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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

座敷 「徳川」Japanese Room "Tokugawa"

A Japanese room in the style reminiscent of the Edo era. The Tokugawa or Edo period of Japan lasted two and a half centuries. It was a time of feudal transition, the samurai era, a period of isolation and cultural identity that lasted from 1603 to 1868 when Commodore Perry "pursuaded" Japan to open to trade.

I will post pictures as I proceed through this project. This approach works well on Facebook or Google +, but not so well in a blog because each new post rises you add to an existing post gets buried. The only alternative is to create a new post each time, but then you have X number of posts for a single project. What to do! (If you prefer to see the progress on Facebook, click here.


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Tokugawa is a Japanese piece representing a certgain time period, and intended as a display for hand made dolls. In this case, I am portraying not a whole structure, but just a room. The main area of the room will be an 8-mat room size, indicating the presence of adjoining rooms but featuring just this main room. The garden will be in the rear, and like any good Japanese room of this kind, it will draw the eye toward it.



Using a wood box, I laid down two coats of color and texture: something conservative to lay in the background and not distract, but to accent the contents within when the time comes. In this case, I used an undercoat of acryclic, and top coat of stain. The nice thing about doing this is that it allows you to rub some of the stain off, exposing the acrylic undercoat.Using a wood box, I laid down two coats of color and texture: something convservative to lay in the background and not distract, but to accent the contents within when the time comes. In this case, I used an undercoat of acryclic, and top coat of stain. The nice thing about doing this is that it allows you to rub some of the stain off, exposing the acrylic undercoat.








I sometimes use figures in my scenes that I design. They can add a certain humanity or illustrate movement within a scene--used sparingly.

However in this case, the figures are owned by the customer who commissioned this work. As a result, I'm going to design the room so it flows around the characters and highlights their features.

These beautiful dolls were made by the even more beautiful Maria Santos from Spain who I'm sure spent countless hours resarching the styles and details of the era.













The dress and styles of the period, for the class of royalty portrayed by these dolls, is highly refined. Like royals of any kind, the vast legions of samurai loyal to the Shogun carried with them their own staff, soldiers, and retainers.




Creating the fence in the back:




There are seven unique circuits for this piece. While wiring the controller...




I got a little distracted and found a cool pic .....



I've been away for a while it seems. But there are so many other places to be! In any case, here are some updates...

The interior coming together...

View of the garden

The workers scurrying to meet the deadline...