Saturday, September 23, 2017

Custom Wall Scroll

 This custom dojo wallscroll is in the Maru Hyougu style. It reads 
心身鍛解放First two characters are shinmi which means mind and body.Third character is Kitaeru which is the verb to forge, train or disciplineLast two characters are Kaihou which means to emancipate or set free.
I also upgraded the jikusaki to a rosewood machined shape. I think it is fancy but not too fancy to overpower the simpler scroll design. It utilizes a bright gold Ichimonji to really make a smooth transition between the gray cloth and the artwork.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Lao Tze Quote in Scroll

This is a return customer. He wanted a phrase from "The Way" by Lao Tze, and wanted the entire chapter written, but this was too much for my wife. We chose a small snippet of one translation of the first line.

I created the scroll in the Sandan Hyougu style.

It has a pure silk Navy, with a gold on cream ichmonji and a gray ten/chi. The jikusaki were Machined Rosewood. I am still contemplating whether to put on Fuutai...

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