- Convey the fascination of ancient Jomon culture triggered by “kakkoii(cool)” and through collective toys.
- Creating a new era of sofubi!! Born by fusing digital technology and street taste designs.
- Utilizing digital archives of ancient artifacts in fun and kakkoii ways.
■ Project Overview
"That's awesome!" With such a positive glue, it may not be necessary to live, but it will enrich your life. Somehow the face becomes smiling. A new project of " THAT IS GOOD ", a web media that sends wonderful culture overflowing in Japan to the world .
We think that it is necessary to have a way of "manufacturing" that suits the coming era. Therefore, we decided to make the required number by pre-sale at Makuake and send "JOMOHEADS" to the world.
(from right: Chi Qoo / Mataka / Shaka / Tino / Issy)
* Chi Qoo, Mataka, Issy are made into sofubi
■ Project Details
Have you taken a closer look at the unique patterns and shapes of Jomon Doki (pottery) and Dogu (clay figurines)?
JOMOHEADS, cutting edge character designed by artist humanoise using 3D scanned 3D data of real Jomon Doki. Now we are releasing first 3 characters as sofubi.
Many Doki(pottery) and Dogu(clay figurines) were made about 15,000 to 2,400 years ago and have been excavated in various parts of Japan. Have you ever seen that unique pattern or sculpture? "JOMOHEADS" was born from the desire to share "Jomon" culture and feeling of "fun" by fusing cool Jomon Doki that has appeared in the present age and modern street culture . This is a project to create "objects”, “material” but I truely would like to share is the history and culture behind it, and feelings proud of it, through the “objects”.
■ Product Features
[Genuine Jomon Doki data using 3D scanning]
Reference: From Yamanashi Design Archive
3D scanning is a technology that converts three-dimensional objects into 3D data using sensors and lasers. It is not possible to remodel the real archaeological relics and Jomon Doki, but once it is converted into 3D data, it can be changed in size, cut out in part, and handled freely.
Jomon Doki is a work made by a person who actually lived in ancient Japan. By handling 3D Jomon pottery this time, I was able to see the pottery from an angle that I could not see when it was exhibited in the museum, and I was able to feel the breath of making each pattern. It was fun. I want everyone to feel this realistic feeling .
This 3D data was borrowed from the projects " Yamanashi Design Archive " and " Jomon Open Source Project " conducted by Yamanashi Prefectural Industrial Technology Center . Both are great projects that make local historical relics available to anyone as open source, so we also want to make these projects more widely known through "JOMOHEADS".
Reference: Yamanashi Design Archive Top Screen
[Sharp modeling using 3DCG and 3D printing prototypes]
Until a decade ago, figures and sofubi prototypes were carved by hand. Recently, with the development of computer graphic software, the number of prototype masters who make prototypes digitally is increasing. I think that each of the digital prototype and the hand prototype has its advantages, but "JOMOHEADS" uses the digital prototype in order to utilize the 3D data of Jomon pottery. Combine 3D data of Jomon Doki with character body parts using CG software! It is output as a 3D print and used as a prototype. You can enjoy the sharp modeling and the shape of real Jomon Doki unique to CG .
Reference material: Mataka being produced with CG
[Characters born from 3D data]
Mataka born from flame-style pottery
Issy was born from a large four-unit handle.
Chi Qoo born from deep pot pottery with a face handle
[JOMON Meets Street Culture]
No matter how valuable it is, it will be forgotten if it doesn't suit the times. Culture and technology seem to evolve linearly in time, but in fact it is evolving like a spiral staircase. As for fashion, fashion from the 1980s to the 90s has been spinning around, and it is now fashionable again. When viewed from above, the spiral staircase seems to go around the same place, but when viewed from the side, it goes up one floor when it goes around.
"JOMOHEADS" also combines the wonderful design of Jomon pottery with the atmosphere of street culture such as hip-hop, graffiti (mural = mural), and skateboarding. Above all , I think that "fun" is important . The Jomon pottery fused with the modern "fun" has been revived as a spirit living in the present .
■ Taketo Kobayashi's thoughts on making "JOMOHEADS" figures
For me when I was little, "Jomon" was nothing more than the destination of an elementary school excursion. I still remember walking along the long river leading to the Prefectural Archaeological Museum, but I never remember what kind of Jomon pottery I saw at the Archaeological Museum. Perhaps there are many other people like that, who are unaware that the land they live in has a wonderful heritage on the ground at their feet.
After a long time, I became interested in "Jomon" again. I've forgotten the obvious motive, but I think it's probably because I've started to make a living by making shapes.
(left) "Quantum Reality" 3D printed. 3DP supported by iJet.
(right) Fudo-myo-oh Fudo Mingo 3D printed
Waiting for me to visit the local archaeological museum again was a wonderful archaeological relic and work of art unlike any other in the world. Waviness, entanglement, rising patterns and modeling, I was drawn into Jomon at once. No matter where you look around the world, there is no such wonderful sculpture. It is exactly the oldest in Japan (the oldest pottery in the world currently discovered = Jomon pottery excavated from Odai Yamamoto I site in Aomori prefecture) and is an original art.
