"...Trickster – a mythical figure who is found on the boundaries between worlds and concepts and is often implemented as the means of dialogue between them in storytelling. ‘Trickster is the embodiment of ambiguity and ambivalence, doubleness and duplicity, contradiction and paradox[…]Every group has its edge, its sense of in and out, and trickster is always there, at the gates of the city, at the gates of life, making sure there is commerce.’ Examples include Hermes as thief and messenger to the Gods in Greek Mythology, Eshu’s tricks in Yoruba lore, or indeed Coyote or Raven in Native American mythology."
"I design and make furniture and home-wares, as well as working on site as a carpenter and joiner. I work mainly in wood but occasionally in metal when a job requires it. Personally I like to think of what I make as being functional objects which make everyday life a little bit more enjoyable."
"The oldest piece of suminigashi in Japan is from 1118 AD at the end of the Heian period (794 - 1185) and is found on a piece of washi (Japanese paper) with calligraphy and suminigashi on one corner. It was originally also used as a kind of copy proof to write on because no two suminigashi can ever be the same. It’s thought to have originated earlier than 1118 however, with the process begin referred to in a text from the 9th century. It is definitely the oldest form of marbling. Turkish marbling doesn’t come in until around the 1400s and that’s using thickened water, onto which you drop the ink. With suminigashi, it’s just pure water and you touch the brush to it to the surface to make the discs of ink."
The element of wizardry, magic or disbelief is key in considering the work of an artificer. Comprehending the manual skill, care and mental labour involved in making an object of great beauty or complexity by hand can be a joy and a challenge.