Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Dojo Scroll

This scroll was made for a new dojo. It reads Seijoukan (Blue Castle Hall or training facility) It is completed in a Navy Silk cloth, with a light gold ichimonji featuring an ivy karakusa. The scroll also came with bamboo jikusaki, and was housed in a kiribako to go as the housing of this gift.

If you would like a commissioned piece, or have some artwork you would like mounted into a scroll, please contact sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com. You can also download my scroll design workbook at www.customjapanesecalligraphy.com 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Companionship of the Holy Ghost御霊を伴侶に

This calligraphy was written by my wife. As our world moves to more division and dissension, I felt this was a very appropriate piece of art to frame. One of the purposes of this mortal life that Heavenly Father gave to every one of his children, is the agency to choose. We are free to choose. What we decide in this life, shapes us every day. The entertainment we select, the food and drink we ingest, the people we associate with and their opinions and ideas, the clothing and adornment we select for our bodies, the work we engage in (or shirk) all affects us everyday. But just like our earthly parents, our Heavenly Father provides us with guidance to help us to make good choices. That guidance is through the Holy Ghost. But we must learn to recognize and allow the influence of this great power and gift to be a part of our life. These are some links to talks about how to recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost in our life.

Now let me explain how I framed this calligraphy piece. In Japanese arts there is system of classifying aspects of the art based on Formality ranking. This calligraphy was written in the Gyousho (行書)style, which is semi-formal. This particular scroll style, called Fukuro Hyougu (袋表具)is an informal mounting style. Although, most religious themed artworks would be framed in a more formal style, I felt simplicity in the mounting would provide a more accurate, symbolic depiction of how the Holy Ghost communicates with the children of Heavenly Father. In the piece you see 3 lines of Suji (筋). I used these three lines to represent each separate member of the Godhead. 

  1. The top in the Ten (天)or Heaven portion of the scroll is representative of our Heavenly Father. 
  2. The first Suji in the Chi(地)or Earth  portion of the scroll represents the Savior, Jesus Christ, who came to this Earth to minister, teach, and fulfill Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation for us all by fulfilling the Atonement becoming Resurrected. 
  3. The second Suji in the Chi(地)or Earth  portion of the scroll represents the Holy Ghost, as he is omnipresent on this Earth, providing the power of our Heavenly Father to be present with us always.  
The three lines of suji are straight and narrow. That is the path that leads us back to Heavenly Father.

If you look close, there is also a suji that surrounds the entire calligraphy piece. Another title given to the Holy Ghost is the Comforter. During these troubling times of dissent, rebellion, economic uncertainty, health crisis; Remember that the Holy Ghost will surround you with a comfort, and peaceful surety of a better future.

The color of the cloth was selected to represent the etheral nature of the Holy Ghost, meaning it does not have a body of flesh and bone. It was also chosen to represent dark glass....(but that I will leave to you to study and ponder on your own.

Looking at this writing by my wife everyday, reminds me to strive to be worthy to have the Companionship of the Holy Ghost everyday in my life.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Customer Love Health Prosperity Wealth Kakejiku

This scroll is for a customer in California. It is written in Gyousho style by Yoshimi Yamada Maples (Ryugyoku). I used a light green cloth with a brown Ichimonji based on the customers home decor. If you would like a custom scroll made, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com 

Friday, May 29, 2020

Finally the Fuutai

The last post was of this scroll in the Sandan Hyougu style.
This is the scroll with the Fuutai in the Yamato Hyougu style.

Which mounting format do you prefer? Explain why...

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Dragon Scroll in Sandan Hyougu

This scroll was done for an artist who lives on the East coast. I love the yellow of the Ginko leaves in this painting. When making each scroll, challenges arise. In this case, when the original Hada Urauchi (first layer of backing paper) was applied to the artwork, there was a large wrinkle. So I peeled it off and started anew. Also, there was some Uki (bubbling/floating) in the Ten/Chi cloth section that I had to fix. I hope he likes the color combination. This scroll is still not complete. I still need to do the fuutai, to make a Yamato Hyougu style scroll.

Just some thoughts on the design. I wanted to use golds that would complement and not compete with the warm colors of the yellow ginko leaves. I selected a gold cloth that has a very small detailed pattern, for the chuumawashi. In the photo it looks like it is almost solid gold, but it is not. For the ten and chi portion I wanted to use a lighter tan, almost cream color Shike style cloth, to help soften the strong golds in the Ichimonji and chuumawashi. Some people have complained that they do not know the perspective in size....so I took the picture below to give you a reference of the relative size of the scroll. It is completed with a machined, lacquered wood jikusaki, and the kodai san iro hanging string.

If you have any questions about kakejiku or wallscrolls, please contact to Jonathan Maples at sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Mokumegane Wallscroll or Kakejiku

This scroll has the phrase Mokumegane. The definition of this word was taken from Wikipedia. 
Mokume-gane (木目金, Mokumegane) is a Japanese metalworking procedure which produces a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns, as well as that laminate itself. Mokume gane translates closely to "wood grain metal" or "wood eye metal" and describes the way metal takes on the appearance of natural wood grain.[1] Mokume gane fuses several layers of differently coloured precious metals together to form a sandwich of alloys called a "billet." The billet is then manipulated in such a way that a pattern resembling wood grain emerges over its surface. Numerous ways of working the mokume gane create diverse pattens. Once the metal has been rolled into a sheet or bar, several techniques are used to produce a range of effects.[2]
Mokume-gane has been used to create many artistic objects. Though the technique was first developed for production of decorative sword fittings, the craft is today mostly used in the production of jewelry and hollowware.[3]
I will not go into the personal details of the customer's reason for wanting this phrase on a scroll, but light (sky) blue has always been one of my favorite colors.
The writing for this scroll was brushed by my wife Yoshimi "Ryugyoku" Yamada. 
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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Customer Orders Continued

I am still working on customer orders during the quarantine. Here is a beautiful dragon painting that was painted by an artist on the east coast area of the US. His work is so vibrant and detailed. I have also put a gold cloth and a very light cream color cloth on the drying board for this painting. I will continue working on this tomorrow and get it into stage 2a.

If you have any questions about scrollmaking or would like a scroll made, please contact to sales@customjapanesecalligraphy.com