After that, I started reading books about Jomon and visiting archaeological museums around the world. What I could see from there was the figure of "Jomon", which lived in harmony with nature (although from an amateur's point of view) and had a peaceful era for more than 10,000 years.
There are various types of Jomon pottery, but of course I recommend Yamanashi when it comes to modeling pottery. Especially in the middle of the Jomon period (from now, roughly 5,000 years ago), I think that Yamanashi to Nagano must have been a cultural center. Even if you look only in Yamanashi prefecture, the designs are very diverse, and when you go, it seems that the characteristics of the pottery are different in each village. The size of the pottery and the politeness of the finish are also outstandingly high quality.
Although I said Yamanashi Oshi, the great thing about Jomon is that there are unique Jomon cultures in various parts of Japan, and they trade and influence each other as culture and art. "Diversity" and "network" There are already keywords in this era in ancient Japan.
When I was a teenager (probably like many teenagers), I thought of my hometown as a boring place with no culture. However, when I looked at my hometown through the Jomon period, I began to think that it was a wonderful land with wonderful cultural heritage and beautiful nature, and I felt strongly "pride" in it.
Sunrise from Hottarakashi Onsen, Yamanashi Prefecture
That was the reason I started the "JOMOHEADS" project. I hope more people will know about "Jomon" that gave me a chance to reaffirm the local culture. However, even if you have a stern look and talk only about the knowledge of the literature (which is important, of course), everyone is not interested.
It's important to be "fun" or "cool".
In order to embody "fun", Jomon pottery was used as a motif and fused with hip-hop and street culture, and it was made into a sofubi as a spirit living in the present age and revived as a series of collectable toys.
I think it is very important to cherish the culture and history of the land where you live. "Jomon" gave me an opportunity to look back on my hometown and, by extension, Japan, and gave me a feeling of pride.
"JOMO HEADS" is a project to create "things" called sofubi, sofubi created with the desire to share "Jomon" and "fun" with more people, but it conveys history, culture, and the feeling of being proud of it through things. project.
JOMOHEADS Sand ver sample
I would be very happy if everyone could pick it up and enjoy "JOMO HEADS", and if it would be a good opportunity to review my culture.
Size: Ji Ku H20cm W11cm D8cm (planned)
Issy H22cm W11cm D9cm (planned)
Mataka H18cm W10cm D14cm (planned )
■ Production process
● Step 1 completed
Prototype production: Output the prototype by 3D printing
Based on this prototype, we created a wax mold.
● Step 2 completed
Row prototype: Create a duplicate of the prototype with wax (WAX).
Parts such as "Yuguchi" and "Kan" are attached to this prototype.
● Step 3 completed
Mold making: Mold is manufactured by electroplating and welding technology.
An important process that requires experience and knowledge.
● Step 4 Sand ver completed
/ Preparing for colorful ver production
Sample production: Produce a sample according to the desired color.
● Step 5 Under construction
Coloring mask: A mask for coloring. Manufactured based on the actual molded product.
● Step 6 Start production after Makuake is completed
Molding: The process of actually making a figure. Each one is made by hand by a craftsman.
● Step 7 Performed after colorful ver molding
Painting: Paint the colorful ver using a coloring mask.
■ How to use the funds
・ Production cost of colored mask
・ Molding cost
・ Package production cost
・ Other sofubi production cost
(3D prototype output cost, wax mold production cost, mold production cost,)
■ Introduction of the maker
【THAT IS GOOD】
" That is good " is the transmission of JAPAN CULTURE, music and LIVE events that you can enjoy with your five senses, images that convey the world-class Japan, and things that may not be necessary for your life, but will enrich your life. .. Somehow the face becomes smiling.
We have a wide range of products that we think are wonderful and deliver them to everyone in the world.
"That's okay!" With such a positive glue.
KOBAYASHI Post-digital artist
Representative of NPO corporation JOMONISM
Graduated from Keio University Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. He became a freelancer after working at Tokyo University of Technology Creative Lab and Gonzo Co., Ltd. Currently, as a "post-digital artist", he masters digital tools such as CG and 3D printing as a "brush" and produces a wide range of works from 3D works to videos. He is also active overseas, and in the collaboration project "XSENSE" with artist Yoshinori Sakamaki, he uses digital works for street art and creates murals (mural paintings) (Denver, Colorado). He also used his unique worldview animation as a performing art and performed in collaboration with a contemporary Noh theater company (Denver, San Francisco).
In addition to producing his own works, he is also in charge of curating the "ARTs of JOMON" exhibition conducted by the NPO JOMONISM . He continues to introduce contemporary artists influenced by Jomon culture to the world (Aomori Museum of Art, Spiral Garden, Denver International Airport, Kuala Lumpur, etc.).
The mission is to give shape to invisible things, emotions, energy, the next dimension of consciousness, and so on.
He currently lives in Singapore