Symbols of the natural world – clouds, rivers, the sea, mountains – are often depicted in Japanese art. Ukiyo-e is a style of woodblock printing and painting that flourished in Japan from the 17th through to the 19th centuries. The term Ukiyo-e translates as “pictures of the floating world”.
SUKETCHI is a collection of five different fabric and wallpaper patterns. Each design is an expressive reaction to our shifting socio-political world as reflected by the natural environment.
Painted with ink but in the manner of woodblock, the white design is left ‘cut’ from the wash of color.
WINDSWEPT is the rush of wind clearing the air and sweeping through the glade. Windswept is an over-scale pattern of freshness and energy. A pattern depicting ebb and flow is a Japanese symbol for tactical strength and ability.
TEMPEST is a commotion, a tumult, a storm at sea. Inspired by the iconic woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige, Tempest is a swaggering dynamic pattern that embraces the rush of letting go, giving in to the storm.
CLOUDBURST – a sudden and heavy rainfall. There are times when a drenching feels immediately satisfying. Cloudburst is a simple, textural layered wash of colour.
HALCYON is the calmness and quiet of a light sunny day. The clear sky following a storm. Clouds are a symbol of elegance in Japanese culture and often depicted with beautiful swirly curls.
STARLIT draws our gaze away from the difficulties of life to the greater world around us. The crane is a potent symbol of happiness, good fortune and healing in Asia and particularly in Japan.
“If you see a crane flying, it may be drawing your eyes to the heavens, lifting your spirits, and inspiring you to trust in the universe”.