Nature has always provided us with some spectacular images and colors and the changing hues and shades especially at sunset and sunrise (dawn) have always inspired artistic impression.
Urushi Maki-e Artist – Wataru Kurotobi has again taken unusually abstract views of both these events and has drawn inspiration from his study of the forests and the ocean surf at sunset and at dawn. In particular, the variation of colour, light and shade over time has been captured by his artwork for this special Limited edition series prepared by Sailor.
The artist has used the traditional Urushi decoration technique known as Saya-Nuri or Kawari–Nuri. This technique is said to have its origins back in the fief system of the Edo period 1615-1868 when local craftsmen used a range of techniques to decorate the sword scabbards and make them noticeably different. With the abolition of the wearing of swords in public in 1876 this Urushi technique was applied to other small items.
The Asa-Tsuyu Pen
The third in the series of unique designs is the ‘Asa –Tsuyu’ (morning dew). Dawn has arrived and the first glimmers of sun light stir the pastures in the forest. The shades of Green and the glistening dew drops are shown in the daylight. The artist has perfectly captured and recreated the colours of the scenery at the onset of daybreak.
Firstly several base coats of black Urushi lacquer are applied and pieces of rounded abalone shell are embedded. Blue Urushi followed by green and finally white add the color gradations to the ‘Hakeme Nuri’ process. The whole design is then ground (abraded) and finally polished. The silver dew beads are finally added to complete the design.
A special 33 piece Limited Edition maki-e Fountain Pen, King of Pens size, in Ebonite with gold accents and a solid 21K gold nib has been specially chosen for this artistic masterpiece.Call/Email for price