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
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.
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.
Shirakawa-go is a small, traditional village known for its building style gasshō-zukuri. It is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
Gujo Hachiman attracts many visitors for the dancefestival "Gujo Odori". The festival started over 400 years ago and continues today. During the four days of Obon in mid-August, dances continue all night.
In Gujo-Hachiman is the factory where they make food replicas. Throughout Japan you will see many of them decorating the windows of restaurants. They provide information about the dishes.
The studio is located behind one of the old houses along the Edo-period street. It's really special being able to spend three months in an old setting. Inside the old house is a kitchen and a tatami-mat room.
At the gallery one can see the many different kinds of lanterns made by past participants of the annual Mino Washi Akari Art Festival. The lanterns are made of Mino washi paper. For the Mino Washi Akari Art Festival 2013 I made the lantern "Outside" with very thin Japanese colored paper called "tengujoushi".