Feel the wind

 (2017)Fuku Ikeda, mineral pigment, ink, paper, paper board, hair pin, book size: L16xW22.5xH4cm
(2017)Fuku Ikeda, mineral pigment, ink, paper, paper board, hair pin, book size: L16xW22.5xH4cm

Sky Seeds

Sky Seeds make 5 colors of the sky.

 

 

 

This book has 5 packets of sky seeds. You can plant these seeds and grow the 5 colors of the sky.

Book size:16x22.5cm 

 

Last year's art festival ’HANARART’

Structure of Light (2016) Fuku Ikeda, Paper, L218xW308xH182cm, photo:Hasegawa Tomoya ©奈良・町家の芸術祭 はならぁと 2016  
Structure of Light (2016) Fuku Ikeda, Paper, L218xW308xH182cm, photo:Hasegawa Tomoya ©奈良・町家の芸術祭 はならぁと 2016  

 

Today I received the photo of my work in last year's art festival 'HANARART' held in Nara from the organization. It brings back a lot of memories. I played improvised music on the djembe at that place then. In this kind of improvisation, I've always wanted to transform the shape of the object or the atmosphere of the place into sounds of instruments, not provide music for the object or the place as BGM. I recommend you closing your eyes when you listen to improvised music, if you are interested in feeling how the rhythm and sounds work in the player. I think it's the best way to share things inside the player's brain and how comfortable he or she is as improvising. Try putting aside things you see with your eyes and concentrate on the sounds or the present moment. 

 

Patterns

Song for the Wall (2017) Fuku Ikeda, mineral pigment, 52x37cm
Song for the Wall (2017) Fuku Ikeda, mineral pigment, 52x37cm

As playing the percussions like a djembe in an improvisation, there's an infinity of rhythm patterns. If I showed a 2-dimensional image of those rhythms, it would be like this. I love drumming something with my hands. I think pianos are also a kind of percussion which has 88 notes made by music wires. I'm crazy about drawing patterns in the way of not only music but also art.

Song for the Wall in the basement

上段左から白い螺旋 (2017) Waxed paper/ 静まる (2017)Japanese paper, Japanese paper/ リズムがはねる(2017)Japanese paper/ 下段左から リズムの湧きだすところ(2017) Japanese paper/ Untitled (2017)Japanese paper
上段左から白い螺旋 (2017) Waxed paper/ 静まる (2017)Japanese paper, Japanese paper/ リズムがはねる(2017)Japanese paper/ 下段左から リズムの湧きだすところ(2017) Japanese paper/ Untitled (2017)Japanese paper

The Tunnel

Graphic artwork by Fuku Ikeda
Graphic artwork by Fuku Ikeda

Thanksgiving: This year's rice completed

Our rice has been given a superior ranking. Our customers and wholesalers purchased it as usual. I'm so grateful to everyone. The rice dryer worked well and I'm so relieved. Now we are given our daily rice for another year. I thank the deities for guarding our rice for a long time.

Remember our rice brand, Hinohikari that means sunlight and savor the rich flavour and excellent texture of our new rice!

 

BEAT IN GLASS

BEAT IN GLASS (2016) Fuku Ikeda, Graphic artwork
BEAT IN GLASS (2016) Fuku Ikeda, Graphic artwork

Harvest and...

Today we started to harvest rice. Maybe it will be finished tomorrow. After that, we have to dry them in a dryer. It's the most important process. If the rice has moisture a lot, we are not allowed to sell it. So now I'm crossing my fingers that the dryer, the machine will work properly. But I'm sure that it will do well.

Bubbles

GRAFFITI of SUMMER (2016) Fuku Ikeda
GRAFFITI of SUMMER (2016) Fuku Ikeda

Structure of Light

Structure of Light (2016) Fuku Ikeda, Paper, W218xL308xH182cm
Structure of Light (2016) Fuku Ikeda, Paper, W218xL308xH182cm

Envelope Curves

Envelope Curves (2016) Fuku Ikeda, Graphic artwork
Envelope Curves (2016) Fuku Ikeda, Graphic artwork

Pickle Plums

After finishing planting rice, we are starting to make pickled plums. We preserve plums in salt water with "aka-jiso", or red perilla. Perilla is said to prevent food from going bad and dispensable to make pickled plums. It has a strong aroma and gives plums beautiful red color. I found its liquid's red or pink color so beautiful that I couldn't drain it and put it on a piece of Japanese paper. I also put a little Indian ink on it. It's an early summer color in Japan. I wish it won't fade, but maybe it will.

Thanksgiving for planting rice completed

 

It's been the busiest season for rice farmers for a week. Finally we finished planting rice seedlings in fields last week. We wish that all rice plants in our village will grow without any harm.

GRAFFITI

 GRAFFITI   (2016) Fuku Ikeda  14.5x20.5cm
GRAFFITI (2016) Fuku Ikeda 14.5x20.5cm

"Untitled"

"Untitled" (2016) Fuku Ikeda  Paper, PVC 44.5x14cm
"Untitled" (2016) Fuku Ikeda Paper, PVC 44.5x14cm

 

青い透明なものをぼんやり見るのが好きです。吸い込まれるようです。

I like seeing things through clear and blue glass. It takes me back to ancient days in the ocean.

 

 

Wavering

La spirale du Modulor II  (2016) Fuku Ikeda 54x37.5cm
La spirale du Modulor II (2016) Fuku Ikeda 54x37.5cm

Shadow on the Water

Shadow on the Water (2016) Fuku Ikeda  19.5x77.6cm
Shadow on the Water (2016) Fuku Ikeda 19.5x77.6cm

Source of inspiration: Our Village

KANNONJICHO   April 29, 2016 photo by Fuku
KANNONJICHO April 29, 2016 photo by Fuku

This is a photo of Kannonjicho, Kashihara, Nara prefecture, Japan. Fuku Ikeda's works and music are inspired by the village. It is full of colors and light. We are proud of the scenery of the village. We have been growing rice plants here for as long as about 2300 years. That is indicated by underground remains related to ancient agriculture discovered in the area.

 

In spring, the rice fields are covered with crimson flowers of rengue-sou, or Chinese milk vetch which has roots containing nitrogen, a substance of fertilizer. Farmers plant them to reduce the use of chemical fertilizer.

 

Mt.Katsuragi from Kannonjicho, April 29, 2016 photo by Fuku
Mt.Katsuragi from Kannonjicho, April 29, 2016 photo by Fuku

We are also proud of the view of Mt.Katsuragi from our village. Mt.Katsuragi is famous for  some legends featured in Noh, classical Japanese musical drama since the 14th century. For example,  'Katsuragi' and 'Tsuchigumo' are popular.

 

We finished planting rice seeds today. We prayed to deities of the sky, the  wind and earth for all rice plants in our village.

 

back to EXHIBITION and NEW HANDMADE BOOKS

SPRING

SPRING (2016) Fuku Ikeda
SPRING (2016) Fuku Ikeda

It's a dull, gray memory that sounds like the harmony in "Portrait of Tracy" by Jaco Pastorius.

天文台

Observatory  (2016)Paper craftwork,  Designed by Fuku Ikeda
Observatory (2016)Paper craftwork, Designed by Fuku Ikeda

六角形の白い建物。星を眺めるときは、こんな建物のなかにいる心地。

A hexagonal white building. When seeing stars in the night sky, I feel as if I was inside a building like this.