MY TRAVELS IN JAPAN
One day I discovered Tomoko Nakamichi’s work about patronage, its sphere effects, accordion pleats, knots; sets of lines sketching a bamboo shoot.
She was teaching in Kyoto.
So, I started studying Japanese, in order to meet her – create the chance to go to Kyoto Seika University where I would learn at her side.
Adding volume to the shapes I was making.
I had been sewing for a few years now – it seemed to me that her work would be easy to achieve.
This was in June 2014.
In October 2015 I went to Kyoto for 3 months to intensively study Japanese and to meet her.
During my first trip in Japan, I was staying in the Nishijin district with Mrs Mitsuë Sakaguchi san, an elderly weaver.
I lived among silent looms and spools of thread.
This wispers thousand of images.
This trip to Kyoto, 京 都市 was an eye opener : it is thanks to this voyage that my work found its way, its dimension and gained consistency. Movements of the journey – dislodging the body and shifting the self.
Before leaving I managed to get in contact with Ms. Yoshimi Ueki who agreed to teach me kimono-related sewing – Wasai 和 裁 sewing.
I don’t want to become an expert in the art of Kimono making, that would be impossible anyway.
I want to get closer – approach the garment, come near that “T” shape.
Cheerful and surprising encounter : I watched Miss Azusa Ikemori and Yoshimi Ueki at work – their gestures are always regular, light, airy – like a dance. A fluid and poetic rhythm – an artistic gesture.
I struggle to find my way within this gesture – in the middle of our joyful and concentrated silence.
The Japanese thimble, positioned on the second phalanx of the middle finger, is a rather uncomfortable surprise.
I appreciate what the art of ancestral and cultural gestures can truly signify.
After each class I can choose scraps of fabric that had once, made up an entire kimono.
On approaching the garment, I discover the patterns : delightful surprise.
I came to Japan to look for volume, I find drawing at first,
These patterns fascinate me.
These kimono scraps-drops have become my treasures.
I RETURN WITH TRAVEL NOTES, IMAGES
I left to meet Tomoko Nakamichi and in the end what I encountered was Japanese patterns.
Simple – no excessive precision, on the contrary – Of the fold – of the frame – of the shape that holds itself- elegance
There is allure.
Leave a trace of it all – of all these hands – of all this work
Behind the bus station, the Konjaru Nishimura store – old textile arts – meeting up.
Manufacturing from old pieces.
Fabric, like a weaving of time: past present future
Patterns and meanings
Graphic language – woven fabrics are images – Knowing the language, the wording
Links – fabric – exchanges
Weaving is coming across
From Latin textilis “woven”. “Texs” : root meaning “to weave”, “to fabricate”
Origami of fabrics – finding a way
Gesture: here, to give thanks, one bows – folds their body.
Trip to Japan – second one
October 2016 I go back for 3 months to Kyoto via Tokyo – new story and other steps …