Haiku Girl - Rotting Grass Becomes Fireflies
After doing several year long haiku projects about the microseasons, I have decided I would like to occasionally make a special wood girl inspired by one of the seasonal markers. This particular marker is for early summer, for the five day period from June 11-15, and remains one of my favourites. She has been dipped in Japanese blue ink, to allow the tendrils of colour to creep gently up her body - with the effect of long grass. Then I have added little gold foiled 'fireflies' on her otherwise unpainted body which has quite a nice subtle grain. She comes with a handpainted and foiled postcard with the following haiku typed on my blue typewriter:
'firefly matsuri -
rising from the rotting grass
with their lanterns lit'
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, which is to be expected when using untreated wood - please make sure you consult the pictures carefully before purchasing. She has been finished in a top coat of matt acrylic.
A note about 'Wood Girls'
My wooden girls are made from lime or linden wood and hand painted in the U.K. by me, a British artist, exploring patterns and scenes encountered by me on my travels and in daily life. They were inspired by the kokeshi dolls made in Japan, and with every purchase I include a leaflet explaining a little about the history of kokeshi in Japan and how they are made. I prefer to call mine 'wood girls' to distinguish them from the traditional folk craft of Japan.
Stamped underneath with ‘nakamura’ characters [中村] in red ink.
Approximately 14cm high.
Please note: THIS IS NOT A TOY and should be kept out of the reach of children.