Posted on August 08, 2017.
This piece was created in collaboration between myself and a dear friend who is a talented painter Lee Chantelle Sarver. I have been mesmerized with the ancient Japanese marbling technique, sumanigashi, for years and was inspired to bring this influence into my furniture some how. Sumanigashi which literally translates to “ink-floating” is the use of ink, water, and a small brush to create marbled images. This technique works with the very nature of water and requires fluidity as the facilitator dropping the ink in the water and allowing it to become what it will. This is a powerful exercise for a craftsman of hard materials both metal and wood and invokes a softer side of me as the ink and water mesmerizingly take shape to create the marbling and as a result inspires me to see things differently every time. I wanted to share this love of sumanigashi through my furniture. I did all of the prep work for the dresser and Lee slowly and intricately painted the sumanigashi inspired design. We chose the black on black scheme for a mesmerizing visual as you walk near and around the piece the the sumanigashi is not immediately obvious but as the light catches the design it becomes a conversation piece. This piece embodies more than just design, it is the art of process.
Painted with high quality paint and five protective top coats for long lasting finish.
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