You know that feeling when you are reading blogs and then you follow a link, to another link and then you land on something so fabulous and you think, “Now why have a I never seen this before?!”
This is what happened when I followed a link on Cicada Daydream’s blog to a link to the Japan Society and came upon the work of the late Japanese textile designer (and painter, illustrator) Keisuke Serizawa (1895-1984). I immediately fell in love with his work, attracted by the rich palette of colours (using natural dyes), but also the folk art motifs and bold graphics and – because I am no expert in Art or Design – it simply made me happy to look upon his work!
Pattern Imitating Glaze Dripping Down the Side of a Jar, 1961. Credit.
Flowers, 1940. Credit.
Mandala of the Four Season, 1971. Credit.
Seabream, 1964. Credit.
Two panels of Views of Okinawan, 1948. Credit.
Japanese Symbols, 1960s. Credit.
Keisuke Serizawa was designated as a “Living National Treasure” for his katazome stencil dyeing technique in 1956 by the Emperor of Japan. He became a leading artist of the ‘Mingei‘ art movement, which in Japanese generally means folk art. His work can be found on kimonos, paper prints, wall scrolls, folding screens, curtains, fans and calendars.
I understand that some of his work has been reproduced into calendars and I found an example of the 2008 calendar via Apartment Therapy:
. . . but I have also found out that the 2010 Keisuke Serizawa calendar is sold out!!! Bummer. Soaking in the beauty of his work via the internet will have to do for now I guess :-)
Hope these samples of his work brought a smile to your face too. Wishing you all a reinvigorating weekend!!