Shiro Oni Residency Drawings and Rock Rubbings


During one month at Shiro Oni Residency in Onishi, Gunma prefecture in Japan, I have been working on exploring traditional Shodo techniques and experimenting with the the materials, tools and the vision of the contemporary developments of Shodo. 

‘Line is just a line’ project was created during one month at the Shiro Oni Studio, inspired by natural surroundings, ‘Sanbaseki’ rocks, cultural heritage of Onishi town. The installation is a site specific work, which brings together various techniques around traditional and experimental calligraphy and shodo, as using ‘fude’ in drawing created from local grass and rice straw, ‘Takuhon’ method of rock rubbing, created on ‘sarashi’ fabric.

Below are photographs of my studio practice with Nature's brushes and rock rubbings.



Installation 'Nature for Shodo', experimentation with natural brushes, Shiro Oni Studio, 2017



'Line is just a line', sketches, Shiro Oni Studio, 2017




Installation 'Nature for Shodo', experimentation with natural brushes, Shiro Oni Studio, 2017



Installation 'Nature for Shodo', experimentation with natural brushes, Shiro Oni Studio, 2017



Large scale piece, Line is just a line, Shiro Oni Studio, 2017



Traditional Sarashi fabric, Shiro Oni Studio, 2017



Sketch rock rubbings, Shiro Oni Studio, 2017




Sanbaseki rocks in the valley of Onishi, Shiro Oni Studio, 2017



Rock rubbing, Shiro Oni Studio, 2017


















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