KYOTO SERIES
A self-produced mini series of portraits shedding light on the handmade works of four traditional Japanese Takumis (artisans). As I tour their workshops and delve into their creative worlds, snippets of various Japanese atmospheres are weaved into their story, giving resonance to their art and subtly anchoring it in the particular microcosm that is Kyoto.

 

 EPISODE #1 TAKESHI - THE ART OF KATAGAMI

Kyoto, October 2018.

50 years perfecting Katagami handmade paper stencils, Takeshi Nishimura is considered a Takumi - a master artisan of traditional Japanese crafts. With a contagious laugh, and glistening, mirthful black eyes, he welcomed us with tea and matcha cakes in his authentic tenebruous, wooden workshop to lay before our eyes a selection of his paper works.

nishimura-yuzen-chokoku.com

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EPISODE #2 MITSURU - THE TATAMI MASTER

Kyoto, October 2018.

Tatamis are the soft, compact straw paddings you tred on when penetrating into sacred places. Tarry smells of metal and dried rice straw hover in the air as we a take a walk around Mitsuru Yokoyama's handmade tatami workshop. It is nestled in a warehouse in the Northern part of Kyoto. On this little tour with the expert artisan we get a glimpse of the finest details and techniques of this age-old yet increasingly modernised craft.

https://www.yokoyamatatami.com/

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EPISODE #3 JULIE&HIROSHI - ISHI BOOK

Kyoto, October 2018.

'Ishi', in Japanese, stands for 'intention, purpose'. Blending together their unique know-hows as a book-binder and paper expert (Julie Auzillon, FR), and as a skilled contemporary calligrapher (Ueta Hiroshi, JP), the daring duo designed an experimental objet d'art that calls for a tactile interaction: the book is an experience altogether.It leaves its imprint in the space it occupies in your mind and wherever it is propped.

https://julieauzillon.com

http://uetahiroshi.kyo2.jp/

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EPISODE #4 TOMOAKI, YOKO & ISABELLE - ITOYO PROJECT

Kyoto, October 2018.

The odd bed partners: traditional nail-weaving, Tsuzure-Ori, and ceramics.

ITOYO is an artistic dialogue between two cultures and antipodal know-hows: ceramic (Isabelle Poupinel, FR) and silk nail-weaving tapestry (Tomoaki & Yoko Katsuyama, JP). In a feat of prowess, this collaborative work defies both industries' conventions by designing a work of art built on one shared characteristic: transparency. Challenging the properties of clay and fabric, alongside revisiting the Obi (the traditional Kimono belt), ITOYO represents a poetic attempt to harmonise contradictory forces: the heavy and the light, the hard and the soft, modernity and tradition.

www.isabelle-poupinel.com

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