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The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.11 The Empty Sketchbook'


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  • Image of The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.11 The Empty Sketchbook'

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.

Eleventh in the series is ‘The Empty Sketchbook’.

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.11 The Empty Sketchbook/空白のスケッチブック

Unfulfilled potential is one of the saddest things in life, and something the empty sketchbook knows all about. He came home from the stationers in a state of blissful excitement, utterly sure that he would at last fulfil his purpose. But his new owner had an unfortunate habit of being unable to resist the ’fresh start’ offered by the blank page and allowed herself to procrastinate eternally, leaving him empty in more ways than one.

This unfortunate situation has turned the sketchbook into something of an exhibitionist, resorting to attention seeking behaviour by startling the poor pencils with his blank pages, believing them to be partly responsible for his unfulfillment.”

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.