tabi Arts’ found series

“tabi Arts’ found series” is all about things that caught our eye.  Sometimes we are lucky enough to retain those things with photographs and images we can look back on.  Sometimes we are not so lucky and we just have to log them in our mind as a ‘beautiful memory’.

found 01 : FUGU Netsuke by Paul Chateney



Netsuke: miniature sculptures invented in 17th-century Japan.

Japanese people used to hang their everyday articles such as small money pouches, tobacco pouches, and seal or medicine cases (inro) from their belt (obi).  To prevent it falling to the ground, the hanging object(s) was attached to a small toggle with a cord, and the toggle is called Netsuke.

Paul made this FUGU Netsuke a few years ago. It took him hours and hours to carve – slowly, painfully with the help of many bottles of sake. He describes it was a labour of love, sweat and tears.

He loves eating fugu – although nearly poisoned by it in Osaka.

Material: Ivory.  Tree sap for colouring in layers then cut away where he wanted to keep white.

found 02: kirie – papercuttings by Touru Inoue







Touru Inoue (b.1948): He learnt kirie (papercuttings) from his father in law. After having trained as a professional swimmer, he became a headmaster of a local nursery school.

Now retired, he produces hundreds of kirie as his hobby.

found 03: pipe of the Cree Chief Poundmaker


material: stone & wood

found in Battleford, Canada

This pipe belonged to Pitikwahanapiwiyin commonly known as Poundmaker (1842 – 86).

He was a Plains Cree chief known as a peacemaker and defender of his people.

found 04: ‘Argentiera’

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Known as a ghost town, Argentiera was once a thriving silver mining town on the island of Sardina.  Silver & lead mining started in this part of Sardina by the Romans and Phoenicians.  Now there are  a few ruins of the mining factory buildings where I found the most beautiful display of remains from the old days.