The Life of Discarded Things - 'No.3 The Potshards'
Japanese folklore & proverbs are a huge source of inspiration to me and this series of prints begun in 2017 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/ unfinished can develop a personality - sometimes vengeful, sometimes not. 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.
Third in the series is ‘The Potshards’.
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.3 The Potshards/ 焼き物の破片
Unearthed in an English garden, these little fragments of domestic pottery were once thrown into the ground after the pots they were part of had broken, spending many decades in a dormant state performing a slow ballet beneath the lawn, moved by roots, water and earthworms...
When a flower bed was dug over, they were ‘rediscovered’ - picked up, turned over, examined, washed. The man who found them has a special shed shelf devoted to displaying these treasures, and they have even been proudly shared on social media.
With this new lease of life, they are happy with their lot, and often help around the garden shed, tidying up plant labels and untangling bits of string. They even have names: Willow, Fleur & Mocha.”
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). The story slips are also signed and stamped, as a mount/ mat may hide the signature on the print itself.
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 on the lower right hand side beneath the printed title.
Please note: the print is sold unframed, but fits an IKEA ribba frame and mount (shown in some pictures for illustration purposes).