Much to my delight, three volumes of “Textile designs of Japan” appeared out of a carton box that was stalled in our container since we immigrated to Israel six years ago.
These stunning books, published by the Japan Textile Color Design center, capture a rich treasure of hundreds of admirable designs, motifs and patterns. Each page illustrates parts or whole pieces of clothes (kimonos), quilts, costumes and accessories, showing the high techniques of dying, patchwork, embroidery and appliqué works, bringing alive the vigorous beauty of Japanese textiles.
Although I’m no textile expert, I can’t help falling in love with this amazing collection of beautiful, elegant, simple and rich textile patterns. As you know, I have a weak heart for pattern design.
I’m also amazed at how some pieces reflect the Japanese people’s inherent love for the beauty of nature and the elegant use of its elements. Yet, as these volumes were published in the 1960’s, 8o% of the illustrations are in black and white, which is a shame.
As you read this, you might be wondering how textile design books relate to my paper art. Well, I draw immense inspiration from the huge amount of pattern designs within these books – they are giving my work day a tremendously positive boost. And yes, I recently began a new work of art that, in a way, is closely related to textile design. Hope this has made you curious; I’ll reveal more in my next post!