The sea is very close in Wajima.
Ever since I was a child, where I played, what I ate were with the sea
We brought up together
My passion to express the lives on the shore is immense
The shells of crabs are drawn using capillary effect.
I sprinkle the gold with my fingers where the urushi lacquer is thick
The lacquer will be sucked into the area where the gold is not evenly placed
This oozing of urushi lacquer creates a crab-like appearance
A special maki-e brush is used to draw whiskers of the shrimp
In addition, a very sticky urushi lacquer is used.
To draw lines with this sticky urushi lacquer is difficult even for skilled maki-e artists.
Not to mention, it is very difficult to draw a living line
When you see a school of gobies, pay attention to their eyes
The fish in front of them are wondering if the fish behind them are following
That’s how I feel when I draw their eyes
Squids and puffer fishes can be quite tricky if not deformed
However, I want to keep their features right
It’s all about the scenery I’ve seen
Crab hiding tight in a rocky crevice
A fish swimming in the sea as I look into it
Tiny shrimp in a tide pool
A bait being eaten by a blowfish when I did fishing
Iso-makie is my daily life here in Wajima, and the origin
It is my starting point
Instead of twisting my imagination, I draw what is most close to me
That is why I was able to create these motifs
It was when I was 30 years old, this Iso-Makie was created
I rarely make any changes
It is because that this work and composition is something that cannot exist if anything is added or subtracted