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Japanese Design for Fiber Artists

Japanese Design. What is it? Looking at outstanding work of the past and present the course analyzes the special characteristics that make it Japanese style. Beginning with Yamato and Zen aesthetics, we explore how these aesthetics are applied to numerous art forms and specifically to historical and contemporary kimono, the classic 'canvas' of Japan. The class looks at notan, dark/light design concepts, Japanese symbols and crests. Through slides and samples , it continues on to the development of kimono as it echoed the county’s historical changes. The class considers contemporary fiber art and finds what is 'Japanese' about these new designers as well. This course is designed to extend your knowledge, build skills and challenge your (western) view of design and composition with hands-on mini projects. Through this process we discuss how this fits into your own personal work. It will allow you to create your own original patterns and layout plans to be used for reference material for the future. Class work will be ‘dry’ (i.e. no dyeing) and uses paper designs and fabric collage. Stimulating slides, visual materials and samples will be included.