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Inspired Shapes: Contemporary Designs for Japan's Ancient Crafts [Hardcover]

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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.
Light Screen
Susutake Bed
Knife and Fork
Camel Chest
Meditation Stool
Folding Desk
Wood Grain Writing Paper
Folding Screen
Paper Coil Bowl
Iron Kettle
Iron Candlestick
Iron Bookends
Silver Pitcher
Stacked Boxes
Stacked Cups
Pet Bottle

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Item Specifications...

Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.1" Width: 9.1" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 16, 2005
Publisher   Kodansha International
ISBN  4770029500  
ISBN13  9784770029508  

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