Inspired Design: Japan's Traditional Arts

Inspired Design: Japan's Traditional Arts

by Michael Dunn
     
 

Almost every visitor to Japan finds him/herself fascinated by locally manufactured objects, perhaps a pair of chopsticks that cleverly employs the node of a bamboo stem, a box of matches with bold calligraphy, or an artistic arrangement of steppingstones in the garden of a temple. These designs reveal a unique genius unlike anything that is seen elsewhere. The

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Almost every visitor to Japan finds him/herself fascinated by locally manufactured objects, perhaps a pair of chopsticks that cleverly employs the node of a bamboo stem, a box of matches with bold calligraphy, or an artistic arrangement of steppingstones in the garden of a temple. These designs reveal a unique genius unlike anything that is seen elsewhere. The Japanese artisan seems to have an uncanny knack of being able to look at basic materials: clay, fabric or metal, and imagine what can be made of them, in a way that is markedly different from the way that they are looked at in other countries. Inspired Design covers the whole range of traditional crafts made in Japan, both historic and contemporary. Starting with a description of the land of Japan, stretching from Siberian forests (Hokkaido Island) to the sub-tropical islands of Okinawa, and its natural materials: animal, vegetable and mineral, the book describes how Japanese artisans have used these raw materials to make a vast variety of

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
The beauty of the red lacquer tray on this book's dust cover sets the tone for its examination of Japanese ceramics, clothing, lacquerware, basketry, and other fine Japanese crafts. The tray is incised with shallow grooves, some of which are parallel, some of which converge. The subtlety of this not-quite-random design is essentially representative of the Japanese conception of beauty. In a clear and readable text, Dunn (The Art of East Asia) describes how Japanese artisans have transformed their country's raw materials into such fascinating crafts and defines Japanese artistic terms like sabi, kirei, ma, and wabi. The 320 high-quality color photos show objects that have not been widely represented in other publications. Each photo is accompanied by a caption that places the object in its historical and cultural context and explains the details of its manufacture. The only cavil regarding this otherwise excellent volume is the confusing lack of photo identification numbers to match the caption numbers. Recommended for academic and larger public library art collections.-David McClelland, Philadelphia Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9788874390410
Publisher:
5 Continents Editions
Publication date:
11/28/2004
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.87(w) x 11.50(h) x 1.30(d)

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