For Ryökan Project

  • Balls of thread and silk embroidery
  • 7 pieces, ø 6 to 10 cm each
  • Photo: Paolo Bellardo

Ryokan was a well-known Zen monk and poet who lived in the second half of the 18th century in Japan. In some publications, he is said to have carried a ball of thread embroidered with peonies and butterflies in the sleeve of his kimono on his walking pilgrimages. With this “ball of temari” he played with the children he met in village after village. For Ryökan Project consists of seven balls of thread on which are embroidered seven hypothetical phases of continental drift that seem to “float” from the remote past to the present configuration of the landmasses.