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The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.12 The Mended Bowl'


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  • Image of The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.12 The Mended Bowl'
  • Image of The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.12 The Mended Bowl'
  • Image of The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.12 The Mended Bowl'

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, or find its own way in the world. 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.

Twelfth in the series is ‘The Mended Bowl’.

Every print comes with a printed and signed 'story slip' (see images) describing how the character depicted came to their discarded life:

“The Life of Discarded Things/ No.12 The Mended Bowl/修理された茶碗

This bowl was found by her owner in a second hand shop in Tokyo.
Although inexpensive, she was handmade with beautiful blue decoration that her owner loved. She was used as a favourite tea bowl for several years until one sad day when she was knocked from the draining board, resulting in a large crack and a piece which completely detached. The owner was heartbroken, but couldn’t bear to part with her favourite bowl and so placed the pieces in a drawer.

Then one day she discovered a gallery offering a kintsugi service...
Three weeks later the bowl was returned - repaired and more beautiful than ever, and with her golden scars shining delicately in the evening candlelight, this nearly discarded object knew she was loved, flaws and all...”

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. This print in the series has also been hand foiled in gold to highlight the repair, as would be achieved through kintsugi, or 'golden joinery' in a 3D piece. 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.