Item description for Inspired Shapes: Contemporary Designs for Japan's Ancient Crafts by Mizuho Kuwata Ori Koyama...
The movement to bring contemporary sensibilities to Japan's traditional crafts-in stunning photographs and inspiring words. Inspired Shapes is the first book to showcase the work of today's innovative Japanese craftspeople who are striving to keep their crafts viable, yet compatible with modern lifestyles and aesthetics. Author Ori Koyama searched throughout Japan to find the artists and works most representative of the movement. What she found was truly inspiring: craftspeople, young and old, male and female, embracing the challenge of bringing new ideas and ways of thinking into harmony with tradition-often with startling results. They work in bamboo, glass, wood, paper, lacquer, metal, textiles, grasses, vines and earth. The one thing they all share is their commitment to their work. The book is organized by medium: each section discusses a specific material and its relationship to Japanese tradition. The works themselves are presented in exquisite photographs by Mizuho Kuwata and complemented by illuminating descriptions and explanations, often in the words of the artists themselves. Inspired Shapes is not only a book about design, but a book about heritage and creativity. It celebrates fine workmanship, vibrant life and the need for both tradition and change. BAMBOO Light Screen Susutake Bed Knife and Fork Baskets WOOD Camel Chest Meditation Stool Folding Desk TEXTILE Norens Tapestry Cushions PAPER Lamps Wood Grain Writing Paper Folding Screen Paper Coil Bowl METAL Iron Kettle Iron Candlestick Iron Bookends Silver Pitcher LACQUER Stacked Boxes Stacked Cups Pet Bottle PLUS GLASS GRASSES VINES EARTH
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.1" Width: 9.1" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 16, 2005
Publisher Kodansha International
ISBN 4770029500 ISBN13 9784770029508