Bette Norcross Wappner, artist and poet, lives in northern Kentucky with
her husband and two children. "b'oki" - the pen name given to her during
the WHCBeginners haiku workshop in autumn 2002 loosely reflects the
beauty of offshore islands and the creative inspiration she receives
while being near bodies of water, especially the ocean.
Previously a graphic designer, this artist and poet now enjoys creating
woodblock prints utilizing an old and traditional non-toxic water-based
Japanese technique called moku-hanga. Bette has worked with woodblock
printmaking since January 2003, taking her first workshop from Takuji
Hamanaka, seen here at http://www.petitemort.org/issue01/04.shtml and
also featured in Simply Haiku March/April 2002 archives by Bette while
she was the Simply Haiku Traditional Haiga Editor.
Bette enjoys the whole aesthetic process of woodblock printing - from
expressing the sacredness of nature and human nature into a design, to
the therapeutic aspect of carving away the wood into a relief image,
revealing texture and emotion. One does not need a heavy, steel machine
press or toxic oil-based ink to create moku-hanga prints...only a
simple, round flat tool made from nature called a baren. A baren
consists of a coil with very thin strands of braided bamboo placed
against a thin wooden disc and carefully covered with a bamboo sheath.
By hand printing with a baren, one puts their heart, soul, and physical
energy into melding the ink into the paper, creating a unity of nature
and art that can only be truly appreciated by feeling and seeing its
texture while holding it up to the light of the sun.
Most of Bette's prints include haiku and special effects of paper
embossing and ground mica powder mixed into the ink or rice paste binder
creating a reflective quality. To learn more about this type of special
effects print called 'surimono' and the moku-hanga process, please visit
http://www.barenforum.org and http://www.woodblock.com. To see more of
Bette's woodblock prints visit: