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The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.10 The Blunt Scissors'


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  • Image of The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.10 The Blunt Scissors'
  • Image of The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.10 The Blunt Scissors'

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.

Tenth in the series is ‘The Blunt Scissors’.

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.10 The Blunt Scissors/鈍いハサミ

Originally far from discarded, these scissors were a staple of household life; being used for string, paper, card, wool, plastic wrap, thread, tape, cable ties and a few times for wire when the owner couldn’t find the wire cutters. Over time, this resulted in dull, nicked blades which don’t cut so well at all and this pair of scissors began to be relied upon less.

Annoyed at finding themselves out of favour, these scissors take out their frustrations on anything that crosses their path – tangling string, hiding the end of the sticky tape so it can’t be found and fluffing the ends of sewing thread so the owner can never thread her needle.

They also take particular delight in sliding knitting off the needles and taking the cap off the glue stick.”

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.