• This is the latest creation by Randi Parkhurst, Tansu Gothic.  It measures 15″ W x 25″ T x 6″ D.  It is made with over 300 handmade hardware pieces and over 800 metal brads.  This structure was made with paper, hand painted by the artist. It took 8 months to draw, make models and finish this structure. It consists of 6 boxes, 11 drawers and 2 piano hinged doors. Japanese tansu cabinetry is the influence for this piece. Inside the compartments, drawers and boxes are handmade books containing historical facts, drawings and stories about tansu cabinetry. Copyright 2014 by Randi Parkhurst. All rights reserved.

  • Patience is a multi-book and multi-box structure. Its 19 books nest inside each other like Chinese puzzle boxes. Every cubbyhole hides an unusual surprise. In order to appreciate this piece, a video had to be made. The video features Randi Parkhurst, opening, displaying  and uncovering its hidden treasures, one by one.  http://vimeo.com/7694315
    Video by Glowing Heads, Olympia, WA. Music provided by Laura Inserra.

Introducing Tansu Gothic

Tansu Gothic Copyright 2014 by Randi Parkhurst. All rights reserved.

15″W x 25″T x 6″D Made with mat board, all papers painted with acrylic by the artist, PVA adhesive, over 300 handmade pieces of hardware, over 800 metal brads, ribbon, linen thread, beads, wire, book cloth, matte medium, gesso, acrylic, pigment, bamboo skewers. This piece features 6 boxes with pyramid lids and spires, 11 drawers, 2 compartments with piano-hinge doors. Inside these spaces are books about tansu cabinetry, a tiny abacus, stories and other tansu artifacts. It took 3 months to draw the idea, 1 month to make a full-scale model and 8 months to build the final piece.