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Inspired Design: Japan's Traditional Arts [Hardcover]

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Almost every visitor to Japan finds him/herself fascinated by locally manufactured objects, perhaps a pair of chopsticks that cleverly employs the node of a bamboo stem, a box of matches with bold calligraphy, or an artistic arrangement of steppingstones in the garden of a temple. These designs reveal a unique genius unlike anything that is seen elsewhere. The Japanese artisan seems to have an uncanny knack of being able to look at basic materials: clay, fabric or metal, and imagine what can be made of them, in a way that is markedly different from the way that they are looked at in other countries. Inspired Design covers the whole range of traditional crafts made in Japan, both historic and contemporary. Starting with a description of the land of Japan, stretching from Siberian forests (Hokkaido Island) to the sub-tropical islands of Okinawa, and its natural materials: animal, vegetable and mineral, the book describes how Japanese artisans have used these raw materials to make a vast variety of

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Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.18" Width: 9.76" Height: 1.42"
Weight:   5.03 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 10, 2006
Publisher   5 Continents Editions
ISBN  8874390416  
ISBN13  9788874390410  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > Asian
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > General
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For all persons interested in Japanese traditional art  Sep 24, 2007
Michael Dunn's vast knowledge and expertise of Japanese applied arts takes the reader on a unique journey of image and space. Rich in sophistication and full of vivid photos, Dunn writes about the Japanese sense of simplicity. The selected works represent a glimpse of Japanese treasures often kept from public view, thereby making Inspired Design a book that must be read by anyone interested in understanding the history and tradition of Japanese artistic expression. Tremendous effort was taken to show how applied arts have evolved as Japanese craftsmen refined their techniques. It is an exquisite book appropriate for the novice as well as those possessing deep knowledge of Japan.

David Wagner
Tokyo Japan
September 2007

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