Author: Anna Jackson
Publisher: Victoria & Albert Museum
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
This illustrated volume presents highlights from the Victoria & Albert Museum's extensive collection of Japanese textiles and dress. Ranging from embroidered kimono and woven actor's robes to the indigo-dyed textiles of rural Japan, this book explores the various patterning techniques that have been employed by Japanese textile artists from the seventeenth century to the present day. The richness and variety of the textiles are conveyed by the specially commissioned photographs, which include images of garments, bedding covers, gift covers, doorway curtains, decorative hangings, fabric lengths and samples. Offering a wealth of inspiration to contemporary designers, this book provides an introduction to a vibrant cultural tradition, and should appeal to anyone interested in textiles or Japanese art and design.
Author: Sunny Yang
Publisher: Japan Publications
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Antiques & Collectibles
The Japanese have traditionally viewed textiles as an embodiment of not only beauty but also family heirlooms and repositories of history, making the study of Japanese fabric a door into another culture, another people, another time. In Textile Art of Japan, Sunny Yang and Rochelle Narasin venture through that door, inviting the reader to follow them. They start with a brief but informative history of those most typical forms of Japanese dress, the kimono and the obi, and then move on to introduce the techniques of dyeing, weaving, and needlework that distinguish Japanese textiles, discussing their traditions, practical methods, and use on different types of fabrics. This richly illustrated volume, with over 200 color illustrations, is the perfect introduction to the subject of Japanese textiles. It includes examples of modern Japanese fabrics made according to or by adapting traditional methods, and shows them used in innovative ways: in quilts, screens, cushions, and hats. A list of museums all over Japan with fine fabric collections and a selected bibliography are helpful additions to this beautiful book.
Author: Keisuke Serizawa
Publisher: Yale University Press
Release Date: 2009
Designated a Living National Treasure in 1956, Serizawa Keisuke (1895–1984) was one of the greatest artists of 20th-century Japan. This is the first book in English to trace Serizawa's artistic biography in detail using the finest examples of his work from leading Japanese collections. A major exponent of the mingei (people’s crafts) movement, Serizawa achieved fame as a textile designer using traditional stencil-dyeing techniques and often working in large-scale formats such as folding screens or kimonos. The stunning works in this catalogue are important not only for the originality of their conception, but also for the variety of their materials: cotton, silk, hemp and a range of other fibers, and paper decorated with the brilliant yet warm hues of vegetable dyes. Dramatic in design, Serizawa’s textiles have an expressive power that far transcends expectations of a “craft” medium.
Author: Penny Sparke
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
Release Date: 2009
This is the story of Japanese design, told through works selected from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York.The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and 5 Continents Editions present a new series dedicated to industrial and graphic design. Each volume, beautifully designed and with superbly printed reproductions, offers an overview of a single country's design achievements and illustrates its particular design history and aesthetic, showcasing prominent architects and designers through exemplary works drawn from MoMA's unmatched collection. Each volume contains an introduction by Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, and an illustrated essay by a distinguished design critic, accompanied by a visual timeline of significant events and a comprehensive bibliography.Japanese designers' special ability to combine aesthetic tradition with contemporary visual culture and material innovation has created a distinctive and exceptionally successful design industry in Japan, which has produced such divergent icons of modern design as Sori Yanagi's Butterfly Stool, the Sony Walkman, the Honey-Pop Armchair, by Tokujin Yoshioka, and the Toyota Prius. This book traces the development of Japanese design from the country's craft revival in the early twentieth century to the extraordinary objects of high technology that have been a specialty of Japanese designers since midcentury. Paola Antonelli's lively introduction provides an overview of Japan's design culture; an essay and timeline by Penny Sparke illuminate the masterpieces of modern Japanese design that are superbly reproduced in the volume's plate section.
Author: Helen Minnich
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Release Date: 2012-11-13
With dozens of photographs and expertly written text, this Japanese clothing book is the authoritative guide on the kimono. Japanese Costume invites the reader to explore the world of Japan’s textile arts and costume decoration—from its origins in legendary times, through its brilliant development in the intervening centuries, to its emergence into the modern era. The book which is the first in English to present the full sweep of Japanese achievement in the costume arts, is essential the story of the kimono and its evolution. The text is accompanied by a generous selection of fine illustrations and photographs: 54 in full color, 119 in black and white, and 12 line drawings. They include not only pictures from contemporary sources—such as the picture scrolls and woodblock prints— but also photographs of kimono masterpieces and representative textiles.
Author: Bonnie F. Abiko
Publisher: Oakland University
Release Date: 1995-10
This catalog accompanied an exhibition of Japanese indigo dyed shibori from the town of Arimatsu where this tradition of textile design began in the early 17th century. These works are superbly represented in 40 pages of 101 color plates covering each of the 52 historical kimono exhibited, in addition to works by contemporary shibori artists Kozo Takeda & Hiroko Harada, 19th century wood block prints depicting Arimatsu & shibori by Ando Hiroshige & other artists, a contextual map of Arimatsu, & views of the town today. Catalog essays include a history of the town & the textile art it produced written by Kozo Takeda, 15th generation descendant of one of the founders of Arimatsu, & presently the leading figure in Japanese shibori. Hiroko Harada, shibori historian, teacher & artist from Aichi Prefecture, close to the town of Arimatsu, has contributed her thoughts on the special place of indigo within Japanese culture, & Mary Lou Maxson, veteran amateur collector of Japanese textiles, has provided an overview of indigo-dyed shibori in the context of Japanese textiles. In a section of Plate Commentaries, Kozo Takeda has specifically described each of the textiles, & Hiroko Harada has added sketches of various techniques used in these works for those who would like to experiment in reproducing these designs. To order: Meadow Brook Art Gallery, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309-4401, phone: 810-370-3005.
Over the past 40 years, Japanese designers have led the way in aligning fashion with art and ideology, as well as addressing identity and social politics through dress. They have demonstrated that both creative and commercial enterprise is possible in today's international fashion industry, and have refused to compromise their ideals, remaining autonomous and independent in their design, business affairs and distribution methods. The inspirational Miyake, Yamamoto and Kawakubo have gained worldwide respect and admiration and have influenced a generation of designers and artists alike. Based on twelve years of research, this book provides a richly detailed and uniquely comprehensive view of the work of these three key designers. It outlines their major contributions and the subsequent impact that their work has had upon the next generation of fashion and textile designers around the world. Designers discussed include: Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, Naoki Takizawa, Dai Fujiwara, Junya Watanabe, Tao Kurihara, Jun Takahashi, Yoshiki Hishinuma, Junichi Arai, Reiko Sudo & the Nuno Corporation, Makiko Minagawa, Hiroshi Matsushita, Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Walter Beirendonck, Dirk Bikkembergs, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Helmut Lang.
The first book to examine pattern as an essential part of twentieth-century design history is now available in paperback. Organized by decade, Twentieth-Century Pattern Design details the technical innovations that affected the development of modern textiles and wallpapers. With stunning color plates and lively text, Lesley Jackson takes readers on a tour of the development of twentieth-century patterns from around the world. Focusing on surface pattern in the home, Jackson draws frequent parallels to the worlds of fashion, packaging, and graphics and explores the interrelationship between painting and pattern design. The result is a book that is as inspiring as it is informative.Twentieth-Century Pattern Design is an invaluable resource for modern design enthusiasts and historians, collectors, and interior and graphic designers.
Author: Cara McCarty
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
Release Date: 1998-01-01
The innovative aesthetics and practices of Japanese textile designers have had an impact on fabrics, fashion and interior design throughout the world. Many examples are illustrated here with details of materials and techniques used.