In 2013 I was 'Artist in Residence' in the beautiful village of Mino in Japan. This AiR came to a halt in 2016, but still offers assistance to self-funded artists.
This year a special exhibition showcases handmade paper Etegami works by past participants of the Mino Artist in Residence. My picture letter will be among more than 50 other Etegami art works.
Etegami (e means picture and tegami means letter/ message) consists of a simple drawing accompanied by a few words on a postcards to be mailed to one’s friends.
If you are in Japan, try to take a detour and visit Mino, known for its quality handmade paper and Edo-period streets with 'udatsu' roofs. And please feel welcome to enjoy the many beautiful Etegami at studio Yoshida
Dates: Wed. 21 March – Sun. 25 March
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Place: Studio Yoshida (next to former Imai Residence)
2017 started with a visit to the studio of the amazing artist Ichiro Kikuta in Okinawa. During this trip I photographed vending machines what became the subject of my paintings 'Japanese vending machine'. In Mino, famous for its traditional handmade paper, I had the opportunity to help craftsman and papermaker Senda Takanori with getting the fibers ready. My makura byoubu and lantern were part of the Paper New Year exhibition at Gallery Yoshida. During the exhibition I assisted in a workshop to make origami 'hashi oki', chopstick rests made from paper.
Feel welcome to visit the picturesque city Mino and hop inside Studio Yoshida to view colourful works made from Mino paper. My byoubu 'Fall no. 2' will be on display which I've made during my Artist in Residence in Mino in 2013.
Dates: 16 Sat. ~ 18 Mon. July 10:00 – 16:00
Place: Studio Yoshida (next to former Imai House Museum)
Workshop: Free (Original Wind Bell Making)
Thank you for reading my blog. If you're in Japan, please visit the 'Washi no noren' exhibition. My paper curtain 'Blue-and-white flycatcher' together with many other beautiful noren (traditional Japanese curtain) will be on display at the Yoshida Studio in Mino. The dates are April 30 and May 15-16 2016. Enjoy Spring in Japan!
If you're in the Netherlands you can view my linocut 'Konbini no. 1' at Galerie Iroha in Dordrecht.
My "Blue-and-white flycatcher" washi noren hangs in the beautiful historical center of Mino city. This exhibition is a celebration of the traditional Mino washi papermaking technique being listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
In 2013 I went to Mino for an Artist in Residence, where I stayed with a lovely family. In 1997 this Mino Artist in Residence project started, and this year all invited artists have designed a unique washi noren.
Photo's by Takaaki Otsuka
This year I went to Mino for the second time to follow a 5- days paper making workshop at the Mino Washi Traditional Paper Museum. Our teacher Ichihara Toshiko-sensei, a professional Mino Washi papermaker, taught us the process of making Mino washi. We spent most of the time making large-sized washi. I was interviewed by the"Chunichi Shimbun" about why I follow this workshop and my admiration and use of Mino washi paper. The photo shows me taking out the dark and hard bits (chiritori) from the fibers.
Thank you everyone for coming to the opening. It was such a nice day! The wonderful singing performance by Mari Fuji really moved me. With Chiemi Fukumori's dance in unison they were fantastic! Thank you very much! I hope to see your performance again somewhere in the Netherlands or maybe..Japan?
During the opening I talked about the importance of esthetics in my art and the influence of Japanese art and architecture. Furthermore I explained some of my prints taking different approaches. Since I went to Japan last year as Artist in Residence at the Itsukaichi Printstudio I mostly made prints. At the moment I am searching for a more "poetic" way of expressing light by using Japanese pigments. Also I am adding more elements of nature into my paintings. A begin has already been made in the diptych prints 'Shoji Window'.
The day ended with a Workshop Shodo (calligraphy) by Chiemi Fukumori. Enthusiastically she told us about the Japanese characters 'Kanji' and the way of writing. I was surprised to hear about the strokes inside the kanji 'wind' (Japanese: 風) meaning 'worm'.
If you didn't have the chance to come to the opening; my paintings, prints and paper boxes will be in Wunderkammer until the 21st of August. For other questions, please leave a message.
Solo Exhibition 'Gloss Over'
Where: Wunderkammer, Kanaalstraat 149a, Amsterdam
Date: July 12th - August 21st.
Printmaking Studio Itsukaichi is located on a mountain nearby a shrine. The building is a former townhall. On the ground floor are press-machines, hand presses and many tools. On the first floor are the living quarters where I stayed with two Japanese printmakers: Miki Hatakeyama (silkscreen, woodcut and lithograph) and Ayumi Anzai (lithograph). You can view the works I made at the printmakingstudio here.
After Mino I not only came to love Japanese paper, I also very much enjoyed the process of how to make paper. Naturally I got excited when I learned about a paper making workshop just a few kilometres from the printmaking studio. Here are some photos of us making Gundo paper