WEALTH & LUCK
WEALTH & LUCK
Wealth & Luck is one of a series of Japanese woodblock prints inspired by early 20th century export tiles found in many Chinese Peranakan homes in Singapore. Custom-made to the eclectic taste of the Straits Chinese, these tiles made by manufacturers in Japan. Local tile experts in Singapore tell me that artists were sent to Japan, where they were commissioned to draw images of fruit, flowers and animals considered auspicious in Chinese culture.
Peonies 牡丹 (mudan) are often used to symbolise richness, happiness and success. Loquat 枇杷 (pipa), the yellow grape-like fruit featured, is considered lucky or a sign of good fortune as the fruit ripens in early spring. With my personal connections to Singapore and Japan, I found it fascinating to learn of this some 100-year-old story of cross-cultural customisation and collaboration.
This print was created using the Japanese woodblock printing technique. After multiple wooden blocks were designed and carved, I used watercolour pigments, handmade brushes and a bamboo baren to print on specialist Japanese washi paper.
Artist Signed Handmade Print
Unframed: 21 x 29.7cm (8¼ x 11¾ inch)
This print is currently priced with framing, however unframed prints are also available.
Edition: 20 limited variable edition prints unframed
Medium: Japanese woodblock
Image size: 15 x 15cm
Paper size: 21w x 23 h cm
Paper: Torinoko washi paper
Series: Trade Tile
Handmade Originality: Each print is a handcrafted item and any slight difference between individual prints in an edition are normal. All prints are photographed under natural light or expertly scanned but may appear slightly different depending on your monitor or the lighting conditions in your home.