I know a few random things about Japan, such as cherry blossoms, the mountain Fuji, Manga and sushi but I do not know Japan. I feel Japan is pretty much a mystery for me.
However, I do know that the old printing technique, wood cut, has got its origins in Japan ( and China ).
Some Finnish artists like Ellen Thesleff and Helene Shjerfbeck were inspired of Japanese wood cuts (as many other artists all over Europe those days ).
|The Great Wave of Kanagava,1729-32, Katsushika Hokusai, woodcut print,|
|Smiling Girl, Helene Shjerfbeck, 1921, oil and mixed media on paper|
The themes of my wood cuts and mixed media works have something to do with memories, associations and identity.
My grandma was a dressmaker and the threads of this work are hers.
She passed away a long, long time ago but somehow I can feel her strong personality and presence even now. She was a creative and unique personality, always wearing elegant hats
and smoking constantly.
the theme of this week´s drawing challenge is Japan and our charming host is Nadine, see her fascinating blog Tiny WOOLF for more.
In a Dressmaker´s Family, 2014, acrylics, wood cut and threads on canvas, 60 x 90cm