My paintings are a personal documentation of places I have been. For the three makura byoubu I chose the Edo-streets of Mino as starting-point. During my walks through the streets, taking photos, it's then I noticed how the modern buildings mingle with the traditional buildings. This mingling with modern buildings is the main image of the three makura byoubu.
The makura byoubu exists of two joined panels. Standing in front of the panels, the distance to where the panels are joined is the biggest. Perspective is not a subject in my artwork, but this feature made it a nice experiment. The result is an untypical image of the Edo-streets of Mino. I have painted places easy to overlook between the traditional buildings. The colored paper I made during this workshop plays part in the composition and use of colors of the paint.
Makura byoubu is a pillow screen. This type of byoubu is put next to the pillow to protect from drafts, to put clothes and accessories on and to give some privacy when used in a ryokan.
I am interested in traditional Japanese architecture and did some research on the use of paper in interiors. Today the most known screen is probably the one used at tea- ceremonies. I hardly found any information about makura byoubu. Fortunately Ichihara-san could tell me more about its' history. What I find so fascinating about the makura byoubu is that it's quite unthinkable to lie so close near a painting, sleeping next to it. It made me think about what kind of painting one would want to sleep next to.. and what kind of painting not.
View here the installation displayed at the Mino Washi Museum
Along the Nagara river in Gifu-shi many skeleton boats were being adorned this weekend. Each boat representing a city from Gifu-ken. Yoshiro Igarashi made the design for the Mino-boat. In 2007 Igarashi-san was invited to be artist in residence in Mino. In 2008 and 2009 he was special participant and since then Art Director of the Mino Paper Art Village Project.
With a small team of paper enthusiasts, we covered the boat with Mino washi paper. The number 3 on top of the boat can be read as "mi" in Japanese (kun yomi). The meaning of "mi" in Mino actually means "beautiful". No means "deep" or "concentrated".
I was looking forward to today, because we would make large colored papers! For my final artwork at the Mino Washi Museum, I want to paint on colored Mino paper, preferably one I make myself. The idea is to make a painting in which the colors of the paint relate to the colors of the colored paper.
I was a little nervous, because the size of the large paper just matches the size of the panels of the Makura byoubu. I need the width of the Makura byoubu to be the same as the width of a tatami-mat. There are three standard sizes used for tatami-mats, but they differ only a few centimeters.
Each artist was able to make two large sized papers. It took a lot of time to make just one paper. We were dependent on one another: throwing the pulp at the same time into the frame, getting rid of excess water, putting it on the heating element etc. It was very nice to do and I was satisfied with the outcome.
Today and the day after I would continue using the technique of putting cut-out papers between two sheets of paper. I had cut many rectangles and was able to make 16 compositions within the timeframe. We were all hyped, because the chance of making Japanese paper is low. The last two photos are the same paper but one held before a lightsource. With the upcoming Mino Akari Art Festival in mind I was thinking about how to use these papers.
During this workshop you learn how to make a standard sheet of paper and two other kinds of paper. The proces of making a standard sheet is basis for making the others.
With ready-cut out papers you can "decorate" your paper. You do this by placing the cut-out papers on top of the first sheet of paper and cover it with a second sheet of paper.
The second kind of paper is a structured paper. On top of the sheet of paper you put a metal grid. From more than 150 cm up high you spray water on the paper. Naturally the paper becomes more thin within the grid.