Friday, 16 February 2018

Flying Arrows

The black & white arrows courtesy of
"Designers Guide to Japanese Patterns"
by Jeanne Allen.
"Flying Arrows" is a yagasuri (arrow) design, originally worn by maids who served the daimyo and shoguns, and was eventually adopted by Edo townsmen.


  1. WOW—I really really like this collage, Angie. Its simplicity of design belies the depth of emotion it evokes—in me, at least. Here is this splendid animal, running across the plain under a bright blue sky studded with big white cumulus clouds. But he is evidently not having a good day: he is being hunted by men on horses with bows and arrows. The black-and-white pattern on the left (thank you for the information about it) is beautiful, but for this bison, it means death. The sweep of the viewer's eyes from left to right makes the outcome unmistakable. This bison is about to be pierced by numerous arrows, and his death will be the outcome. It's a disturbing, stunning collage. Brava!

    1. Thanks Fi. This one came together quite by accident! And my interpretation is that the bison is clearing the arrows and achieving the plains by the skin of his teeth! I do not care for the images of the Wild Wild West. Too much hardship & death. That is why I made an alternate collage called "Western Ballet" which is on a gentler note.

    2. Awww... I'm glad to hear that the gorgeous bison makes it out alive! =smile=