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Japanese Whale in a Yukata Ocean
The patterns depicted in these traditionally shaped waves come from the men’s informal “house kimono,” called a Yukata. The cranes drawn in the whale are considered symbols of happiness and long life in Japan. I think of this whale as swimming in an ocean of harmony and comfort.
Oceania describes the region of tropical islands between Asia, Australia, and the Americas. I found these designs on paddles and cookware in a book on the art of Oceania. When I saw a picture of a Blue Whale nursery off the coast of Costa Rica, where there is a warm current perfect for nurturing baby whales, I knew I had found my inspiration!
Willow Pattern Whale
The Willow Pattern is found on fine dishes, most often in shades of blue. While Willow china is produced in England, the design is from China. There is a poem to go with it: A Chinese vessel sailing by. A bridge with three people, sometimes four, A willow tree, hanging o’er. A Chinese temple, there it stands, Built upon the river sands. An apple tree, with apples on, A crooked fence to end my song.
Mola Whales in a Yellow Sea
Humpback whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres gather in the waters off Panama each year to breed and give birth.
Molas are colorful fabric panels made by both appliqueing on top of and cutting back through layers of cloth. They are hand-sewn and worn by the Kuna women of Panama.
Scrimshaw is the art of carving and engraving on whale teeth and bones. It’s called the “folk art of American Whalers.” To protect whales, scrimshaw is now made using wood, nuts or shells. Whaling ships sailed all the world’s oceans in the nineteenth century.
As featured in “Paisley Pig and Friends: A Multicultural ABC.”
The people of northern Australia draw in the x-ray style. Their animal paintings show bones and internal organs just like x-rays. 40,000 years ago people painted this art on rock walls or on their own bodies.The fish drawn here are called X-ray Fish because they are actually transparent enough to clearly see their bones and organs.
Despite how they look, and how they have been portrayed in movies and books, the octopus is both graceful and intelligent – if a little tricky! It is, however, a wild animal, and will eat just about anything – and because it can change the color of its skin with far more agility than a chamelon, it can easily fade into any background or sneak up on its prey. My octopus is trying to camouflage herself in an ocean of variegated blues.