japonisme

18 March 2013


For when resources just MUST be shared:

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several times a year I come across your site when searching for 'japonisme' or 'secessionist' and I end up drawn into your fascinations, a deeper version of my own. I gather stuff (mostly British) from the turn of the last century: children's books for the pictorial covers (eg Jessie M King), Mintons' Secessionist pottery (perhaps the most unEnglish take on continental ideas) and prints that seem loosely japonaise (eg William Nicholson).
I am tempted to post some of my own images but don't know where to start. Have you just stopped doing this blog and changed to Facebook?

16 August, 2013 03:23  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

Hi -- thanks for your note. I love your taste in gatherings and insist that Nicholson is definately strongly influenced by the japanese & therefore absolutely belongs in this category!

I felt that 6 years was long enough here, and though I do keep a room open on facebook I don't really get in there all that often.

There're no rules, and things have changed so much in the now nearly 7 years, with tumblr and instagram and beyond -- I just really haven't even tried keeping up.

There was an article in the New Yorker about writer's block. "You could be Joel, even if your name is Jenny. Or Julie, Jillian, Jim, Jane, Joe. You are working on a first draft and small wonder you're unhappy. If you lack confidence in setting one word after another and sense that you are stuck in a place from which you will never be set free, if you feel sure that you will never make it and were not cut out to do this, if your prose seems stillborn and you completely lack confidence, you must be a writer. If you say you see things differently and describe your efforts positively, if you tell people that you "just love to write," you may be delusional. How could anyone ever know that something is good before it exists? And unless you can identify what is not succeeding--unless you can see those dark clunky spots that are giving you such a low opinion of your prose as it develops--how are you going to be able to tone it up and make it work?" was a quote from it.

Same's true as an answer to your questioning where to start. Just start. If it's not right, you'll fiddle with it. etc. You haven't the option to scrap everything and start over until you've started.

16 August, 2013 15:09  

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