The Life of Discarded Things - 'King Pin' A4 Print
Japanese folklore & proverbs are a huge source of inspiration to me and this series of prints looks at an area of particular fascination. In Japanese folklore all things have a spirit (or a god residing within them), including such items as household tools and objects. In literature and illustrated books there are examples of Yōkai (a supernatural monster or spirit/妖怪) which have been transformed from everyday items into mischievous characters once they reach 100 years in age. But in addition, an object that has been tossed aside or remained unused without the proper thanks can also become animated into taking revenge. This series of prints will highlight some of the characters you may find familiar in your own home, and might give you pause for thought.
After my initial series of twelve there followed four seasonal yōkai in December 2018, and I will add more as they tell me their stories.
"Name: King Pin/ キングピン
Origin: Grows from the detritus left after household sewing projects.
Appearance: Comprised entirely from ends of thread, cloth scraps, dropped and bent pins and broken needles.
Typical Habitats: Under sofas, down the side of the armchair, at the bottom of sewing baskets and project bags.
Dangers: Favourite kind of mischief is to throw bits of thread and bent pins into the path of the vacuum cleaner, who is a very nervous creature.
This yōkai also has the potential to grow to large sizes and has been known to absorb smaller dust yōkai."
This print comes in two versions - one with the little monster and his information printed together on one sheet (images 2 and 3), or just King Pin on his own signed with his name, and a separate 'story slip', which can be pasted to the back of the frame if required.
Individually hand printed using Japanese pigment inks and hand carved rubber printing blocks, with ink details. Each print will have natural small variations, due to the methods used - the one you receive may not be exactly the same as the one shown in the photographs.
Printed on 100g oatmeal 100% recycled paper (with natural flecks).
Paper size: A4 (210 × 297 mm or 8.27 × 11.69 inches).
Signed in pencil and stamped with nakamura characters [中村] in red ink.