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Woodcut print craft in Hangzhou

2014-12-10 13:59:15



Wei Lizhong carves a celebrity’s image onto a seal in Shizhuzhai studio. [Photo/Xinhua]

Wei Lizhong, inheritor of Hangzhou’s woodcut print craft, has made more than a hundred celebrity seals, including Chinese and foreign celebrities’ images. His innovation injects new vitality into this traditional craft. Wei created the Shizhuzhai studio in 2001 and he was a student of Chen Pinchao and Zhang Genyuan.

The woodcut print is evolved from the traditional color print that is to create a high quality copy of Chinese painting and calligraphy and is based on the woodblock overprint and “Gong Hua” techniques of the Ming Dynasty. The process consists of four steps: outline tracing, woodblock cutting, watermarking and framing. In 2008, the woodcut print was listed in the catalogue of national intangible cultural heritage.

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