Dissertation on Symbolism and our Prayer flag




The word "flag" has different meanings to different people.
It can be perceived as the symbol of a nation, as a signal, or even as a brand logo.

I have personally been collecting flags for a long time now, simply because I think they are beautiful objects.
In particular, I like flags that have been exposed to sunlight for long periods of time and worn by rain and wind--certain portions begin to exhibit a more edgy character as the filter of time is applied, which draws each object's true essence forth from within.
When I line up these flags without worrying about their specific meanings or interrelationships, they form a natural sort of harmony that I find to be aesthetically pleasing.

Let's take a look at flags used by the asafo, a traditional Fante warrior group who live along the coast of Ghana.

Although these flags' designs and the inherent cuteness of their central motifs are appealing, I was most strongly drawn to their use of appliqués, which are sewn on by hand. The curving lines of hand stitching have their own unique characteristics, resulting in soft curves, organic curves and other factors that cannot be achieved through the use of machines. No two works are the same.

This result is completely unique items--their final forms are unpredictable.
I am drawn to a lack of uniformity rather than the presence of it, and I have become quite fascinated with the search for methods of producing such items as part current manufacturing processes.

During the production of goods, inspiration is provided by various countries as well as a wide range of other sources. And just like the flags, these also have their own unique cultures and backgrounds, bringing with them assorted shades of meaning.
I have tried to go beyond these basic concepts, gathering together things that have inspired me in order to create a single collection.

Hiroki Nakamura