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Encounters with Brushes: Part I

By Rona Conti / 09/07/2012 / 9 Comments

My encounters with brushes continued through college. When I landed in Boston I set up a painting studio, but a place to do ceramics was more challenging.

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Symphony of Ink, Part II

By Ponte Ryūrui / 25/06/2012 / 0 Comments

The work itself is mesmerizing, a brilliant ink application. The dry strokes, so called “kasure” (掠れ, かすれ) in Japanese, ought to add dynamism yet sometimes

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Climbing the Moon Tree, Part 2.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/06/2012 / 1 Comment

Continuing the story of the Hankeido (桂堂攀, はんけいどう, Hankeidō) workshop, the construction of maki fude (巻筆, まきふで) is most unusual. The first 3rd of the root of the tuft is wrapped and strengthened with a hand-made Japanese hemp paper, also known as washi (和紙, わし). Thus, the name maki (to wrap) fude (brush). Because of…

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The Dying Trade of Yamato

By Ponte Ryūrui / 21/05/2012 / 3 Comments

It is my great hope that the trade of brush making will continue and thrive, and that this old and nearly forgotten tradition will find its followers in the future.

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A Global Nomad Inspired By Asian Cultures: Part II

By Antje Goldflam / 15/05/2012 / 0 Comments

my nomadic life with all its interruptions and excitements of being part of so many new cultures and arts balanced out my own pursuit of painting. Timing is everything

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A Global Nomad Inspired By Asian Cultures: Part I

By Antje Goldflam / 08/05/2012 / 5 Comments

All this culminated with a Chinese Lion Dance – my first contact with what later turned into a passion for all things Asian.

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Phantom of the Nine Dragons’ Master

By Mariusz Schmerdt / 02/05/2012 / 14 Comments

A Western dragon was often associated with evil and ferocity, whereas an Asian dragon was characterized as wise and benevolent.,some features and attributed

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Symphony of Ink, Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 23/04/2012 / 4 Comments

Calligraphy, like music is based upon harmony. It takes a Master Calligrapher to compose a symphony of ink, a masterpiece as brilliant as nature itself, one

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Nine Sons of The Dragon King

By Ponte Ryūrui / 06/03/2012 / 3 Comments

the most renowned Asian dragon ink painting – The Nine Dragons Scroll (九龍圖卷, pinyin: Jiǔ long tú juǎn). Chen Rong was a scholar and also a low level official

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Magnificent Ink Giants

By Ponte Ryūrui / 21/02/2012 / 2 Comments

To give you some comparisons, it takes me approximately 12-15 hours to prepare 0.5 litres of ink, and I use an ink grinding machine that is capable of

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