娘と手まり (Girl Playing with Temari)
Price: $ 30.00£ 23.00€ 26.75
Description: The craft of embroidering balls with silk thread has been practiced in Japan for centuries. The balls are known as temari, and were originally made by ladies of the nobility and upper classes - people with plenty of time on their hands!
Back in the mid-1990s, I received one day a very nice present from Shimano-san, the man who prepared the blank woodblocks for my carving work. Knowing that I was interested in trying some very detailed carving, he gave me a piece of very old boxwood, a type of wood much denser than the cherry that is normally used for Japanese printmaking.
I 'saved' it for a few years, until such time as I could find a suitable design - one with elegant drawing and fine detail. This print is the result.
A special feature of this kind of print is the way that the printed lines get embossed into the paper. To see this in the way that the viewers of past eras did, one must turn off any overhead lighting and hold the print near a window or lamp. The light falling horizontally across the print will then highlight the embossments and allow the full texture of the beautiful Japanese paper to be enjoyed.
That is the way it would have been appreciated back in the pre-electric 'old days,' and you can experience a momentary 'time slip' as you enjoy the sensation of the blend of delicate pigments and wonderful Japanese washi.
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