business as a stonemason. At the same time, dealt with the metal, which was the love of his life, as he says, until she discovered the pebbles and… immediately fell in love!
â€œSince I was a kid I grew up inside the stone. Take your chisel and carve various images on their surface, although the metal was always very high on my agenda. The pebbles I found out later from a random event. A friend of mine collected them from the beaches and used to make beautiful structures.â€
That’s it! The Hirotoshi Itoh started endless walks on the banks of rivers and shores, collecting pebbles of different sizes. With great patience and perseverance, poking around eye-catching designs on the stones, which refer to objects of everyday use!
Wallets with coins, cards, cans, even a shirt, a dress or a knife, they take â€œflesh and bonesâ€ in the stone, impressing both with the imagination of the artist and with the final result.
â€œMy purpose is to introduce various familiar objects, that we all use in our daily lives, in a clear confrontation with the original shape and hardness of the material,â€ says the artist.