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all images © Florence Neal

An ongoing series of Liberty prints       

Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock prints) on handmade Japanese papers (washi).
Hand-carved woodblocks are hand-printed with water-based pigments.
Each print is unique (edition: 1/1)
Image size: 7" x 7"

Sonnet text by Emma Lazarus

"Liberty" prints are available for purchase,  email for inquiries.

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(a selection)

The blocks are hand carved using Japanese carving tools.      

Woodcut text in progress.





The text by poet Emma Lazarus is on a plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
—Emma Lazarus, 1883









The Liberty Series prints are made from hand-carved woodblocks using Japanese tools in the traditional 17th century Japanese Ukiyo-e (Floating Worlds) technique and now called mokuhanga “moku” translates to wood and “hanga” means print. The technique involves the use of numerous blocks, each carved and printed with a different  color using the Japanese kento registration method. The carved woodblocks are printed by hand with water-based pigments using a flat disc called a baren on washi, handmade Japanese paper made from kozo (mulberry) fiber. Hand printing and the natural elements of wood, water, pigment and paper are integral to this technique.