My Chinese Name Stamp

Studio Friday this week: THE MOST UNUSUAL THING!

The most unusual thing in my “studio” (which is my entire home) must be my Chinese name stamp made out of hard wood. I got it in Taipei (on Taiwan) while visiting my friend Inger in 2003. She is moving back to Sweden soon, and I’m so looking forward to that.

My Chinese name stamp
Inger helped me spell my name in Chinese letters, and went with me to a local stamp shop and ordered the little tiny wood block that has my year sign, the dragon on top, and the shop owner hand carved my name at the bottom of it. When we picked it up a day later I also got a little leather bag to keep it in and a small lacquer box with red soft stamp ink. Wooha!

In China and Taiwan everyone used to have one or a couple of different name stamps of their own. They use them to sign official papers instead of a personal signature, and they are very valuable. In Taipei they sell un-carved stamps in every corner, from beautiful expensive stones to these wooden ones in different sizes and models. I could only afford a small one, but I love it so much. And the more art I do, the more I use it everywhere, as my artist sign for example! It is very precious to me, since I love both how I got it (♥ thank you Inger!) and where I use it – and also I love the significance of this little piece of art that has my name on it! That is just amazingly cool to me.

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10 Responses to My Chinese Name Stamp

  1. Catherine says:

    Oooooo I want one! Go you :D

  2. Heather says:

    Oh. My. Gawd. I WANT ONE. No trips to Asia in my near future, however.

  3. Bea says:

    This is so beautiful Hanna! So precious!

  4. Alex says:

    oh thats neat I want to get one! how cool and unusal.

  5. melanie says:

    what a beautiful stamp — very unusual and so personal! thanks for sharing the history of how you got it and what these stamps are traditionally used for — so interesting!

  6. tine says:

    Unusual indeed Hanna but soooo beautiful and you are right, it looks like a little piece of art. :-)
    Wow! What a great thing to have!!!

  7. Marianne says:

    Very beautiful piece of art! Love it!

  8. Capra says:

    What is the name of the red laquer that is carved?

  9. Apples says:

    I have mine done too! The man who carved it came all over from China and had it done in 10 mins~!

  10. zarra says:

    I recently got one from China, but I haven’t quite found out how to lay on the color, so that it spreads evenly on the surface of the stamp…
    maybe need to use a brush

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