The Cat and the Mouse
Sep20

The Cat and the Mouse

by devapnek I knew we were in for a visual fest last spring, when we received an invitation to join our friend Masa to visit a temple and garden that is only open to the public for a short time in the spring and autumn. I didn’t know that the visit would prompt a spontaneous game of cat and mouse. Japanese maples surrounding the bell tower It had been a glorious few weeks. A streak of fine weather prolonged sakura season and the...

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Matchmaker, from Fidler on the Roof, Japanese version
Sep19
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Glass artist brings Japanese sensibility to Venetian lace technique: Ushio Konishi
Sep18

Glass artist brings Japanese sensibility to Venetian lace technique: Ushio Konishi

One of Japan’s more established contemporary glass artists, Ushio Konishi, is a world leader in the Venetian lace glass technique. This involves creating glass rods with a ‘lace’ pattern before blowing and shaping the final piece. The rods, also known as glass canes, are made by skillfully and delicately twisting molten glass of different colours, resulting in interwoven filaments running down the centre. The rods are then used to...

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Colorful Flying Koi (carp) at textile event in Tokyo
Sep17

Colorful Flying Koi (carp) at textile event in Tokyo

The largest gallery space in Tokyo (18000 sq. ft.) was recently home to 300 koinobori (carp streamers) designed by Japan’s Reiko Sudo (founder of Nuno Corporation), one of the world’s leading textile designers where the fabric fish powerfully splashed their way through the exhibit. Sudo had been inspired by the traditional annual event of flying Japanese colorful carp flags on Children’s Day when she collaborated...

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Amane Tatsumura  Contemporary Weaving Artist
Sep16

Amane Tatsumura Contemporary Weaving Artist

by Amane Tatsumura, As a child, I used to play in a workshop where some of the world’s most talented weavers sat at wooden looms and created masterpieces. Today, I am a 4th generation weaver in Kyoto. I design and weave one-of-a-kind art pieces. Instead of paints and brushes, I have chosen to make original art with fine silk yarn and an ancient-style hand loom. We call this kind of fabric Nishiki. It is considered to be the most...

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Shifting Rhthyms: The Sculpted Moments of Shoko KOIKE
Sep14

Shifting Rhthyms: The Sculpted Moments of Shoko KOIKE

By Joan B. Mirviss The third solo exhibition of celebrated artist, Shoko KOIKE will be held at Joan B Mirviss LTD. September 11 – October 19, 2018 Joan B Mirviss LTD 39 E 78 Street, New York, NY 10075 Shoko KOIKE (b. 1943) has always taken inspiration from nature, especially from the sea and plants. Swirling shell-like shapes and rising large leafed-vessels are punctuated in their recessed bases with puddled crystallized blue...

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