Japanese Woodcut Posters of Star Wars by Rhythm Force
In today's age of digital art and virtual tools, it's difficult to fathom the need for almost any of the older printing methods. With all the rapid change and proliferation of graphics programs, why would anyone even want to do things the old ways, which were often messy, painstaking and difficult? This is the rhetorical question answered in the most splendidly archaic form by Rhythm Force, a Japanese collective of artisans dedicated to conserving cultural heritage in the visual arts. Their answer to that question comes in the form of this awesome series of kabuki-style Star Wars posters. If all the noise on social media is any indication, it was a smart move on their part. What better creative medium than popular a beloved franchise to bring the ancient and beautiful process of woodcut printing back to social consciousness? They've already raised over 12 million yen (nearly $100K) on Japanese crowdfunding site Kakuake, more than eight times greater then their published goal of 1.5 million. Needless to say, as printers we are happy to see them.