture and gardens as a result of living in Japan at the end of the Korean War.  Having his Japanese-style house and gardens on .6 acres of land, thousands of visitors have come to his home.  Since 1997, with the concept of the new Japan House, he has been associated first with its construction followed by his financing, designing, constructing and maintaining the Tea garden and Dry Garden for the University.  A third Stroll Garden is planned for the future.  His study of Japanese gardens continues along with teaching new people for future care of the gardens he has created.

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