Dani International Corp. has published a guidebook for Maki-e lovers and collectors, with images of over 100 Maki-e Fountain Pens designed by eighteen Maki-e artists in the past fifteen years (As of the release of the book). The author discusses Maki-e techniques in great detail so that readers can increase their knowledge of the art.
The wonderful world of Danitrio Maki-e comes to life in this retrospective by Bernard Lyn. The art of Maki-e is a mystery in itself and dates back 1400 years. Bernard has a dream that his Maki-e writing instruments and other creations will snow the incredible workmanship of the few living Maki-e artists using all of the legendary Maki-e techniques.
It's hard to believe that all of these techniques begin with the sap of the Urushi tree and date back centuries. This rare art has only survived because of the reverence passage from generation to generation. Inside these pages, Bernard unveils the various forms and techniques of Maki-e in great detail and with clear illustrations.
You'll also read artists' profiles, learn about the pens they've created, and be taken step-by-steo through the various Maki-e techniques used to create these exquisite masterpieces. As you read through this book I hope you will realize that the Maki-e pens of Danitrio are created from the love of an age-old tradition.
When you reach the end of "Maki-e, and art for the soul" you may find yourself thinking if I were an artist....I wonder where I could get some Urushi sap.... and that's the inspiration that keeps this art form alive.
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