Koi Fish Headdress
by Hanayuishi Takaya
Marrying koi and chrysanthemums in a beautiful homage to his home country Japan, Painter in Residence Hanayuishi Takaya created this incredible headdress using papier maché.
To create this incredible headress, artist Hanayuishi Takaya scultped a koi fish out of papier maché and then painted its distinctive pattern using Chalk Paint in Original, Emperor’s Silk and Graphite.
To add a more realistic finish, Hanayuishi used Craqueleur and Dark Chalk Paint Wax, evoking the scales of the fish. The flowers he used include different varieties of chrysanthemums, which are typical Japanese flowers. The way he has placed the fish on to the headdresses looks so much like it is swimming through the flowers, just like it would swim through the seaweed.
Hanayuishi Takaya is Annie Sloan’s first Painter in Residence from Japan.