Katagami Japanese Carved Paper - Maxine Hullock
First introduced to the West in the 1860s Katagami are paper stencils used in traditional Japanese resist dyeing. Katagami originate in the Nara Period (710-794) and were first used for applying pattern to Samurai armour and later used for dyeing textiles like Kimono in the 19th and 20th century.
Using handmade mulberry paper, highly skilled craftsmen use knifes and punches to carve delicate patterns and intricate images rich in symbolism and meaning, featuring concepts of luck, prosperity, happiness and wealth.
Katagami have captivated artists, collectors and designers for over 150 years, and are a permanent record of Japanese pattern. Few textiles featuring these patterns have survived, the longevity and preservation of these stencils long after their useful life as a tool pays testament to their beauty.
This exhibition includes some of the most visually striking, technically challenging and unusual examples of Japanese craftsmanship dating from the 14th century to the present day, bringing together a magnificent archive of Japanese two dimensional design.
Features include, textiles, books, over 100 framed patterns from the personal collection of Maxine Hullock.
Current to Dec 2014
Sonja Kielty, Museums Officer (Exhibitions), Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Tel: 01274 436027 email: email@example.com
Venue to provide
Insurance, onward transport (or return to Cartwright Hall Art Gallery), replacement packing materials, gallery warding, attendance figures, education programme and press/media coverage.
£4,000 for eight week period, longer/shorter by negotiation
Fee includes one way transport. Hirer to return or transport to next venue.