extra large rope knot dragon
Artist's notes on style, materials and inspiration:
I have a love of Japanese knots, particularly the ones made using rice straw, a craft known as warazaiku. The craft came about as a by-product of the rice harvest and as such is connected to the Shinto religion through the rituals undertaken by farmers to ensure good harvests. The straw ropes are coiled by hand and prayers for good fortune are interwoven into the pieces, so that they serve as lucky talismans.
Made as they are from a natural product, they are quite fragile and not meant to last for a very long time (and very hard to keep dust free), so I have made my own longer lasting versions of them for our home from ceramic, wood and on paper, and now share some of these in the store from time to time.
As 2024 is the Year of the Dragon, some of these knots have morphed into dragons in my imagination - like this rope knot painted wall piece.
This version is a blue and white hand painted rope knot on wood taking the form of a dragon. Extra large size for a big visual impact. PLEASE NOTE: due to its packed size, this piece must be shipped by courier (UPS) outside of the UK.
Has a brass hanger on the back. Sealed with a matt acrylic top coat. Signed with a painted blue bear head on the reverse.
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 wooden wall decorations are made from 6mm plywood which will have a naturally occurring surface roughness - please make sure you consult the pictures carefully before purchasing.
PLEASE NOTE: Wood pieces 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.