An exhibition featuring our work opened November 23 in honor of the 400th anniversary of Rimpa, Japan’s foremost art school. The exhibition features collaborations that facilitate modern market-maker relationships with collaborations between a director, a designer and a craftsperson.



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"Craft and Design | Redefining of the Tradition, Map of Craft"

November 23 through December 4, 2015
Daily from 11:00 –18:00
Closed Sundays
Kyoto Seika University
Gallery Fleur
http://www.kyoto-seika.ac.jp/fleur/
http://takagamine.jp/event/kyoto-seika
(Japanese only)

About the work
The Ripples project consists of four usable plates and aims to find its place between functional craft and fine art. We aimed to achieve a minimalist expression of a natural phenomenon using traditional and modern techniques. The use of 3D printing technology to form the core board required careful human precision, and was then coated using a natural and traditional lacquer technique, urushi, that involves polishing by hand again and again to achieve a near mirror-image reflectivity. The ripples across the water surface signifies premonition of new beginnings.

Team
Designer: Masahiko Tanoue
Artisan: Lio Ishikawa, Ishikawa Urushi Studio
Director: Sachiko Matsuyama, monomo
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