red chochin girl
Inspired by the paper lanterns found all over Japan, this girl can be hung up as a seasonal decoration or at any time of year - we have several of these girls on our own family Christmas tree.
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. Made from sustainable American Tulipwood, with defined grain markings visible in the unpainted areas.
This wood girl was turned by a production turner to my design and then hand painted in the U.K. by me, a British artist. I love exploring the patterns and scenes encountered by me on my travels and in daily life. My wood girls are 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 15.5cm high including copper hanging ring.
Please note: THIS IS NOT A TOY and should be kept out of the reach of children.