Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Jomon Pottery - Japanese Pottery Exhibition British Museum London

Jomon Pottery - Japanese Pottery Exhibition British Museum London 

 

Maya and I enjoyed our trip to the British Museum in London and stumbled upon a Japanese Pottery Exhibition held about a particular type called Jomon Pottery. 

 

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Fascinated with the process plaques …each demonstrating how the patterning on the clay post would have been achieved… using different types of twisted rope and different ways of stringing it together a variety of clay impressions could be achieved … so simple yet so effective . Each japanese family in this region would have made their own ceramics developing family patterns 

 

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acc to the British Museum website .

 

" … Japan: Jōmon period (about 10,000 BC - 300 BC)

Jōmon means 'cord pattern'. The Jōmon period was named after the characteristic surface patterns made with twisted cords on the pottery of the period. The development of production techniques and decoration of this low-fired, unglazed pottery over this long period suggests that the country was stable and enjoyed a continuity of social organization. The people lived by hunting, fishing and gathering with possibly some crop cultivation. Stone arrowheads and other tools for preparing food also showed increasing skill. .. " 

with thanks to the British Museum London 

 

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examples of the different cord styles that were used to decorate the clay vessels  

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 clay cord vessels - slab reconstructions of what they might have looked like in the hands of the Jomon Potters

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Japanes Pottery, British Museym London, Exhibition, Milliande Art Travel , milliande.com

 

 

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Japanes Pottery, British Museym London, Exhibition, Milliande Art Travel , milliande.com, Jomon Potters

 

Japanes Pottery, British Museym London, Exhibition, Milliande Art Travel , milliande.com, Jomon Potters

 

Japanes Pottery, British Museym London, Exhibition, Milliande Art Travel , milliande.com, Jomon Potters

 

Japanes Pottery, British Museym London, Exhibition, Milliande Art Travel , milliande.com, Jomon Potters

 

 

Japanes Pottery, British Museym London, Exhibition, Milliande Art Travel , milliande.com, Jomon Potters

 

 

 

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This is one of the final pots made with the techniques described above. These are called " Flame Pots" presumably a reference to the flame like extrusions on the top of the jomon pot. It is thought that these kinds of pots held special importance in a family and often were a focal point in their household environment

 

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What is unique about these jomon pots is that they were made by a hunter/gatherer culture were as before the making of clay post was usually associated with those cultures that had transitioned to a farming culture. Bearing in mind that most hunter gatherer cultures were nomadic and would have needed to carry these big jomon clay pottery vessels on their journeys with them . Evidence suggests that the Jomon were unique in that they hunted and gathered , fished and foraged in a very rich food supply area and had some temporary settlements according the the seasons . 

 

an interesting exhibitions , small but fascinating 

 

…milliande 

Typewriter Spills Poetic Glimpses - TSPG March 2013

Typewriter Spills Poetic Glimpses - TSPG March 2013

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#typewriterspillspoeticglimpses


… milline 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Typewriter Spills Poetic Glimpses - TSPG

Typewriter Spills Poetic Glimpses - TSPG

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There is something about the art of " Spilling" … releasing that which is ready onto the page , the typewriter makes me slow down enough to capture an essence but is also unforgiving enough to not let me fiddle or interrupt what wants to be said on the page … so #typewriterspillspoeticglimpses is born … 

 

 

…milliande 

Typewriter Spills Poetic Glimpses - and meets Rumi


Typewriter Spills Poetic Glimpses TSPG- and meets Rumi 





ODE 314:

those who don't feel this love
pulling them like a river, 
those who don't drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper
those who don't want to change

let them sleep

~

this love is beyond the study of theology, 
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
if you want to improve your mind that way 

sleep on.


i've given up on my brain.
i've torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.
if you are not completely naked, 
wrap your beautiful robe of words 
around you 

and sleep.



~ Rumi ~






...milliande

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Monoprinting with Rust - Rust Prints on Paper

Monoprinting with Rust - Rust Prints on Paper 

 

The sun was out again today and Maya and I walked our stretch of beach …and rusty treasures washed up again … 

 

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I like the way this metal rusty hinge is bend and quite thin … washed away by the salty elements I wonder how this will print

 

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And I could not resist taking this rusty pole home, even though it does not have particularly flat edges and might be more suitable to eco printing on fabric where I can pre soak the fabric into dye and wrap it around the metal pole , but I thought I give it a go with paper and black stewed tea to se what happens … its playtime after all :-) 

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So after an hour of pre-soaking hot-pressed water-colour paper in vinegar and arranging my metal pieces on top this is how the space in front of my fireplace looks right now … no room for any visitors ..giggle 

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Some of the metal pieces are quite bent and adding some heavy beach stones for weight ensure that they have contact with the paper underneath .. I scratched some shapes into the paper first with the metal edges to see how that will take 

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I also added some rusty old tins which had my little herbs growing in from last year to see what kind of texture prints could be had from the ring rim

 

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SO here today's 2 finds , the metal pole and the rusty hinge soaked in a puddle of black tea

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and another go with the big circular shapes and some rusty nail which I scratched over the paper to get some pigment removed 

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My first go at getting a rust print of this curved metal shape, again not a lot of it touches the paper so might be better from wrapping fabric around but lets wait and see … 

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This was a nice flat shape that produced a large area last time, however this time I did not add any salt to see the difference in print 

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snuggled up in front of the fireplace…a cosy rusting fest indeed :-) 

 

night night

…milliande

Monday, March 04, 2013

Ecoprinting with Rust - some early Results

Ecoprinting with Rust - some early Results

 

So here finally some photos, these eco printing images are from an overnight run of adding rusted objects found whilst beach combing but the sea 

Added some water-colour paper, a little vinegar and some sprinkles of salt for texture and to release the rust of the metal .. Some of the rusted pieces were quite wobbly so had to be secured to stand up with some beach pebbles..

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Here the array of rusted metal huddling up together on a sheet of paper. I did not add anything or wrap anything other than vinegar and salt to see whether the rust would just yield a simple print 

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This piece of driftwood had an old rusty nail stuck into it … it did not give much of an area to print but it was too deep in for me to remove so I added it like this leaning against the strange round cylinder .. walking on the beach today I saw another one of these rusted things ..

now I am wondering just what it is and where it came from for there to be 2 identical ones but on opposite sites of the beach , hmm

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Just overnight and the object is slowly releasing its rust into the water-colour paper , it was still quite wet with seawater inside the little grooves, so the salt content must have helped but also gave a sort of water-colour effect to the rusted liquid

 

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After it had fired you can see the imprints the 2 rusted nails from the wood gave by the tiny circles underneath the big one 

because the big shape is slightly concave the round shapes in the centre only left a fait imprint , I think if I wrap a piece of fabric tightly over this and add some white it might yield a better imprint , although I quite like the faintness of it 

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the flat holly rusted piece of metal I simply layer with the straightest side onto the paper and put a heavy weight on it to give good contact with the paper underneath … all these were imprinted on the same piece of water-colour paper as I don't have much room here in Wales to leave anything to try in my teeny tiny cottage :-) 

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this is the imprint from the flat piece of rusted metal after it dried … interesting textures and patterns to play with 

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now the eco prints go off to rest for a couple of days underneath some heavy books to straighten them out 

 

Fun .. can't wait to play some more with rust prints

 

…milliande

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