The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.2 The Unfinished Knitting'
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.
Second in the series is ‘The Unfinished Knitting’.
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.2 The Unfinished Knitting/未完成の編み物
This little piece of crafted wool was once the spirit of optimism: a knitting project begun in the New Year, intended to be something warm and inviting to see its maker through the winter…
But then she went back to work, and at first he lay on a cushion on the sofa, waiting hopefully to be picked up in the evenings and on his way to becoming something. Then during a spring clean, he was placed into ‘the project basket’, and subsequently forgotten.
In his rage, he was transformed into quite a nasty little yōkai – with both sharp teeth and long fingers – all the better to bite holes in knitwear and pull out threads, and his owner now spends her life wondering where all the pilling comes from…”
The story slip can be pasted on to the backing board of a frame (example shown above), or mounted in a window under the print itself for framing if desired (if using bespoke framing). My signature on the print is in the bottom right hand corner, so probably won't show if getting the print mounted, so if you would like the story slip signed with my red makers stamp and pencil signature, please message me when placing the order.
Entirely hand printed using natural oil based pigment inks and hand carved rubber printing blocks. 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 in the bottom right hand corner.
Please note: the print is sold unframed, but fits an IKEA ribba frame and mount (shown in some pictures for illustration purposes).