英文版 草乃しずか日本伝統刺繍 - Fine Art of Kimono Embroidery (英語) ハードカバー – 2006/9
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Shizuka Kusano is one of the most admired and recognized textile artists in Japan today. With the publication of The Fine Art of Kimono Embroidery, readers in the West will come to know and appreciate her work for its great beauty and grace. Kusano's canvases are kimono, obi (the sash used to tie the kimono) and tapestries, on which she creates extraordinary compositions in brilliant color and subtle tones, with a rich contrast in textures. Her themes are drawn from Japanese poetry, literature and art, and feature such seasonal motifs as trees, flowers, birds, and streams, designs which are uniquely Japanese in sensibility and expression. Working exclusively with silk threads and fabric, and delicately balancing the use of space in her composition, Kusano's designs achieve the sophistication for which the best Japanese art is known.
Selected works are shown here in full color with explanatory captions, while a separate section covers the primary techniques used on each piece. In addition, Kusano writes about how she developed her art, providing commentary on her themes and sources of inspiration. She also includes an essay on the history of embroidery in Japan from the time it was introduced into the country from China in the sixth century up to the present.
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The author describes her inspiration, the stories behind her designs, how she studied. Each page of this book makes me swoon.
The complexity of her embroidery, her color choices and design decisions. Museum quality fine art.
I buy few books because I read so many, but once I got this one from the library, I decided I had have my own copy. It's very reasonably priced for an art book. This is a volume you will treasure and pass on to your grandchildren. I have a Japanese grandchild. I can't wait for her to be old enough to look at the pictures with me.
This book is a photo collection of works done by a master of Japanese Embroidery. The photos provide high quality, stunningly clear examples of her works. I find the examples to be a great reference and that they should serve as inspiration.
This is in short a pretty 'art book' full of AMAZING Embroidery. Def something to have for your coffee table or bookself if you enjoy traditional Japanese culture or just art.
I was looking for a book that offered Japanese embroidery designs and motifs that I could use in my own hand embroidery. What I typed into Amazon's search engine was "Japanese embroidery designs" and this book came up. The "Search Inside" feature for the book offers pictures that could and did lead me to think that I would find patterns for what I was looking at, and the book's title doesn't dissuade one from thinking that.
This is a coffee table book, showcasing, with excellent photography, the extraordinary talents of Shizuka Kusano. I wrote this review so that others who might be looking for designs, motifs, or patterns might not also be disappointed by buying a book that is not what they expected it to be.