Persimmon Mushikui Spool Book 2019
Persimmon Mushikui Spool Book 2019

Persimmon juice, etching and monotype on old book pages from Japan, collage, old wooden spool 55" x 3.5" Private Collection Photo by Will Slabaugh

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Persimmon Mushikui Spool Book (detail) 2019
Persimmon Mushikui Spool Book (detail) 2019

Persimmon juice, etching and monotype on old book pages from Japan, collage, old wooden spool 55" x 3.5" Private Collection Photo by Will Slabaugh

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Book of Journey Through Mushikui
Book of Journey Through Mushikui

etching, aquatint on old bookpages from Japan, thread, old wooden spool 1" x 1" x 1.2" Southern Graphics Council Archives

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Persimmon Mushikui Spool Book 2019
Persimmon Mushikui Spool Book 2019

Persimmon juice, etching and monotype on old book pages from Japan, collage, old wooden spool 55" x 3.5" Private Collection Photo by Will Slabaugh

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Spool Book

I incorporate old wooden spools that were once utilized in the Cleveland textile industry.  These are used to hang my Journey through Mushikui pieces in a scroll style.  Hanging with spools allows the long narrow paperwork to float in the air, casting shadows of the wormholes.  These miniature spool books also function as a portable work like a traditional scroll.  By rolling or unrolling the scroll the viewer can see the front and back of the piece.  In ancient times in Japan fermented persimmon juice kakishibu was used to make stencils, washi paper and fabric materials more durable and waterproof.  The persimmon dye was used for paper umbrellas, rain jackets and katazome stencils for kimono dyeing.