I have a life-long interest in small boxes, puzzles and well-crafted handmade things. It took 8 months for me to birth this complex creation: everything is handcrafted. Inspired by Japanese cabinetry, Tansu, and its history, the structure has over 300 hardware pieces, handcrafted of paper. Included are two accordion books, one featuring drawings of Japanese cabinetry tools, the other details of Tansu structural elements. Hidden inside are hand bound books which tell the tragic story of the Meireki fire of 1657, using cut paper images to convey the tale. A unique 3-panel folding map of Edo (ancient Tokyo), a tiny abacus made of paper and glass beads, 3 pairs of peddler’s boxes with their bamboo carriers, intricate folding paper globes, myriad drawers, piano hinged doors, secret compartments accessible by removable spires and more. I made two miniature Tansu structures hidden inside one-another like puzzles, complete with functional drawers and doors.
|Place of Publication||Olympia, WA|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Accordion, long-stitch-over-tapes and stick binding|
|Medium/ Materials||Acrylic, ink, gesso, metal brads (over 800), bamboo, glass beads, wire, book cloth|
|Paper Stock||Mat board, hand-painted lightweight kraft paper|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||15 x 6 x 24 inches closed|
|Signed and Numbered?||Unsigned|