I’ve explored the wave shape, and water in general, a few times through my tsumami zaiku work, but this time I decided to explore summery motifs in a slightly different way. This piece features iridescent pampas grass, a large white Queen of the Night flower – which only blooms at night – and a hotaru, or firefly. All summer time motifs, but not tied directly to water.
I wanted the piece to have the feel of a sunset – the pink and purple hues that bloom across the clouds as the sun sinks into the horizon line. I’m not entirely convinced I landed that feeling, as it gives me more of a tropical feel, but I still think the piece turned out rather well.
Another thing I’m really happy about with this piece is that I also gave the back side some attention (pictured above). A lot of hanagushi have plain back sides, because you’re not really going to see it when worn – or even when displayed. But, I wanted to make sure that the piece was interesting to look at from both sides, so I made sure to add some flowers, buds and leaves to the back as well.
Eventually, I’d really like to make a firefly piece in which the firefly lights up. I have some tiny little lights for this project, but I’m still debating the design.
Anyhoo, that’s all I’ve got for today folks. Check back again soon for more tsumami zaiku goodness!