'Warrior Maidens' Giclée Print

Most of my print designs feature male characters - a pattern that sometimes feels a little stale. By contrast, it was such a fun experience to redesign these strong young women in a premodern style. Instead of jagged lines, I tried to use smoother, more elegant shapes. I based the costume designs primarily on Chinese myths of the Moon Princess, Chang'e, since the original manga and anime also share the same cultural roots. 

The top left cartouche reads 月星之武, prounounced 'gessei no tsuwamono', which means 'Warriors of the Moon and Stars'.

The bottom right cartouche is inscribed with 

此若者天賦のるハ唯世を護重荷に被潰為耶 正当ならんや 如何ならんや,

and can be read as, 'kono wakamono tenpu no chikara o sazukaru wa tada yo o mamoru omoni ni tsubusareru tame ka, seitō naran ya, ika naran ya'.  A rough translation can be interpreted to mean:

To endow power on these young women,
Only that they may be crushed 
Under the heavy burden of protecting our world,
Is it fair? Is it just?

 

Archival pigments on acid-free handmade Japanese paper.

Every print is signed and sealed by Jed.

Measures 12x17 inches.

This print looks great in a standard 16 x 20 frame (US, Canada) or 40 x 50 cm (everywhere else).
Jed really likes this one for its simple design.
An uncut dark mat board makes a great background to show off the handmade paper's rough edge.

手漉き和紙(耳付き)と顔料絵の具を使用。
各作品に絵師ジェッドのサインと落款付き。
31.75 x 43 cm.
注文後2週間以内に発送予定

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