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DANIEL MITSUI ~ ARTIST


NEWSLETTER ~ JULY 2014

DEAR FRIENDS, PATRONS & BENEFACTORS:

I have been working to improve my calligraphy & gilding. I recently purchased new equipment & materials, took a few private lessons, and spent nearly the entire month of May practicing lettering. I am preparing to complete in the coming months a large commission requiring about 1600 calligraphed words, and hope that the improvements in technique will find useful application in almost all of my future drawings.

       Yours faithfully,

       Daniel Mitsui

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NEW ORIGINAL DRAWINGS

Open-edition giclée prints of all of these drawings are available and can be ordered online here or at the individual web pages linked below.


ST. JULIAN the HOSPITALLER

ST. JULIAN the HOSPITALLER


I was requested to draw St. Julian in an Italian style, a departure from my usual northern European influences. For the central portrait, I looked to trecento paintings by Taddeo Gaddi & his son Agnolo for inspiration. The color & design of the acanthus ornament & drolleries I based on illuminated choir manuscripts of the same era. Small medallions in the border house pictures of St. Raphael & St. Christopher. Read more here.



WEDDING at CANA

WEDDING at CANA


This is the fifth commission I have received to transpose traditional subjects from medieval European art into the style of Japanese woodblock prints. Paintings by Hinrik Funhof, Hieronymus Bosch & Bertram von Minden were among the occidental works that influenced the content & arrangement. The images on the jars and on the folding screens illustrate the theological significance of the Wedding at Cana. Read more here.



AVE MARIS STELLA

AVE MARIS STELLA


This drawing includes the beginning words & neumes of the vesperal hymn that salutes the Virgin Mary as Star of the Sea. In keeping with the nautical symbolism of the hymn, the frame surrounding the picture of Mary & the Christ Child is composed of seashells, and the initial A is composed of sea creatures. I was inspired by the figurative blackletter alphabets created by the Master E.S. & Giovannino de'Grassi. Read more here.



ST. JULIANA of LIEGE

ST. JULIANA of LIEGE


This drawing was commissioned by a pious confraternity to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the institution of the Feast of Corpus Christi. St. Juliana of Liège was a 13th century Premonstratensian canoness regular who experienced a mystical vision of the full moon with a dark blemish, representing the lack in the liturgical year of a feast especially in honor of the Holy Eucharist. Read more here.





NEW from MILLEFLEUR PRESS

Millefleur Press is my imprint for publishing letterpress broadsides, bookplates & fine printed books inspired by the incunabula & blockbooks of the 15th century.


GOLD & PALLADIUM LEAF on HAND-COLORED BROADSIDES

OUR LADY of WALSINGHAM


Having learned an improved gilding technique, I am now selling my hand-colored broadsides with details illuminated with 23k gold leaf & palladium leaf.

RESURRECTION


These broadsides were printed on a Heidelberg Windmill press at Rohner Letterpress (Chicago, IL). Graphic Chemical & Ink (Villa Park, IL) supplied a traditional printing ink made from linseed oil & furnace black. The paper was handmade from cotton rag pulp at Twinrocker Handmade Papers (Brookston, IN). It is a laid paper, which means that it has a slight ribbed texture from the wires in the papermaking mould.

I color them by hand, using calligraphers' inks applied with tiny paintbrushes.

GOLD & PALLADIUM LEAF   GOLD & PALLADIUM LEAF


The burnished gold & palladium leaf add real brilliance to these works. Unfortunately, the shine of the leaf does not show well in scanned images.



NEW UNIVERSAL BOOKPLATES

BOOKPLATE   BOOKPLATE

BOOKPLATE


These letterpress bookplates have blank spaces where a name can be written, so they can be used by anyone. They were printed on a Heidelberg cylinder press at Rohner Letterpress (Chicago, IL), using Van Son vegetable oil-based black ink on Reich Savoy cotton text-weight paper. They measure approximately 3" x 4".

The first depicts the Way of the Cross in the style of a medieval stained glass window. The second, in the same style, depicts the Capture of the Unicorn as an allegory of the Incarnation. The third has patterns & lacertines resembling those in Northumbro-Irish manuscripts.

These bookplates cost $5 for a package of 10 and can be ordered online here.



TYPEFACE DESIGN

TYPEFACE


The calligraphic script that I am working to master will also be the basis for my first typeface. I have almost finished designing the glyphs. I hope to create something that marries well to my medieval-styled illustration but is legible to modern eyes, and thus have looked for inspiration to 15th century Italian half-roman (gotico-antiqua) typefaces.

