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Shinto Rolling Pin

Eastern attribute

Inspired by the upward curve of the traditional Japanese Shinto Shrines that possess sense of buoyancy and resonant to the oriental nostalgic form. Having able to be hung, it mimics how traditional wooden tablets (Ema) that were used in the shrine for one’s wishes. Being symmetrical generates stability, enhancing the dualistic composition of the contrasting auspicious colors in the material.

 

Aesthetics

The diagonal edges at both ends echo the ornamentation and upward curve of the Shinto Shrines. While the horizontal ornamentation at the center not only extends the linear proportion of the rolling pin, but also amplify the symmetry quality that is also synchronised by the bead. Moreover, the end of the knot conforms to the symmetrical shape of the ornamentation.

 

Utility

This rolling pin is slightly tapered towards both ends to actuate the position of the users’ hands. This also reflects and elevates its lightness and floating quality that coincides with the actual weightlessness of the material. When unused, the bead with leather cord installed allows the rolling pin to be hung for storage or for decorative purposes.

 

Originality

The Shinto Shrines are usually partially submerged in the water hence forming a reflection on the water in which the rolling pin is able to resemble when being rolled. By harmonising the attributes of Shinto Shrines, auspicious color beliefs and hanging wooden tablets practices, the rolling pin elicit the spirit of place, people and product of the Japanese culture.

James Sua - Shinto Rolling Pin, 2016,

made of acacia and padauk with leather cord, dim 24.8 x 3.3 cm,

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