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.

"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
(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.

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