Haruka Furusaka | ふるさかはるか

ことづての声 | The Voice of Lore

  • Drawing & PaintingSeries of Lore
  • 2019-


「積層の器 ことづての声」




− 見聞きした事の幾つかを取り上げてみる。…


2022年11月26日-12月18日〈積層の器 ことづての声〉, ギャラリーパルク, 京都
2020年4月18日-8月31日 〈The Future is in Nature〉, ルオムの森, 群馬

This is a series of drawings about people’s words based on the handwork of the mountains of Tsugaru and Nanbu regions in northern Japan. I visited a Matagi (hunters) as woodturner, a lacquer tapper and a blacksmith who make lacquer tap tools. I interviewed them about the signs they read from mountains and trees, and the words someone once said. In order to correspond my handwork with those who interact with nature, I used two kinds of paints extracted from soil collected by myself and indigo leaves I cultivated. During the interview, I used a self-made pinhole camera to record the land and people in photographs as if they were “made by hand.”

A Vessel in Layers – The Voice of Lore

When you talk with someone about handicraft, the conversation naturally leads to materials, climate, how objects are made, and how craft is taught. As someone who makes woodblock prints using wood and soil in a manner that mirrors handicraft, I gain a sense of sympathy and insight from its language of thinking while working with one’s hands. From the speaker’s voice, we can infer both the cumulation of ingenuity and a language inherited from others who have come before. I believe that the individual is a tributary that flows into the continuous, collective undercurrent of lore.

Handicrafts are often made of natural materials that are readily found in the surrounding environment. They become tools that connect people to the land. In the case of the Sami people of the Arctic Circle, the fur of the reindeer, which they have herded since ancient times, has become the clothing that the Sami use to protect themselves from the severe winter cold, which can reach as low as -40 degrees Celsius. They use the naturally occurring shapes in their surroundings to create tools that protect them from their environment.

As I heard from the Sami people, when I sought out handicrafts born of severe conditions in my home country, I had only to go to snow country. I hoped to glean something from the people who have experienced the extraordinary snowfall of Tsugaru, lending my ear to their voices and writing down what I heard during workshops and after visiting people involved in handicrafts and mountain work. The excerpts above are just part of the stories I recorded in this way.

Below I share experiences from my research..

The whole of this essay is published in the document book “Lore of the Land“.


Translated by Queen & Co.
Copyright © Haruka Furusaka

These works were shown at the following exhibitions:
“A Vessel in Layers – The Voice of Lore”, Gallery Parc, Kyoto, Japan, 26 Nov.-18 Dec. 2022
“The Future is in Nature”, Luomu no Mori, Gunma, Japan, 18 Apr.-31 Aug. 2020