The Life of Discarded Things - No. 8 'The Unworn Sneakers'
Japanese folklore & proverbs are a huge source of inspiration to me and this 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.
Eighth in the series is ‘The Unworn Sneakers’.
Every print comes with a signed and stamped paper 'story slip' (see images above) describing how the character depicted came to their discarded life:
“The Life of Discarded Things/ No.8 The Unworn Sneakers /ミントコンディションのスニーカー
These sneakers were made in a limited edition by an artist and bought by their owner in a flurry of fierce bidding in an online auction. Originally intending to wear them and show off his fashion prowess, upon receiving them, the purchaser decided that they were so good they would increase in value if they remained unworn and in mint condition, and so they have been left untouched in their box ever since.
Seething at this lack of respect, these sneakers began to plot their revenge, and since making the transition into yōkai, have wreaked havoc amongst his clothing. They are particularly fond of chewing through the laces of his everyday sneakers with their sharp teeth and have also been known to take a bite out of his denims too – although he always just assumes that's a part of their design..."
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 archival pigment inks and hand carved rubber printing blocks, with hand inked 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.