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Honors

PATTERNS OF EDO

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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.

 
The original pattern elements are hand stamped on kinwashi paper

The original pattern elements are hand stamped on kinwashi paper

 

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.

THE PATTERNS

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Honors in Major

University of Iowa

May 2018