Koinobori Girl (Orange)
The last holiday in the Japanese 'Golden Week' is on May 5th - a traditional event that has become the modern holiday of 'childrens day' (Kodomo no Hi/ 子供の日). During April and early May you will see carp streamers being flown from poles and wires over buildings, streets and rivers - the sight is super colourful and especially joyful. An ancient Chinese legend told of a carp who swam determinedly up a waterfall and thus became a dragon - hence the image of a flying carp. The streamers used to be hung traditionally to represent parents and offspring, but nowadays, pretty much anything goes! I have made a few new girls for 2020 celebrating this event. The carp streamers are made from wooden beads which are wired to the pole and can be gently repositioned.
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.