詩から作品を生み出す私は、娘のことを想って描いた詩を読みながら作品を描いていました。 「愛」のなかにある「心」を描くのに、黒い墨の点２つでは足りなくて そこに溢れる桃色の花を描く事でわたしの詩と書は重なったのです。 それがいつからか皆様に「花咲く書道」と呼ばれるようになりました。
優しい花々や笑顔たちは書の凛とした強さと重なり 雑貨やライブ、レッスンなどで皆様とのご縁を繋いでくれています。 何かひとつでもあなたの心と重なって小さなお花が咲きますように。
My name is Saren Nagata, and I am the creator of Hanasaku Shodo. Japanese calligraphy is an important piece of traditional Japanese culture, and many Japanese have some kind of experience with the art from a young age. The monochromatic world view created by ink and brush can bring to mind a variety of ideas. Each and every kanji character carries meaning, and the images that these characters conjure are unique for each and every person. I want to share this wonderful traditional Japanese culture with our children. I want to share with them the diversity of images that characters can arouse in our minds in a way that is easy for them to understand. And I want to inspire in them a much deeper appreciation for Japanese calligraphy. “Is this art, or is it calligraphy?” This is the kind of question that I hope to see posed as a result of Hanasaku Calligraphy. The flowers or smiling faces that you see in Hanasaku pieces are not simply meaningless decoration. My works are inspired by poetry, and I created those pieces while contemplating verse that I wrote with my daughter in mind. The character for love (愛) contains within the character for heart (心), but when actually putting it to paper two simple black dots felt inadequate. By making this part of the character overflow with peach-colored flowers, I was able to create a more intimate connection between my poetry and my calligraphy. And then over time people began to refer to my work as “Hanasaku Calligraphy.” What better way to show your gratitude to your friends than flowers and smiles? This combination of tender flowers and smiles along with the commanding presence of calligraphy has led to the beginning of many new relationships, formed at shops, at live performances, and in the classrooms. I hope that somehow my work is able to touch each and every one of you in some way, and that as a result something begins to bloom within.