The Bamboo design is a combination of Japanese woodblock techniques and western relief printing from linoleum. Walking through the Arashiyama Forest in Kyoto, mesmerized by the huge pillars of bamboo soaring up to the sky, swaying in the breeze. This design captures the effect of being surrounded by these huge bamboo trees. Growing so tall and straight creates a very dramatic yet subtle graphic landscape, with layers and layers of linear bamboos receding into the distance.
The soft tonal printing from the Mokuhanga Bokashi effect suggest the tall columns of bamboo in the background, gradually building up layers of graduated watercolours to achieve the desired depth of tone. The linoleum design is printed on top to add a contrast of sharp leaves and a graphic design element.