Peranakan Peony Series - Now Available

I've very happy to present my Peranakan Peony limited edition series of prints! These original hand-made Japanese Woodblock print are in a variable edition of 50 - each print has been hand-coloured and completely original. 

Inspired by Peranakan Chinese batik sarong patterns, these one-of-a-kind prints are a beautiful fusion of cultures! Peonies are often used in Peranakan culture as a symbol of longevity, loyalty, happiness and eternal beauty. 

Using 400-year old traditional methods, I took two days to carve this print. I cut and dampened each piece of Japanese washi paper ahead of time in order for moisture to penetrate the fibres. Each block was hand-coloured using water-based pigments and nori rice paste glue before being printed with a hand-held bamboo disk barren. The prints were then dried under weights for a day to ensure they are completely flat. 

All prints in this variable edition of 50 feature unique combinations of colour and gradation. As a hand-pulled print, each will have its own unique state and variations are part of its hand-crafted quality.

Peranakan Peony EV 1250

Image size: 9 x 14 cm (3.5 x 5.5 inch)
Paper size: 13 x 18 cm (5.1 x 7 inch)
Paper: Torinoko Washi paper 

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Japanese Woodblock printing is extremely tactile, technical and painstaking medium - and it's been my favourite since l learnt it as a university student in Kyoto from Akira Kurosaki. It originates from China with Japanese artists refining the technique in the form of 'ukiyoe' prints in the late 17th century famous for intricate detail, vivid colours and delicate painterly effects. Japanese woodblock relies on the magic created between washi paper, wood grain and watercolour pigments!

Peranakan, a term meaning ‘locally born’ in Malay, has come to refer to the descendants of traders who intermarried with local women in Southeast Asia as early as the 14th century. A distinctive culture incorporating Chinese, Malay, Indian and European influences has resulted in vibrant and hybrid style of cooking, clothing and architecture.

Indian, Batik & Peranakan Textiles

I was lucky enough to recently see some of the wonderful collection of antique Indian and Peranakan textiles owned by Singapore Mr Peter Lee, an art historian, writer and committee member of the Peranakan Association, and honorary curator for Baba House.  Mr. Lee helped curate the fantastic Sarong Kebaya exhibition at the Peranakan Museum a few years ago.

Fellow members from the Friends of the Museum‘s textile sub-group were awed by the magnificent array of furniture in Peter’s house, and were even allowed to touch Indian textiles going back to the 13th century. We also saw Batik made by Indo-Chinese workshop of Oey Soe Tjoen and Indian textiles exported to Japan. The lovely spread of kueh-kueh (traditional sweets) was also most appreciated – thank you very much for your hospitality, Mr. Lee and Madam Lee!