darumaramarama - favourite things #20
Artist's notes on style, materials and inspiration:
A special 'favourite things' girl to celebrate reaching no.20 in the series of things I love. This girl is the tallest wood girl to date - covered in darumas, one of them is my character 'dokidokiDaruma' from my original blog stories - his belly kanji reads 'kokoro' which means 'heart' as he is a sensitive fellow. All the other darumas have the usual 'good fortune' kanji on them - can you find him?
My 'favourite things' wood girl series shares the things I particularly love; a favourite motif or theme, a microseason, a building or an object. Turned from American Tulipwood, a sustainable and interestingly grained timber, the pieces are turned by a production wood turner in the UK to my designs, then painted by me, a British artist. This girl is finished in a matt finish acrylic protective top coat.
This super tall girl is approximately 36cm in height. Favourite Things girls are numbered on the base, this one is #20. She is also signed and titled.
My pieces are painted in a naïve and simple style, with visible brush strokes and differing paint consistencies. It is important to note that these dolls are made from real wood which will have naturally occurring markings and grain, and sometimes there will be small amount of bleeding along the grain, or knots, which is to be expected when using untreated wood - please make sure you consult the pictures carefully before purchasing.
My wood girls are made in the 'spirit of kokeshi', being originally inspired by the 'creative' kokeshi branch of the traditional Japanese folk craft of wooden limbless dolls which are turned on a lathe and hand painted. Dentō kokeshi are the traditional kokeshi, deeply rooted to their places of manufacture (often onsen towns) within Japan and made with very specific body shapes and pattern designs, often by generations of a same family. Dentō kokeshi can today be classified under eleven different types: Naruko, Tsuchiyu, Togatta, Yajiro, Sakunami, Yamagata, Kijiyama, Nanbu, Tsugaru, Zao-takayu, and Hijiori. By contrast, 'creative' or sosaku kokeshi are not associated with any particular region or style and often made by artists unconnected to craft families, and apart from the fact that they are still turned on a lathe, their styles and decoration are pretty much limitless.
PLEASE NOTE: Wood girls should be kept away from water which can damage the wood and painted surface, and also away from direct heat/ sunlight which also can affect the surface colour and the timber itself.