“What defines my work is eccentricity. The mixture of materials and
stones and the unceasing will to avoid what is trivial is what delimits my
creativity. This process involves much study and research of different
ways to surprise. Here, I would like to share my inspirations, ideas and
travels.” – Silvia Furmanovich.
A netsuke is a small sculptural object developed in Japan over a
period of more than three hundred years. They initially served
both functional and aesthetic purposes.
The traditional form of
Japanese dress, the kimono, had no pockets. Women would tuck
small personal items into their sleeves, but men suspended their
tobacco pouches, pipes, purses, writing equipment and other
items of daily use on a silk cord passed behind their obi (sash).
These hanging objects are called sagemono. The netsuke was
attached to the other end of the cord preventing the cord from
slipping through the obi.