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July 19, 2011

what did I do with the woven shifu? 

I used it as a background for a collage by Dorothy Field. Sorry about the reflection but it was just too much trouble to take it all apart again and photograph it without the glass.

I love how the ink marks in the shifu pick up the writing in the art.

the faux bamboo frame was a great find in the second-hand store, it took a little fussing to make it fit.

The matt is constructed from book board (heavy cardboard) with a thin sheet of mulberry paper glued to it using rice flour paste.

The shifu was then glued to the board.

In Japan you can buy rice paste glue in a nice plastic tube. I cooked my own with a little water and mochiko (sweet rice flour from the Japanese grocery store).

 cook the water and flour stirring constantly until it looks almost opaque. It will keep for a few days in the fridge, cleans up easily but you have to work fast as it dries quickly.

why do we choose the art we do? The central figure in the collage is obviously Japanese. She reminds me of oharame, women from Ohara who sold their produce in Kyoto and carried it on their head. Ohara is a village nestled in the foothills of Mt. Hiei-zan near Kyoto. When I was at Kawashima my classmates took me to the annual festival in Ohara. Traditional indigo dyed kasuri work clothes were available to wear for the day including straw sandles, leggings and head coverings. 

you really have to be careful driving home from the bar at night!

waiting for lunch.

yes, that’s Ohara – me.

from an old book of Japanese prints.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2011 6:39 am

    jean, i missed this entry-this is so interesting. thank you again, for weaving the past and your present practice together so beautifully


  2. July 20, 2011 8:00 pm

    Very appropriate use of your cloth! I love the pictures of Ohara too.


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