To show that even centuries-old art genres can still keep up with the times, the ‘Rhythm Force’ project in Japan has come up with a collection of woodblock prints and paintings that depict scenes from a galaxy far, far away.
In collaboration with Lucas Films, the project has turned iconic characters and events from Star Wars – including Darth Vader, R2D2, and the Battle of Hoth – into Ukiyo-E prints. Popularized in Meiji Era Japan some 350 years ago, Ukiyo-e involves art being done by three craftsmen: the ‘horishi’ who sculpts the graphics in wooden blocks, the ‘eshi’ who paints them, and the ‘surishi’ who prints the final images on Japanese paper.
Released on crowdfunding website ‘Makuake, the project has already gone on to raise 10,746,000 yen (about $87,000) in funding. If you can read Japanese, you can still get yourself what’s left of the 200 limited edition prints here.
Via Design Boom