Yunoki Samiro and the art of Katazome (traditional stencil dyeing)

Event - Sainsbury Institute

Wednesday 23 September, 2015
6:00pm BST - 7:30pm BST

Sainsbury Institute, 64 The Close, Norwich NR1 4DH

About the Lecture

Yunoki Samirō was a pupil of Serizawa Keisuke who was closely associated with the Mingei movement driven by Yanagi Sōetsu, Hamada Shōji, Bernard Leach, and Kawai Kanjirō. While Yunoki’s early work shows the influence of Serizawa he went on to use the medium of katazome (traditional stencil dyeing) to create works of delightful humour, including reflections of the vibrancy of colour and textures he found both domestically and in his travels overseas. His later work becomes more abstract showing the influence of Czech sculptor Zbigniew Sekal but humour surfaces again with papier maché dolls which he makes for fun.

Yunoki is now 93 but was able to travel to Paris for his exhibition  “La Danse des Formes” at the Musée Guimet in October 2014/January 2015 and from April to September at the Museum of Asian art in Nice.

About the Speaker

Miles Dodd spent many years in Japan both in business and in academia. He is a close personal friend of Yunoki. He graduated in law from Oxford University in 1961 but has now come down to earth in Cambridge.


Admission free for Friends of SISJAC/ £5 for non-Friends / £3 for students
Booking is essential. Please contact Keiko Nishioka to reserve a place.
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