Having a workable typeface of my own design will make it possible for me to begin more ambitious projects for Millefleur Press, incuding complete illustrated books. This is my real ambition, and I shall write more about it in the next newsletter.





NEW CUSTOM BOOKPLATES

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BOOKPLATE BOOKPLATE
BOOKPLATE
BOOKPLATE BOOKPLATE


See more custom bookplates here.





ITEMS for SALE

If you want to purchase a drawing or print, either e-mail me or visit my website; this page has a full list of available drawings & prints, and buttons for paying via PayPal, credit card or debit card.


ORIGINAL ARTWORK

BUTTERFLY
Butterfly 3
$1360
  BUTTERFLY
Butterfly 1
$1105
AVE MARIS STELLA
Ave Maris Stella
$500
  SCARAB
Scarab
$480
BUTTERFLY
Butterfly 2
$370
  AQUA SAPIENTIE
Aqua Sapientie
$200
OLIVES
Olives Bookplate
$174
  CRITTERS
Critters Bookplate
$174
MAZE
Maze Bookplate
$174
  GLORIA
Gloria
$80



MILLEFLEUR PRESS

WALSINGHAM
Walsingham
broadside
$53
  RESURRECTION
Resurrection
broadside
$53
WALSINGHAM
Walsingham
broadside
hand-colored with
gold & palladium
$453
  RESURRECTION
Resurrection
broadside
hand-colored with
gold & palladium
$453
BOOKPLATE
St. Ann bookplate
$6 for 10
  BOOKPLATE
Maze bookplate
$6 for 10
BOOKPLATE
St. Francis bookplate
$6 for 10
  BOOKPLATE
Rosary bookplate
$6 for 10
BOOKPLATE
Persian Garden
bookplate
$6 for 10
  BOOKPLATE
Rhamphorhynchus
bookplate
$6 for 10
BOOKPLATE
Letters
bookplate
$6 for 10
  BOOKPLATE
Unicorn
bookplate
$5 for 10
BOOKPLATE
Lacertines
bookplate
$5 for 10
  BOOKPLATE
Via Crucis
bookplate
$5 for 10



OPEN EDITION GICLÉE PRINTS

Giclée prints are made on a spray-jet printer from a high-resolution digital scan or photograph. Acid-free heavy rag paper is the substrate.

STATIONS of the CROSS
Stations of the Cross
$462 for 14
  LAST_JUDGMENT
Last Judgment
$144
BD. DAVID GUNSTON
Bd. David Gunston
$122
  CHRIST in MAJESTY
Christ in Majesty
$114
ICXC NIKA
ICXC NIKA
$114
  PERPETUAL HELP
Virgin of Perpetual Help
$101
ADORATION of the MAGI
Adoration of the Magi
$90
  ADORATION of the TRINITY
Adoration of the Trinity
$90
ST. PETER
Tonsure of St. Peter
$90
  WEDDING at CANA
Wedding at Cana
$88
HIGH PRIEST
Christ the High Priest
$88
  LAST SUPPER
Last Supper
$88
PRESENTATION
Presentation
$88
  PENTECOST
Pentecost
$88
CRUCIFIXION
Crucifixion
$88
  BUTTERFLY
Butterfly #3
$88
NATIVITY
Nativity of Our Lord
$75
  BATTLE in HEAVEN
Battle in Heaven
$75
ST. ELIZABETH
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
$75
  CHI-RHO
Chi-Rho Mongram
$75
ST. RAPHAEL
St. Raphael
$75
  ST. JOAN
St. Joan of Arc
$75
ST. COLUMBA
St. Columba
$45
  CHRISTO GLORIA in ECCLESIA
Christo Gloria
$45
ST. JULIANA of LIEGE
St. Juliana of Liege
$33
  VIRGIN & CHILD
Virgin & Child
$33
ALBERT
St. Albert
$33
  ST. FIACRE
St. Fiacre
$33
VINE LEAVES
Vine Leaves
$33
  SWEETPEA
Sweetpea
$33
SCARAB
Scarab
$33
  MYSTICAL UNICORN HUNT
Mystical Unicorn Hunt
$33
ST. JULIAN the HOSPITALLER
St. Julian the Hospitaller
$33
  AVE MARIS STELLA
Ave Maris Stella
$27
MEMENTO MORI
Four Last Things
$23
  BAPTISM
Baptism of Christ
$23
ECCE QUAM BONUM
Ecce Quam Bonum
$21
  BUTTERFLY
Butterfly #2
$21
TREE FROG
Tree Frog
$21
  ST. PATRICK
St. Patrick
$15
ANNUNCIATION
Small Annunciation
$15
  VIRGIN & CHILD
Small Virgin & Child
$15




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