Thursday, March 1, 2012

March pleasure




Welcome to March. I have a small treasure to share with you today.
Takeshi Nishijima (1929-2003) was a professor of art at Kyoto University and a graphic and textile designer who exhibited in numerous one man shows and won the coveted Grand Prize at the Kyoto Art Exhibit. He was associated with Haruo Kuriyama of the Wazome Kogei company, which was probably the publisher of his katazome calendars. Kuriyama was also a friend of Keisuke Serizawa, the best known katazome artist, who produced calendars annually beginning in 1946.
The larger folio calendars of both Serizawa and Nishijima were katazome on paper, like my work on fabric. The smaller calendars were wood block or silkscreened from the same designs. I have three little Nishijima calendars from the 1970s, bought at a small gift shop in Corvallis, plus many Serizawa mini calendars and a few folios bought used. After Serizawa died the calendars continued to be made from his designs. The Nishijima calendars were only made for a few years. I love Nishijima’s imagery and would adore finding a folio someday.
The Kuriyama workshop is the very same one I spent several days in when I was in Japan in 2010, the one remaining katazome textile production workshop in Kyoto. What a privilege for me to have been there. 

10 comments:

kit said...

Thank you for this interesting bit of information - I have also appreciated the Nishijima images very much - I have seen them on Ebay occasionally. Would like to go to Kuriyama workshop in Kyoto some day!

melinda heal said...

I love the calendars by Serizawa, I didn't realize Nishijima Takeshi had also produced some of his own. Thank you for sharing this image! What a colourful design.
I have just tried dyeing washi myself and would love to make a calendar of my own sometime.

Karen Miller said...

Wish I knew how to get eBay to tell me when one comes up for sale.

custom made evening dresses said...

Thank you for this interesting bit of information - I have also appreciated the Nishijima images very much - I have seen them on Ebay occasionally. Would like to go to Kuriyama workshop in Kyoto some day!

Adel said...

March is the month of graduation and summer is starting it is really a special month for me!

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Anonymous said...

Lovely calendar!

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