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White Wood Framed Limited Editioned Block Print (8" x 8") ‘Peony Rice Bowl’

Block printing or Relief Printmaking is a traditional form of printing that dates back to several thousand years ago. It is a process that involves engraving into carving materials such as stone, wood, metal, linoleum and more and pressing the matrix (block) onto paper, fabric, metal, and clay to leave a relief impression. This form of printing produces original pieces of work time and time again. It allows for unique art prints with character, unachievable by digital printers and their digital reproductions. The history, beauty, skill and creation process are all embodied in each print.


This original linocut art print was hand-carved and hand-pressed by me. I hope these blue bowls resonate with a lot of Chinese Americans and also those who appreciate the culture. The idea in the merging of the flower and the bowl is a play on the classic/traditional use of peony motifs on Chinese porcelain, but in my design, the peony flower is sitting in the bowl. The merging of the two items results in the meaning of peace, longevity, and good fortune.

The Story:

I recently stumbled on Gold Thread’s video, “Those Famous Blue Chinese Bowls Come from This Town” (Watch Video) and immediately thought of the same bowls I’ve used growing up at my grandma’s apartment in Chinatown, NY. The video taught me something I never knew and made me reminisce on all the great memories of her. Inspired by my grandma’s blue bowls and the very last gift I was able to give her, the Peony flower, I made art in her memory.

Print and Frame Specifications:
- Printed on 4"x4" 30/gsm hand-frayed edge 'Kitakana' (gampi fiber) paper
- Limited edition of 25 prints (your print will be labeled #/25), titled and signed with pencil
- Matted on 300/gsm premium heavy-weight, cold-pressed, 100% cotton paper with hand-painted blue watercolor wash
- Water-based block printing ink
- Mounted on an acid-free white mat and backing board with archival mounting adhesives
- Composite white wood frame; Black woodchip backboard; Tabletop easel stand for alternative display; Metal sawtooth hanger hardware for wall display
- Tempered (Shatter-proof) glass with 8"x 8" window display

For a Good Cause:
A portion of purchase proceeds are donated to Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), a non-profit organization that has been working to strengthen the voice of Asian American and Pacific Islander Community for 25 years. This NPO works across a wide range of issue areas to ensure that the AAPI community voices are being represented wherever policy and public opinion may affect the communities. They actively offer resources and programs for anti-racial profiling projects, acquiring accurate census polls, working with community partners to hear the needs of the community, advancing immigration and immigrant rights, litigation efforts on promoting voices of underserved communities and civil rights issues, advancing justice in the media and world, and through administrative and legislative legal advocacies to highlight impact of telecommunications and technologies in the communities.

Hanging Instructions & Care: Hang away from direct sunlight and in a dry and relatively low-humidity environment. For indoor display only.

Shipment & Processing:
Safely packed and shipped via USPS. Processing time for this made-to-order print is 3-5 days. Tracking number is automatically emailed once shipped.