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Kimono as Art ❴Reading❵ ➸ Kimono as Art Author Dale Carolyn Gluckman – Thomashillier.co.uk This lavishly illustrated book showcases fifty five masterworks by Japanese kimono artist Itchiku Kubota Initially determined to unlock the secrets of dyed and painted Japanese textiles of the fourt This lavishly illustrated book showcases fifty five masterworks by Japanese kimono artist Itchiku Kubota Initially determined to unlock the secrets of dyed and painted Japanese textiles of the fourteenth to early seventeenth centuries, Kubota ultimately invented a unique Kimono as eBook ☆ method of decoration His work combines stitch resist and ink drawing with a complex layering of color to achieve hauntingly beautiful landscapes with richly textured surfaces and an impressionistic rendering of nature never before seen in the textile artsAlthough Kubota produced kimono for Japanese celebrities, his primary endeavor was the creation of a series of monumental kimonos intended only for display Mount Fuji, Universe, and the thirty four piece Symphony of Light are his most important series The latter two are intended to be shown sequentially, much like the panels of a Japanese screen or decorated sliding doors This entirely new approach to the use of the kimono as a vehicle for pictorial imagery has enabled Kubota s work to reach beyond the traditional boundaries of the single garment and elevated his work to installation artThis book accompanies a touring exhibition and features essays by Dale Carolyn Gluckman, Asian textile specialist and former costumes and textile curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Hollis Goodall, curator of Japanese art at LACMA, as well as an interview with Mr Kubota s son and artistic heir, Itchiku Kubota II, by Derrick Cartwright, Director of the San Diego Museum of Art.


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  1. Jennifer (JC-S) Jennifer (JC-S) says:

    Landscapes in silk Itchiku Kubota 1917 2003 learned the art of dyeing as an apprentice During a visit to the Tokyo National Museum at the age of 20, he was inspired by seeing a 350 year old silk remnant of the lost art of tsujigahana a fabric dyeing and decorating technique During World War II, Kubota was taken prisoner and was a prisoner of war in a Siberian camp until 1951 After his release, he devoted himself to trying to find the secret behind the tsujigahana technique Unfortunately Landscapes in silk Itchiku Kubota 1917 2003 learned the art of dyeing as an apprentice During a visit to the Tokyo National Museum at the age of 20, he was inspired by seeing a 350 year old silk remnant of the lost art of tsujigahana a fabric dyeing and decorating technique During World War II, Kubota was taken prisoner and was a prisoner of war in a Siberian camp until 1951 After his release, he devoted himself to trying to find the secret behind the tsujigahana technique Unfortunately, there appear to be no surviving instructions explaining how to reproduce the complex techniques used in tsujigahana By 1977 he developed his own method, which he called Itchiku Tsujigahana Kubota s method used contemporary silk fabric chirimen and synthetic dyes instead of the nerinuki fabric which is no longer woven, and natural dyes used in tsujigahana.Itchiku Kubota used a complex process of layering dyes, inks and embroidery on an eight foot kimono Some of his creations have had up to 40 dye baths, and a single kimono can take as long as one year to create.While Itchiku Kubota did produce kimonos for individuals, his primary focus was on the creation of a series of kimonos intended for display This book contains beautiful photographs of fifty five works, including Symphony of Light series, as well as of his Mount Fuji series and some other pieces.Because the kimono shape and size is standard in each piece, it frames the beauty and showcases the techniques used The dyeing such beautiful, vibrant colours combines with reflective property of silk to create beautiful, richly textured landscapes.A friend, who had recently visited the Itchiku Kubota Kimono Museum in Japan, lent me her copy of this book I hope one day to visit the Museum myself The Symphony of Light series is not yet complete The museum, which opened in 1994, is now directed by Itchiku Kobota s son, and the Itchiku Atelier is still creating kimonos according to the designs that remained uncompleted when Itchiku Kobota died.This book was published to accompany a touring exhibition, and gives some history and overview as well as glorious colour photographs of fifty five separate pieces Those who enjoy and or create textile art will appreciate and be inspired by these kimonos.Jennifer Cameron Smith


  2. Phoenix Phoenix says:

    I stumbled upon Itchiku Kubota s work when I saw this book come up repeatedly in mysearches for kimono fashion I decided to google his name and my breath was taken away by his masterpieces in textile art Itchiku Kubota was a kimono designer who apprenticed from an early age He was a siberian POW and got inspired to do his ichigahana series Symphonies of Light when he returned to post war Japan He reinvented and updated the old resist dyeing technique of 14th century Japan in his mo I stumbled upon Itchiku Kubota s work when I saw this book come up repeatedly in mysearches for kimono fashion I decided to google his name and my breath was taken away by his masterpieces in textile art Itchiku Kubota was a kimono designer who apprenticed from an early age He was a siberian POW and got inspired to do his ichigahana series Symphonies of Light when he returned to post war Japan He reinvented and updated the old resist dyeing technique of 14th century Japan in his monumental works and his studio, built across the lake viewing Mount Fuji, is a work of art in its own right as well.Everything about this book is lovingly put together It perfectly compliments and informs the reader on this gifted artist s lifework It was very hard for me to bring this book back to the library not just because I wanted to own it , but also because it had been such a long time since I d found an artist that truly inspired me in both his work and as a person We truly lost a great talent


  3. Kate Coombs Kate Coombs says:

    I fell in love with Itchiku Kubota s work years ago and have been trying to get my hands on the book that went with his exhibit of landscape kimonos ever since well, there s a new book out based on a new exhibit Itchiku Kubota spent 20 years refining a 17th century silk dying technique and then set out to portray the seasons and moments of nature s beauty in a grand series of kimonos Here s his story, along with photos of the pieces he completed Wow


  4. Lesley Looper Lesley Looper says:

    Wow, what a fascinating and beautiful book I loved looking at the artwork of the kimonos, with their incredible depictions of the seasons The color is amazing I appreciated the close up shots that showcased the embroidery I d never heard of Itchiku Kubota until this book came through my department at work What a treat


  5. Laura Laura says:

    Kubota s kimono are technically amazing Some of his designs are gorgeous I loved the subtle colors of his snow scenes but many of his designs are too bright for me and border on looking like tie dye or a 1990s neo hippie quilt.


  6. Lorie Lorie says:

    This looks so amazing, can t wait to get into it..Amazing dedication to art and technique I would so like to see one of his creations in person Well worth reading if you enjoy traditional Japanese craft and technique.


  7. Peter Peter says:

    Incredibly lavish This isn t a book you read so much a treasure and return every so often, for peace and inspiration.


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