11/15/2009

The reception of the Serizawa exhibition in Japan Society

I attended the preview reception of the Serizawa Keisuke exhibition in Japan Society, New York. Many his works were exhibited and worth seeing. Serizawa Keisuke was a Japanese textile designer, designated as a living national treasure for his katazome stencil dyeing technique. He was largely affected by Yanagi Soetsu, called as a father of industrial designers, and became a leading member of the mingei movement founded by Yanagi Soetsu.

It was my pleasure to see kimonos dyed using stencils by Serizawa, which were affected by ryukyu bingatas. I found one kimono with bingata designs. Kumadori, the technique of color gradation for bingata dying, made his works vivid.
Of course eye-catching colors looked impressive, but superior sensitivity as a industrial designer should make his works stereoscopic, if they were worn by somebody.

I also saw calendars and book covers he designed. I felt nostalgic. Old days, I had seen book with such book covers at my grandfather’s room.

I met many wonderful Serizawa’s works. At the same time, I was introduced to the artist who tries to bring new perspective to the traditional culture field. It was a nice meeting with him. In addition, I met a person who has taken care of us after my immigration to New York City. I spent a great time!

Information of the exhibition
Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design
From Friday, October 9 to Sunday, January 17
Japan Society, New York

The photos show scenes of the reception party.



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