One Moment, One Drawing. Twelve ink drawings to chase the seasons.

A mini art edition to create new moments of your own

The journey to my first mini art edition “One Moment, One Drawing” really started when I first picked up a sumi-e (Japanese ink painting or 墨絵) brush for the first time. The opportunity to take a moment within the day to slow down, disconnect, and appreciate the uniqueness of the season and environment surrounding me. After a year of daily drawing, a few friends started enquiring about the possibility to share in the beauty and inspiration of some of my drawings, beyond messages and virtual postings. Through collaboration with a number of talented people it was possible to bring the first edition to life in December 2018, and create this tangible connection for my friends. 

“One Moment, One Drawing”, A6 hardcover hand-bound format 

Twelve ink drawings

I set myself the goal to create an object that stayed as close as possible to the experience of browsing one of my original sketchbooks, while also making some of the principles that guide my ink painting practice and daily sketching ritual tangible to its owners. “One Moment, One Drawing” is a A6 hardcover book, minimalist in its design, and each copy is hand-bound using a traditional Japanese technique. Inside the edition you can find a brief opening essay with some of the principles of Japanese ink painting followed by twelve reproductions of my ink drawings. The twelve images were digitally printed on a paper especially selected to perfectly match the colour nuances of the original drawings as well as for its great haptic qualities. 

My Pentel black brush pen was used in every drawing selected for the edition. Brush pens allow me to practice sumi-e technique “on-the-go” everyday. All first edition copies were exclusively numbered and signed with the original drawing pen as a personal thank you for contributing to the original project execution.

Chasing the seasons

The selection follows twelve of the twenty-four ancient Japanese seasons of the year, or sekki (節気), mostly based on moments and places experienced within the course of a year in Switzerland. A few of them you might have seen as part of my regular “zen Monday” series on this website or the monthly Moment Sketchers challenges. The verse of each drawing reproduction is poetically footnoted with the drawing’s title. This title is a variation of the original Japanese season in four languages (English, Japanese, German and Portuguese).

Examples of some of the drawings included in the images selected and the inspiring imagery

Creating new moments, new meetings

Each drawing is reproduced as a fully detachable postcard, meaning you can enjoy the edition as a whole, or transform it into twelve different moments of inspiration throughout the year, to be placed at your wish on your desk, inspiration board, or quite simply shared with your own friends and colleagues. There is enough empty space on the verse to write your own thoughts and reflections. It is my way of hopefully inspiring you to create more moments of connection with those that matter to you most.

One of the drawing reproductions detached as a stand-alone postcard. Whether the drawings feature as seasonal inspiration on your desk or are shared with a friend, individually or as a full series, the choice is entirely yours. The edition purposefully gives you a choice to create new moments of your own.

A bridge between Switzerland, Portugal and Japan

I wanted this edition to somehow reflect my personal journey of involvement with Japanese art and painting practice between Switzerland, Portugal and Japan. I am forever grateful to the following organisations and persons for having turned this dream into a real object of beauty, through their utmost care and dedication: the Digitalisierungszentrum der Zentral Bibliothek Zürich (Switzerland), Namban Products (Portugal), and Keiko Fierz-Takase, who was responsible for all the Japanese translations in the edition. 

Stamping the first edition copies delivered by Namban Products in December 2018

It was with great surprise that I found the first edition to be fully sold out within a couple of weeks, with many considering it the perfect gift of inspiration for that one friend that also loves art or Japan (or both). So I thought that maybe it would be worthwhile giving other people the opportunity to share in the beauty and own their own copy of “One Moment, One Drawing”. We are currently preparing a second edition of “One Moment, One Drawing” to start shipping end of March 2019, and it will be available to pre-order directly below very soon.

All rights reserved. “One Moment, One Drawing. Twelve ink drawings to chase the seasons”™, “一期一絵、水墨画で描く十二節気”™ are the intellectual property of its author Mafalda Tenente, 2018-19.