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Lisa Kan Lampwork
The art of Haiku poetry was officially born in Japan at the beginning of the Tokugawa shogunate (1603-1770). This poetic form has always consisted of three-lined verse of seventeen syllables, arranged in alternating lines of five, seven and five syllables each. Having traveled to Japan on several occasions, I am deeply drawn to their arts and esthetics. You will see the Japanese influence in my glass work often. This series was inspired by the changing seasons and the beauty of nature portrayed in classic Japanese Haiku poetry. The focal beads are my interpretation of the changing seasons and of the falling leaves/blossoms floating in a pond. The variety of colors in the Haiku series were also influenced by beautiful silk kimonos. The focals in this catalog are only a sampling of some of the fabulous colors now available (violet, coral, aqua, lavender, cranberry pink, soft pink, denim, teal, and more colors are continually being developed). There are 7-8 different steps and multi-layers of glass combined to create the depth in the Haiku beads. Every angle you look will tell a different story. The shape of the Haiku bead is reminiscent of the Inro box worn on the Obi (kimono sash) which held small objects and trinkets. For a more expansive selection, visit me at one of my shows or email to select from the show stock.
In April 2007, the Haiku bead was chosen as an editor's pick and two of the beads graced the cover of Beadwork's Annual Beads 2007 issue. The Haiku beads have also been featured in a number of publications since it's creation in 2005.
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