'Griccia' è un termine usato dagli antichi tessitori della seta del xiv e xv secolo, indicante un fregio a sviluppo in genere verticale, come un tronco che sostiene elementi decorativi come l'ananas, la pigna e il melograno.

lunedì 23 luglio 2012

Yuzen

DSC02890Ci sono state recentemente a Palazzo Pitti tre mostre riguardanti il Giappone, una delle quali ho trovato particolarmente interessante perché esibiva oggetti realizzati nell'ultimo secolo  mediante tecniche vecchie di secoli. Uno spettacolo:  cesteria, tessuti, oggetti in ceramica ed in metallo, uno più bello e raffinato dell’altro.

Very recently 3 exhibitions on Japan were held  at Palazzo Pitti, one of which I found particularly interesting because it was about items made during the last century with techniques centuries old. What a sight: basketry, textiles, ceramics and metal objects, one more beautiful than the other.


Più o meno a metà mostra parte di quel che era esposto è stato cambiato per la gioia degli occhi e dell’anima. Mi ha  colpita moltissimo un kimono realizzato da Uzan Kimura con la tecnica yuzen, della quale non sapevo assolutamente niente.

More or less halfway through the exhibition what was on show was changed, for the eyes’ and the soul’s delight. I was taken by a kimono made by Uzan Kimura with yuzen, a technique that I completely ignored.


Indovinate un po’: ho trovato una maestra a Firenze che teneva un corso proprio a luglio.
Kazuko Kataoka è un’artista squisita. Visitate il suo sito dove la tecnica yuzen è spiegata minuziosamente e dove potrete trovare altre informazioni. Mi ha portato una sua realizzazione, un kimono sui toni del viola che non ho fotografato per rispettare la riservatezza del suo lavoro, ma che vi assicuro era un’autentica bellezza.

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Guess what: I found a teacher in Florence who was giving a course right in July.
Kazuko Kataoka is an exquisite artist. I encourage you to visit her website were the yuzen technique is thoroughly  described and where you can find other information. She brought me a piece of hers, a kimono with purple flowers of which I didn’t take pictures to respect the privacy of her work, but you can be assured that it was a true beauty.


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Immaginate quindi il mio sgomento quando, togliendo finalmente la gomma dal mio pezzo, ho visto quelle linee grossolane, quei colori forti che fanno del mio lavoro un autentico orrore.
Delusa? Sì, ma solo in parte. Ho imparato quanto sia complessa questa tecnica, quanta pazienza e quanti passaggi richieda. Ho passato dei momenti sereni con Kazuko, donna vivace, simpatica e intraprendente. Ora vive a Firenze, sicché se volete fare il suo corso dovete venire qui.

Therefore imagine my consternation when, at last taking off the rubber from my piece, I saw those rough lines, those strong colours that make my work an absolute horror.
Am I disappointed? Yes, but not entirely. I learned how complex this technique is, how much patience and how many passages it requires. I spent very serene moments with Kazuko, a lively, pleasant and resourceful woman. Presently she is living in Florence, therefore if you want to take her course you have to come here.


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Per consolarmi ho fatto una borsa per il mare per Seconda Figlia.
All’interno non poteva mancare l’esclusiva etichetta di Lagriccia!
To cheer me up I made a Summer bag for Second Daughter.
Inside I could not but put the exclusive label of Lagriccia!
          
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12 commenti:

  1. You look so well and happy in that photograph :-)
    I have just been reading about yuzen in Liza Dalby's "Kimono", so many techniques, so little time! I'm glad you had a good workshop.

    RispondiElimina
  2. I'm glad you don't expect to be a master after your first try. Imagine how annoyed your teacher would be!
    Those kimonos are exquisite, absolutely gorgeous and mind-boggling when you think of all the hand work involved. I several embroidered examples in Lyon and they also took my breath away.
    I love that last photo of you too - you look so happy in your creative space. You're a yummy mummy!

    RispondiElimina
  3. what a beautiful bag. glad you enjoyed the workshop. looks so interesting.

    RispondiElimina
  4. Non sono riuscita ad aprire il link Kazuko Kataoka e quindi non ho capito la tecnica (più tardi riprovo). E' comunque affascinante quest'arte giapponese che ci presenti. La borsa è una bellissima consolazione, con tante belle finiture, quell'etichetta è meritatissima.

    RispondiElimina
  5. ciao bella! e adesso fai yuzen!! piano, piano e arriverai a fare borse in yuzen.
    povera miuccia ;)

    RispondiElimina
  6. I LOVE the two new dresses, and I totally "get it" I came home from work last Friday night and made a new skirt ... I just had to do it and it felt good!

    RispondiElimina
  7. What a great photo of you!!!

    RispondiElimina
  8. Yes, a beautiful picture of you. And I would have been pretty pleased with myself if I managed as good a result as you had. It is indeed a very difficult process that takes a long time to learn. I once took a workshop in Mud Cloth from Michele Whipplinger, a great teacher, and I too learned much respect and appreciation for the women of Mali, who paint with only mud and a chicken feather or metal scraper. The well-to-do white ladies in the class kept exclaiming, "Those clever Africans! How do they manage to do it?" Skill comes with practice.

    RispondiElimina
  9. That sounds like a very interesting class, I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. I also love the bag you made for your daughter. I noticed the name tag, is her name Livia? I have a cousin with that name and I've always loved it but never met anyone else with the same name!

    RispondiElimina
  10. Dear Blandina, First, Have a safe trip. Second....Lucky you! I would love to have a Yuzen teacher near me. I love the techniques. Steaming the cloth takes a lot of effort. The Japanese will just keep at it over and over to get it right. Amazing. Bryan

    RispondiElimina
  11. It is disappointing when things don't work at first but I'm glad you found joy in creating something for your daughter. I'm sure she loves her new summer bag:)

    RispondiElimina
  12. The bags are such pretty colours, Blandina and I really like the style of them.Blue appears in nature all the time. It's such a soothing and refreshing colour. It always makes me feel happy.

    RispondiElimina