Saturday, 27 February 2016

Japanese Lacquer - Painting or Sculpture?

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Japanese Lacquer Is it Painting or Sculpture ?


Lacquer Technology Collaborative Process

Production of Modern Industrial Design Collaborative Process

Japanese Artists have designed for Lacquer Objects ranging from combs and chopsticks up to cabinets and including inro tsuba painting on paper and leather writing boxes eating bowls buckets and shelving.

Here's an example designed and crafted by Shibata Zeshin

Is this painting or sculpture?

This is a closeup of a wooden panel used as a door. Some areas are clearly high relief and others seem to have had pigment applied. The blades of grass look brushed on. The metal kettle could be inlay with color applied but equally likely it could be the lacquer equivalent of a sprig made of a moulded compound of clay lacquer and charcoal and other pigments with the final details incised.

Like a painting there's tone and color
Like a sculpture there's carving and molding.

Another example a takamakie inro and no this is probably NOT solid metal!

Rather many inro were molded thick paper or thin sections of wood which a woodworking specialist turned and shaped for lacquer workshops.

Inro were both what objects of art and cases for carrying things.
Not all of them were as elaborate as this.

Why gold or rather gold and other metallic powders?
Lacquer interacts and changes pigments even mineral ones.

The inro you see here   combines a wood or paper core plus dozens of layers of lacquer in varying colors of metallic powder plus probably some inlay or molded clay/lacquer/powder "putty for the rocks though it is possible the the lacquer was carved back and polished to create the rocks and maintain a high metallic sheen.

Lacquer was also an industrial process.

Shops specialized in creating several types of liquid lacquer and other businesses creating the metallic powders and raw pigments. Woodworking specialists created cores for lacquer to be applied. Apprentices and women polished the various layers. Each layer had to be dried. Many layers had to be metallic powders applied. Black backgrounds are probably lacquer plus charcoal or iron powder. Areas that look like ink may actually have been lines incised through layers of lacquer back down to a black layer and then filled with black so in some cases the lacquer object is almost a monotype print and etched!

So lacquer can be painting sculpture and an industrial process plus a really good method for preserving and protecting wooden surfaces!

So how to define it?

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Friday, 26 February 2016

Glyphika is still here with a medley!

Greetings from Glyphika

Apparently a couple of posts I made disappeared into darkspace or something

Which means you don't know about all the new stuff up on Red bubble !

Some Links!

A gorgeous colorful STICKER

A seriously MONO fractal pattern TOTE

but also something old fashioned  hand painted then scanned and tiled DOTS of watercolor paint became

My Indigo Cream pattern is fabulous on scarves and other stuff too!

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Saturday, 13 February 2016

A Purple Rose for Artists

Here's a #purple #rose dedicated to all my fellow artists and designers suffering this #Stvalentinesday as they watch their designs go unsold and have to see badly designed sentimental kitsch of the worst sort on the market.

and if you don't like this and are still frantically looking for gifts if your beloved is willing to wait for stuff to be delivered next week may I suggest you pay a visit to my Red Bubble Store / gallery


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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Starry Night needs your help!

My #etsy listing for Starry Starry Night is about to expire and I don't know whether I should renew it or not. Its an pdf ebook with tips for how to make stars and black n white pages you can print out to color in and finished designs for inspiration.

Pay a visit and send some feedback please?

Saturday, 6 February 2016

St Valentines Day 2016

#stvalentinesday #valentine #saintvalentinesday2016  #sydney #design #gift #romance #loveisasimpleequation #julievaux

For Saint Valentine's Day or Any other Day on which you wish to express your love consider this #design by #julievaux available from

Red Bubble

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The Link I provided takes you to #stickers but you can get cards tote bags mugs tees and other gifts.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Playing with Roses and Filters in Inkscape

Playing with #roses and #filters in #inkscape

So I have Davys Ornaments as a font and Inkscape and its nearly StValentine's day and while I ended up posting three  other designs to My Red Bubble  here's a few Digital sketches of ideas I played with.

First I tried to get rose quartz and the peach color from Pantones 2016 colors onto a art noveau rose shape then I tried some texture filters

Okay melted rainbow and flex metal was just to see what would happen !

next I played with blends in gimp
but that will be the next post !

My final choice for Red bubble was this 

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