In memory of 15-year-old Jadin Bell, a gay teenager from Oregon who has been taken off life support after a suicide attempt. Thinking of you, darling, and of your family, and of the others we couldn’t help in time. I’m so sorry. (via The Advocate)
If you or someone you know needs help, please call The Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386, 24 hours a day. You are never alone.
Modern Wood Type
In a process moving from digital to manual, these beautiful woodblocks have been designed in Illustrator, laser cut and then printed by hand.
Produced by Nigel Bents, Paul Oakley and Jonny Holmes while at Chelsea College of Art & Design in London, the characters were based on a Bodoni poster typeface. The extreme stroke contrast has been used to house these playful decorative patterns.
The letters were cut from 3mm plywood then mounted on type-high blocks before letterpress printing at New North Press in Hoxton.
Even before inking, I love how the laser cutting has scorched a warm colour onto the wooden face of the letters.
- Dated: late Edo Period: 1603-1867
- Culture: Japanese
- Medium: steel, copper, ray skin, silk, wood.
- Measurements: blade length ~ 55cm; tang lenght ~ 12cm
This wakizashi has a koshi-zori blade. The Tang (part of the blase encased by the handle) measures 12 cm. The Koshirae (mounting) has two menuki (handle ornaments), a bird and a crescent, and two seppa (guard spacers) and a habaki (wedge shaped metal collar used to keep the sword from falling out of the saya and to support the fittings below) in copper.
The tsuba is also in copper and features vegetal decorations, while the Fuchi, Kashira and Habaki are also made of copper. The Kozuka (also in copper) is signed with a fishing scene. The Tzuka is covered in ray skin and silk rope. The sheath in brown wood with an enlarged tip, featuring a decoration of small black birds.
- Sidenote: The word “koshi” means “waist.” The deepest point of this type of ‘sori’ is nearer the munemachi (back blade notch). This type is also called Bizen-zori, since Bizen swords generally have koshi-zori. Tachi produced between the Heian and the mid-Kamakura periods are usually koshi-zori.
Source & Copyright: Caravana Collection | Book: “The Connoisseur’s Book of Japanese Swords” by By Kokan Nagayama
It has a bird on it!!
A freaking bird! :D
*loves on the sword*
Фотограф: Виталий Дорохов