The Life of Discarded Things - 'No. 1 The Drippy Teapot'
Japanese folklore & proverbs are a huge source of inspiration to me and this new 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.
First in the series is ‘The Drippy Teapot’.
Every print comes with a printed paper 'story slip' (see images above) describing how the character depicted came to their discarded life:
“The Life of Discarded Things/ No.1 The Drippy Teapot/ドリップドリップティーポット
The spout of this teapot began to drip soon after it was purchased, making it impossible to pour a cup of tea without getting it all over the table. Fed up with the constant dribbles of water, rather than finding a new use for it, the owner put it into the back of the cupboard, and forgot all about it. Resentful, the little ceramic teapot now leaves small puddles of water on surfaces in the home, and the owner is always wondering why her sleeves keep getting wet from the kitchen counter.”
The story slip can be pasted on to the backing board of a frame, or mounted in a window under the print itself for framing if desired (if using bespoke framing).
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: A3 (297 x 420 mm or 11.7 x 16.5 inches).
Signed in pencil and stamped with nakamura characters [中村] in red ink.
Please note: the print is sold unframed, but fits an IKEA ribba frame.