One Last Pre-Festival Project: Shoji

As a last project made before the Mi-no-Hi festival, I constructed these Shoji screens from cedar and paper.


Shoji

They're actually much rougher in person than in the picture, given that the cedar lumber I used is intended for outdoor stuff like decking, and not interior furniture, but I'm pretty happy with how they came out. They're hinged together in pairs to allow them to be free-standing. The paper is real kozo paper. It's basically the lowest grade of calligraphy paper, but pretty high grade for this purpose.

At the event, they were used to help create a "tea house" area for Lady Solveig's tea ceremony demos, and as a backdrop for royal court. I received many compliments, and I'm about 3/4 of the way through writing up the project description. Here's a picure of them in use just before court.


Photo by Lynette Vybiral

2009.03.03 at 10:00am EST