Thursday, 10 April 2014

Brocade Waka Two

Suguwara  no Michizane wrote

Kono tabi

Nusa mo toriaezu


Momiji no nishiki

Kami no mani mani

This poem can be found in the Hyakuninisshu

This person on this journey or at this time tabi has a double meaning
offerings for the moment hopefully sufficient implied
nusa is a staff with strips of paper or silk attached  but can also mean strips of silk or coins
Tamukeyama is a temple at Nara and the name tamuke means (hall of ) offering

maple branch probably of brocade

gods (i am ) at mercy of or the gods may take consequent action or not

this may be indirect criticism of his treatment by the Imperial Court
implying all  he could afford is a maple branch and his fate and career needed the mercy of the gods?

I wish I could be typing Nara as a location tag. Right about now one of those really expensive ryokan with a hot bath would be good for my right arm which is broken.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Broken Brocade and Arm!

People the promised Brocade sequence has been broken by arm! I have a neck fracture of the radius of my right arm and apart from having to type with one hand my right arm is distracting painfully so the nety installation of the Brocade Sequence will not appear until later this week. Sorry!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Brocade Waka One

#fujiwara no nakahira GSS 8:458

Hito sumazu
aretaru yado (w)o
kite mireba
ima zo ko no ha(ha)
nis(h)iki (w)orikeri

Where this person once lived is overgrown and ruined.
I am coming to see if now the leaves of the trees are weaving brocade.

Friday, 21 March 2014


BROCADE is the theme for  my next sequence of  Technozi posts.

Starting with this card and then some Japanese Heian waka using the word.

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014 

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Green Mosaic NU

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014

Another #Inkscape  #kanji experiment. The Hanzi Kanji for woman - nu 3 and then a color edit and one other change in Inkscape then an upload to #gimp and the mosaic filter applied.  I'll have to try this again perhaps with a slightly different gradient. I want to suggest the strength and beauty of green jade in a feminine way and this is almost right but ... not quite there?

Friday, 7 March 2014


What other theme could I post on International Womans Day !


The font for this character was Kai Ti 

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Lakshmi to Kichijoten

This week the Goddess of Fortune!

#Lakshmi partner of vishnu also known as Lakkhi Shri Sri mahadevi Gilsang Cheon inKorea, Thirumagal, and Chinese Ji Xiang Tian

One text claims Tibetan depictions of Red Tara and Kurukula are Lakshmi.

In Japan she is known as Kichijooten Kisshooten and Kudokuten

Hindu or Buddhism the iconography of this deity shows a princess or queen usually wearing red often holding up a cintamani a wish granting jewel or a conch shell.

Standing or sitting on a lotus she often has one or two elephants at her side.

More images later this week!