For the amazing 41st Anniversary, we teamed up with REMAINS.space to put together some amazing artwork for you. They created a beautiful woodblock print, using black and red ink, to celebrate with us.
This print was carved by hand on a block of Japanese maple, and the ink applied separately to print everything all at once. We talked to Kerim Hudson, the head of REMAINS.space for a little more information.
Ross: Why did you choose to do a woodblock print?
Kerim: I thought the Woodblock would be very fitting, as it is a traditional Japanese technique of printmaking, and with the USS Indianapolis sinking after being hit by a Japanese torpedo it created a strong connection between the artistic style and the topics covered in the film.
Ross: How long did it take you to carve the block?
Kerim: The text is always difficult to carve which can make the print take longer, but I spent approximately 20 hours carving this board trying to capture some of the details in the waves and to make sure it was a strong visual.
Ross: Have you seen Jaws? What are your thoughts on the movie?
Kerim: I always remember watching snippets of it but don't think I've ever sat down and watched the whole movie in one go. It's one of those cult films that people seem to love or hate, but its definitely a strong film. When I was looking through The Daily Jaws Instagram, I totally got a new appreciation for the film and understanding the context of when the film was made and the series of hurdles they had to overcome. I've really just got to find some time to sit down and watch it!
Ross: You definitely should! Could you explain a little more the design you put together for us?
Kerim: Sure. As I said previously, the Woodblock relief printmaking method is a Japanese art form that goes back centuries, and many people tend to be most aware of the work of Hokusai, especially his "Great Wave" print. Hokusai was a strong inspiration within this print as well, with the clouds and the waves being referenced from some of his work. I wanted to try and capture a strong part of the film without giving too much away in the print, which is why I focused on the shark being the focus but also with some key elements of the film in the background.
Ross: Well, thank you. We appreciate what you've done for us here. Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Kerim: Not a problem. I think that what you guys are doing here is great and you've got a really strong community sense, and I really look forward to working with you again in the future.