Japanese folklore and proverbs are a huge source of inspiration to me and this series of prints looks at an area of particular fascination. In Japanese folklore all things have a spirit (or a god residing within them), including such items as household tools and objects. In literature and illustrated books there are examples of yōkai (a supernatural monster or spirit/妖怪) which have been transformed from everyday items into mischievous characters once they reach 100 years of age. But in addition, an object that has been tossed aside or remained unused without the proper thanks can also become animated into taking revenge. This series of prints will highlight some of the characters you may find familiar in your own home, and might give you pause for thought.
The Life of Discarded Things
No.1 The Drippy Teapot
The spout of this teapot began to drip soon after it was purchased, making it impossible to pour a cup of tea without getting it all over the table. Fed up with the constant dribbles of water, rather than finding a new use for it, the owner put it into the back of the cupboard and forgot all about it. Resentful, the little ceramic teapot now leaves small puddles of water on surfaces in the home, and the owner is always wondering why her sleeves keep getting wet from the kitchen counter...
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