PATTERNS OF EDO
Since my introduction to ukiyo-e art in Asian Art and Culture, I have found myself admiring the 17th century hand carved patterns. In my museum studies course, I wrote an exhibition proposal whose key piece was from Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-Six Views of Mount Edo, a print owned by the Stanley Museum of Art. Building on previous experience, I have chose to explore the boisterous prints of the Edo period.
I began my work by drawing pattern elements on blocks. After hand carving, they were stamped on mulberry paper using water-based ink. I then scanned the prints and colorized them.
To introduce my skills as a graphic designer, I used Photoshop to create seamless patterns. The patterns were then printed on lightly textured kôzo paper.
To showcase the traditional paper, I have limited the use of color. I selected Japanese papers as an homage to the delicately made papers of the time.
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University of Iowa