Rabbit on the Moon pendant designed by Jean Tori

There is a folktale in South Korea that a rabbit lives on the moon. Legend has it that the rabbit pounds the ingredients for rice cakes with a mortar and pestle. It’s a special story and Jean loves rabbits! But this pendant story goes back even further. While we were living in Seoul in the…

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I paint cranes often. Right now I have a few on a beach with surfboards in the background – more on the children’s book when I finish the painting! Cranes are an important symbol in  Korean Folk Art, as they are part of the ten symbols of long life. Here below is a painting from…

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After living in Asia for so long, when I paint clothes on my animals they are usually wearing Chinese, Japanese or Korean robes, kimonos, dresses and jackets. I found a great catalogue about Korean national costumes – hanbok– and it helps give an idea where I was coming from when I painted this rat. I don’t…

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While living in Seoul in the 70s, I was greatly influenced by Korean Folk Art. It was a traditional style of painting that included brilliant colours and simple subjects portrayed with humour and satire. The paintings illustrated folk legends, mythology and Shamanist spiritual symbols. The Tiger was considered a divine being and messenger of the…

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