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Giftbag Round-up / Dave + Ryoko 4-20 Kekkon-shiki

At weddings in Japan – unlike in “western” countries, guests usually bring cash in special envelopes as a gift rather than a household appliance or other oddment from a registry. The cash is often in 2 envelopes – one as a “gift” and other the cover their portion of party expenses. Regardless, the notes as fresh and crisp and in a special envelope with appropriate decorations and minimal written sentiments.

The guests are almost always sent on their way with a gift bag of treats with items which reflect the spouses personality (not always the case), or the region or season of the wedding. Anyhow, we took the gift bag part on with great enthusiasm and vigour as we wanted all the guests to take a piece of our heart reflected in hobbies, interests and whatnot.

As it goes, with all the work assembling the gift bags of disparate objects, we neglected to document the items dutifully. Fortunately our pal Robert Scales did a pretty decent job of capturing the assortment which included the following

  • Bizen Yakima saké cup – nearby Bizen one of 6 great centres of pottery of Japan, the cups were handmade by master potter Hosokawa-san and fired with no glaze for 2 weeks at 1000 degrees Celsius in a massive kiln
  • Note: cups were wrapped in newspaper and packed into hemp cloth drawstring bags

  • Matcha tea – from Kyoto, in a metal tin with bamboo accessories: whisk chasen and scoop chashaku
  • Gig Poster – the Taisho-era jazz/travel inspired art for the wedding made by Joanna Ambrosio of Ganamo Design (Vancouver/Mexico) and professionally printed (A4) by Fujii Printing
  • Sakura oil painting print – from Dave’s Gravelly Beach series, printed A4 by Fujii Printing, signed and number (150)
  • Commemorative postcards (2) – featuring paintings by Dave of Rural Caprine Farm’s noted gingko tree in full yellow splendour and haiku postbox (there is the actual postbox on site) of a poem about letters and peaches. Postcard backs designed with Olympia typewriter. Printed by moo.com
  • Thank you card – hand-lettered (Japanese and English) by Ryoko, accessorize with stamps from US and Vatican, printed by Fujii Printing
  • Incense – ceremonial from Bali
  • Ceningan Divers invitation – a special offer from our friends with a dive resort in Bali
  • Vendor thank you – round-up of all the vendors who assisted, contributed etc to the wedding, including URLs for thanks and reviews etc.
  • Gift bag – blue heavy corrugated paper bags with string handles from Usigaya decorated by hand with a special ink stamp (thanks parents) and gold/silver paint marker flag flourish (by Dave)
  • Finally, a special “typewriter card” paper clipped to each one to make unique and washi tape to close each bag.

All the materials were ordered, delivered etc and then moved to the goat farm’s kitchen table where dear helpful pals (under supervision of lawyer Lindsay and the Jen-eral) assembled and moved down to the goat farm so the area looked like a splendid festive morning. Then, each guest (mostly) received their bag with (hopefully) delight.

Note to self: there is a snap somewhere of the guide to assembling gift bags to add here.

For Hannah – Gravelly Beach #18

Gravelly Beach series

For Hannah – Gravelly Beach #18
16″x20″
acrylic on stretched canvas

Background about “Postcards from Gravelly Beach” painting series

“Postcards from Gravelly Beach” series is underway in my #ArtEveryDay series.

Backstory:

Lived in a trailer we rented from Bernice on Gravelly Beach Rd.

Some crazy shit went down with the house I owned in town which required a ton of energy and stress.

When returned home, i’d rush out to the backyard before the end of the sun with a basic oil painting set and an easel.

i painted the view in 20 or so ways, in half a dozen mediums, various sizes, styles and techniques – all of which you’ll see you’series, ll see during the next fortnight.

The freedom of painting re-sparked my poetic exploits as I started a spoken word literature podcast called Postcards from Gravelly Beach which featured my own work and works of my heroes.

I found it tremendously therapeutic to give my words and audience as well as cathartic to say the words out loud during a time of transition.

Wasn’t long after that on a trip to Europe, I wrote a significant sized cycle of poetry and painted a load of landscapes with a stack of sketches waiting for rainy days to finish.

In all, that Renaissance all started with about $20 worth of art supplies.

Curious to see which postcards folks enjoy the most.

#ArtSavesLives

(Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46

Pod cover - Postcards from Gravelly Beach - Meta-physical environment

Taking a Remembrance Day respite to enjoy a conscious discussion with ‘Trigger’ at Vancouver’s New Amsterdam Cafe, Dave O listens to the consequences and conditions of space, in tangible and gestalt senses, and reviews the paradigm shifts of Vancouver’s downtown Eastside ‘four corners’ – once one of the grandest intersections in the British Empire.

Later, he wanders and reads Walt Whitman (When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d) and Gord Downie (from Coke Machine Glow) to bring it ’round home for this part #7 of the White Poppies for Remembrance series.

Cross the street for: (Meta)Physical Conditions of the Environment – Postcard #46 (18:47, 26MB, 128k mp3)

Music by:

  • Drive-by Truckers “World of Hurt” via KEXP
  • Beethoven Sonata #14
  • Unnamed spacey something by Merlin (and/or Jahwah) via HempenRoad soundtrack

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Orion – Gravelly Beach #16

Gravelly Beach series

Orion – Gravelly Beach #15
9″x9″
oil on stretched canvas

Onisan – Gravelly Beach #15 (by brother Bob)

Gravelly Beach series

Onisan – Gravelly Beach (by brother Bob)
charcoal

Vase – Gravelly Beach #14

Gravelly Beach series

Vase – Gravelly Beach #15
16″x20″
oil on stretched canvas

Stillwater – Gravelly Beach #12

Gravelly Beach series

Stillwater – Gravelly Beach #12
11-½ x18
charcoal on paper (torn)