Sunday, 20 December 2009
Friday, 30 October 2009
We've confirmed class dates with the hotel for April and October next year - details over on the Gallery. See you there?
Sunday, 23 August 2009
A boys kimono decorated with fans (picture courtesy of Ichiroya)Hiōgi - these types of folding fans are most frequently made from strips of cypress wood. They were the official imperial court fan right through until the 19th century. They are made with about 30 or so wooden 'blades' which are held together with a rivet at the base and either cords or ribbons at the top. These fans were highly decorated and the guard sticks of the fans used by the Empress would be decked with artificial flowers and long flowing cords.
Wedding kimono from Ichiroya decorated with representations of hiōgi fans
Suehiro (wide ended) fans were created in the 15th century and used paper on both sides of the fan sticks, technical problems created by incorporating paper on two sides created the wide ended shape but the shape proved popular and eventually was created deliberately.
Kimono from Ichiroya decorated with suehiro fans
Suehiro - stitched by Carol-Anne Conway, design copyright of JEC
The technical problem of incorporating two leaves of paper was solved also by developing bombori type fans. In this type the guard sticks are formed to bend sharply inwards, when closed this gives the shape of fans we in the west would easily recognise. These fans are often described as suehiro as well.
If you'd like to find out more about Japanese fans there is a wonderful book called Ōgi, A History of the Japanese Fan, by Julia Hutt and Helene Alexander. It has lots of detailed information and wonderful photographs. ISBN 1-872357-08 3
There are loads of websites out there where you can find out more and also buy fans, here are three to get you started.
The Fan Museum, Greenwich
Lifstyle Japan - article on Uchiwa
Video of fan making from You Tube
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Pinks - from an antique design book
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
Friday, 27 March 2009
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
Friday, 16 January 2009
Silk noren curtain dyed with yuzen technique - courtesy of Ichiroya
Takasago, the legend of the devoted couple is very famous. Their images are often portrayed at weddings, anniversaries, and New Year celebrations. Takasago is the location of the tale, the old man, Jou, and the old woman Uba. In life they are deeply devoted and when they pass away within moments of each other their spirits are transformed into pine trees.
Embroidered fukusa using silk and metallic threads - own collection
It's very simply embroidered using metallic and silk threads. Some padding is used under parts of the trunk and the metallic threads are couched using red silk. The pine needles are stitched very simply with twisted thread in long stitches.
I think the metallic thread must be silver threads, synthetic metallic thread wouldn't have been available when this was stitched, but they have tarnished over the years and now they are a wonderful silvery grey.
The bamboo leaves are stitched using a twisted silk thread. The twisted threads below the bamboo leaves forming the ground are formed from various shades of green twisted together and then couched.
Along side Uba's broom is a fan showing the rising sun. Fans are also auspicious symbols and will form the basis for a post all of their own.