I’ve always enjoyed Japanese woodcuts & been interested in their influence on later artists. I was already familiar with this dramatic Hukusai print of Mt. Fuji in the collection. Both the Hokusai & the Hiroshigi’s ‘View of Miho Bay’ woodcut, especially resonated with me, providing both inspiration for colour & the landscape element with boats. I saw an opportunity to use both etching & enamel in the piece. The possibility of expressing an image of Mount Fuji in enamels had been in my mind for some time & I knew that, at some point, I would want translate it into a piece of jewellery – enamelled, with the lovely mix of colour found in these woodcuts.
Coincidentally, a 90 year old Japanese friend & fellow jeweller presented me with a selection of braids she had woven with Japanese silk. Made in the traditional way, they would have been originally worn as a belt around the obi. As a tribute to her I have named it Homage to Hiro.
The Pine Grove at Miho in Suruga Province and the Kiyomigaseki Barrier Station
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