Sunday, 13 May 2012
I printed a new edition of Amami rabbit last week.
It is a two plate etching - first plate (tone only) has a mix of oriental blue and sanguine and second plate (line and tone) has a mix of black and emerald green.
I'm thinking about making a second edition with a different colour with more reddish dark brown.
I first saw this rabbit in Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo.
Amami rabbit is an endangered species of rabbit regarded as a living fossil found only in Amami Oshima and Tokunoshima, two small semi-tropical islands in Kagoshima prefecture about halfway between Okinawa and Kyushu in Japan.
It lives in or on the edge of old-growth forests, away from human activity.
Although it has been declared as a Japanese Special National Monument, which not only prevents it from being hunted but also trapped, its existence is not widely known.
It has significantly small ears and eyes, short hind legs and wooly dark fur, it looks very different from a typical rabbit or hare.