Cool summer under the oaks
The artwork - Bokuyū, a game (“playing with ink”) on a cool summer evening under a live oak on our back deck. Michael Hofmann folded a piece of paper into four horizontal sections. Each person was in charge of drawing a part of a figure (without seeing what the others drew.) (The idea is similar to the literary game “Exquisite Corpse.”)
The head was done by Liza, the torso by Chloe, the legs by Michael Hofmann, and the feet by Michael Dalby. The calligraphy is by Yoko Nishina.
chūberi - The interior patterned frame is vintage meisen kimono fabric.
ichimonji - The gold edges at top and bottom of the artwork are from a recycled damaged old scroll.
fūtai - the wind strips, in classic style, are of the same fabric as the ichimonji.
ten and chi - The outer top and bottom frames are dark green silk shantung.
finials - The decorative finials at either end of the bottom roller are gold lacquered wood.
(shown with “wind weights” made from African clay beads.)