After receiving her BFA from Sam Houston State University, Daryl lived and taught art at an overseas school in Tokyo in the 1970’s. During this time Howard was introduced to a private collection of 18th and 19th century Ukiyo-e woodcuts. Feeling an immediate connection to the works of art and wanting to learn more about the woodblock print making process, Daryl embarked on an apprenticeship with master printmaker Hodaka Yoshida. By the time she left Japan, Howard had become proficient in the medium, well on her way to perfecting the painstaking demands of carving and printing. Immediately returning to graduate school in 1976 at the University of Texas at Austin, she began her experience with a second medium, mixed media collage.
“The technique of woodblock printmaking is part of my soul. After over forty-five years of sketching, carving, and printing, I am still as excited as I was when I pulled my first print with Hodaka Yoshida in Tokyo. The textural thread within my collage work leads from one image to the next. There is something magical about using the elements of the planet: gold, silver, copper, gemstones, and pigments made from soils. These processes have become a way of expressing my world. It involves seeing images through a series of shapes, arranged and colored to represent the essence … the magic … that I experience” Daryl Howard
About the Process
The technique of woodblock printmaking dates back to the 2nd century B.C. in China. Japan has enjoyed a long tradition of woodblock printmaking, with woodcuts first appearing in 1770 A.D. Ms. Howard’s technique of woodblock printing is exclusively the traditional Japanese method which she studied in Tokyo, Japan under Master Hodaka Yoshida. A carved woodblock is created for each color in the print. Watercolor and rice paste are applied with a Japanese brush to the wood. A dampened piece of handmade mulberry “Kizuki” paper is placed on the block and pressed, transferring the color to the paper. Two sides of each piece of paper are exactingly cut at right angles for the registration of the paper to the woodblock. The precise hand-registration of the paper to each block must be repeated many times throughout the creation of one print. Daryl’s signature of 22K gold, silver, or copper leaf is applied last as an embellishment to the print. Each print is released in limited editions of 50.
Mixed Media Collage
Daryl begins each collage by creating a metallic leafed background. The entire surface is covered with 22K gold, sterling silver, or copper leaf. Cut and torn papers are used to create shapes within the piece and textured areas are created from earth pigments and applied gemstones. Highlighted areas within the piece are created with overlays of metallic leaf. Recent work reflects a return to her beginnings by utilizing segments of antique Japanese woodblock prints and kimono fabrics within her collage. Daryl’s collage process is evolutionary – each piece builds and layers into the next.