Momotaro (exploring play in design)

Research into play in design led me to deciding the materials, joins & colour for these necklaces using a dice game. Individual pieces with common roots, I exhibit them with a mural from the Japanese folk story Momotaro, giving them context, displaying them as carnival & costume.

1900 bamboo chopsticks, hand dyed, drilled & threaded in a traditional net formation. The body of it is threaded onto a hand-braided cord of cotton remnants bound with silk.

Peach halves lathed from a broken table into small bowls, hand dyed & printed, cup handmade beech beads. The necklace is fringed with 2d representations of the same charactors, plaited into the bespoke silk cord showing the journey downriver.

Sliced legs of a broken chair form the body of this necklace, sanded, drilled & painted, spaced with cloudy discs hand punched from plastic milk bottles. Bespoke silk tassels complete this tribal depiction of modern trash.
2013

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