Well, as I am putting things away in the new studio, its clear I will need to cull a bit over the next couple months. One thing I found is that I have saved way too many versions of my calligraphy scrolls. I studied Japanese calligraphy (shodo) for ten years very seriously. More on that at another time. I’ll tell you all about my Sensei’s and the organizations I studied with and what it was like. But today, I need to lighten my load of stored scrolls.
These long ones take about an hour each to do just the calligraphy, not including the prep time preparing the ink by rubbing the sumi stick on the stone with water. I often did up to 20 versions of each. It is so hard to get one perfect and its mesmerizing. The best versions were chosen by my Sensei and submitted to the guild, never to be seen by me again. The next best version I would have backed via wet-mounting with rice or wheat glue and made into a scroll for posterity. Sometimes I would back a few extra into scrolls to sell or give away as gifts.
So I decided since I have all the finished scrolls still, I should recycle all these extra versions, which are probably the 4th, 5th, 6th best of each–I already threw out all the others past that! Pang of attachment. Ok, I will play with them a bit, take a look at them, touch them one more time, and take some photographs. THEN I will put them into the recycling. OK, well, maybe I’ll just organize them by style and take a photo of that. OK, now let’s choose the best one in each pile. OK, Maybe I’ll just keep one of each. All right, OK, at least I let go of most of them. It was nice to dance with them again.
Thanks for sharing this moment with me…..