Golden Deer

Deers w Frame-500

Title: Golden Deer
The Design: The 17th Century Japanese Deer Scroll by artist Sotatsu and calligrapher Koetsu is among the most treasured works of the period. Measuring nearly 70 feet, it has been described as a symphony of 3 Japanese arts: poetry, painting and calligraphy. The scroll illustrates, in sequence, 28 poems from the Autumn section of the Shin Kokin Waka Shu, anthology compiled in 1205. Extraordinary gold and silver ink brush work depicting deer singly, in couples or in large groups forms the background for the poems rendered in flowing black calligraphy. Deer symbolize autumn in Japanese culture, and the forlorn call of the lonely buck has become associated with lust and yearning. Contemporary lace artist Laura Friesel has interpreted one scene from the Deer Scroll in her unique fashion: fine gold metallic thread is woven into a lace tape and finished with a rolled silk edge to capture the demanding and beautiful gold and silver painting technique of the original scroll. 
The Poem:  Still with antlers, still
with love, the male deer —-
___ dashes!
                              -Kaneko Mukanshi
(Although not from the original, this poem captures the spirit of the encounter between the doe and the buck from The Deer Scroll.) 
The Materials:  Brildor metallic thread
Gutermann silk 100/3
Piper’s silk floss
 The Dimensions: Image size 23” x 16 ½ “ (42 cm x 58.5 cm)
Framed size 31 ¼ “ x 24 ½ “ (79.4cm x 62.3 cm)
 The Technique: Bobbin Lace dates from the 15th century and employs threads wrapped
around separate bobbins. Using traditional weaving techniques, the lace
maker manipulates each individual thread providing unlimited creative
opportunities in design. Pins support the threads as they are woven together
to create the pattern.