Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs ()Traditional Japanese art may please so many of us, even those of us with little interest in Japan itself, because of the way it inhabits the realm between representation and abstraction. But then, it doesn't just inhabit that realm: it has settled those borderlands, made them its own, for much longer than most cultures have been doing anything at all. Those ancient rope-on-clay markings can easily look like predecessors of the "wave patterns" still seen in Japanese art and design today. Since time almost immemorial they have appeared on "swords both blades and handles and associated paraphernalia known as 'sword furniture' , as well as lacquerware, Netsuke , religious objects, and a host of other items. He "died in
Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs (1903)
I have been making this simple wave mosaic for my rosettes for some years now. I occasionally contemplate changing it to something more elaborate or making copies of historical rosettes but I find myself coming back to it enthused. I think the reason I keep it is all the myriad of things I think about when I think about waves. I personally think about going to the ocean and staring at the Pacific and being enamored and frightened all at once at the magnitude of the power in front of me. Living in western Oregon, I often drive to the coast where I commonly stop at these vistas many hundreds of feet above the water with a panoramic view of the Pacific where all you see are sets of waves going out to the infinity of the horizon.