Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
... is that it has lead to an exhibition, and therefore an opportunity to make something instead of just mulling it over in my head. The delightful Rebecca Mayo is curating a project for Impact7 that will be in her Dolls House gallery. The house this time will be located inside the artist/designer run gallery: Hand Held. Each artist in the show (others being Rebecca, Heather Hesterman, and Richard Harding) will get a room of the Dolls House, the title is: Inside-out, Outside-in.
Without giving too much away too early in the piece ( I hate being held to account to an idea I leave behind) I'll be working with the amount of neckties I have amassed recently... Vintage Pierre Cardin anyone?
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Kunisada "Playing cards"
One attributed to Toyoshige from an album of 12 lovers in front of decorative screens. This series has a wonderful scene within an scene framing of the screens- but only one of Fuji.
Very Good. Excellent colors. Margins trimmed; very minor soiling.
Exceptionally clean for "shunga."
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
- The ties overall shape and design is reminiscent of the American "Bold Look": wide, with deco patterning and the era when girlie ties became popular.
- The colours and pattens are very similar to ties I saw in Beppu that where still in there wrappers in dusty old stores run by ancient women in the cities post-war covered arcades
- The bathing and courtesan themes of the peek-a-boo, promote the two big industries of Beppu- hot springs and brothels.
- Fuji, is this instance, symbolises Japan rather than indicates a location.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Just about everything is seasonal in Japan, from clothing to stationary, postcards, food treats and the wonderful wrapping cloths. The re-occuring images for late sticky summer where fireworks, dragonflies, fans, lanterns and Blue Fuji.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
I have been spending the day editing out cars and people from the background video for a new work that I am going to show at Aichi Triennale. Watching all those cars disappear made me wonder whether I really should have been adding them in..
This is the first time I have blogged a video over from flickr it seems to have compressed a bit- I just tried to view it in full screen and that was better. click here to view at flickr
Any helpful advice bloggers? Lucas?
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Bought at ABC Mart in Tokyo, Sarah's shoes are the largest men's size. She said a shop assistant ran from the Shinjuku store she was in, a couple of blocks and back to bring her the right size. I love the concentric circles round the sun.
After a very exciting weekend at the 7th printmaking symposium I got onto the blog printeresting, thanks to the beautiful Rebecca Mayo, they also have a little story about the Great Wave shoes.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
On the way to Nikko National Park- but not Nikko itself. It was a fantastic clear day, the first one since I returned from Nagoya and Beppu. I wish I had had time to go up the Government Towers to the viewing platform, but that view was not to be this trip to Japan. I did however get to add this surprise view. Surprising because this must be the furtherest away I have seen Fuji and although it was one of the "suggested views" I didn't think I would have a chance to go to Nikko. It's barely a white outline in this last image. The weather had been so bad in my last weeks I was giving up hope of seeing Fuji one last time.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Heading back to Tokyo, today was sunny with clouds, so was not sure how Fuji will appear. But as there is still probably a fair amount of snow on the peak I thought it would most likely be shrouded in clouds, but as I had never seen this view I was pretty excited about being close enough to get that vista.
The first shot is of one of the rivers on the edge of Nagoya so you can see how the sky mostly was that day and appreciate the micro climate that Fuji produces with its height and snow expanse.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
and there is no way you can see it from here. Although there is a Fuji-look-alike here- I only just worked that out this afternoon in an onsen selling Beppu postcards- I will have to find some more out- there is no mention in my hiking book. Any ideas or local knowledge out there?
UPDATE: I there is a look-a-like in Beppu but this view is probably of Fuji- or another look-a-like.
Not far into the trip- just after the official announcements- one being that you could use wireless on the train- the first views of Fuji appeared after coming out of a tunnel.
I was so excited about the wireless, that I could blog seeing Fuji in the moment, that I almost missed the first viewing point. As it turned out you needed a Japanese account to use the internet- and I was so cross eyed with tiredness that I had to sleep.
The second view is again coming out a tunnel and the mountain profile at this point immediately reminded me of this Hokusai print- Fuji in the spring breeze (?) Not sure will have to look it up and correct this.
I didn't know that Fuji had a hump. One of the mysterious things about Fuji is its hard to orient where you are in relation to it, from it's profile- maybe this is just because I don't know it.
Pretty sure the last point is disappearing into a tunnel too- although I was pretty delirious so who knows.
Update: the Hokusai print is called
Monday, March 1, 2010
Spent windy cold Sunday at Oi-Yacho Koen, a nice day including meeting new people and seeing lots of ducks, including the Common Teal and Tufted Duck.
Out the way out Masa told me you could see Fuji-san from the walkway bridge over the rail line. When I saw it I clapped my hands and squealed like a ten-year-old girl who has been told that she is going for a pony ride. I still don’t understand the pull it exerts over me. Even this pollution hazed view was exciting.
I have started to think about collecting views of Fuji has a work and see if I can meet any Fuji-san enthusiasts.
Saturday, February 27, 2010
It was my first time to this edge of Tokyo and I gotten pretty disorientated by taking a long way around to get out of Tokyo. Also it had been cloudy on the train out to Kamakura so by the afternoon when I got on top of the ridge behind the Great Buddha- Daibutsu, I was completely surprised by this view of the blue mountain. Just as I was snapping away in ecstasy one of Tokyo's hiker pensioners came by in very clean, high tech, light weight, walking gear. I pointed and exclaimed "Fuji-san", he just grunted and stepped around me not pausing or breaking pace.