new year girl
One of the rituals of a Japanese new year is to set out offerings to welcome the new year deities into your home. One such offering is a little stand of 'kagami mochi' - white rice dumplings often with a citrus fruit on top. This girl has been inspired by the offering, and could be set out in your home to welcome the new year in.
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. She has been finished in a top coat of matt acrylic.
A note about 'Wood Girls'
My wooden girls are turned from lime or linden wood by a production turner and then 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 new 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, but they are very much in the spirit of kokeshi.
Stamped underneath with ‘nakamura’ characters [中村] in red ink.
Approximately 18cm high.
Please note: THIS IS NOT A TOY and should be kept out of the reach of children.