Musashi

Musashi
In April 2014 I was invited to be Artist in Residence in a community school/gallery in metropolitan Tokyo. I was to demonstrate how traditional kimono garments could be repurposed.
Musashi was a famed Japanese swordsman of the seventeenth century, a real life popular hero. I choose his name to convey the strong feeling this art evokes. Bold divisions of black separate the individual squares of colourful silks reminding us of the many kimonos worn by the noble women of ancient Japan. When looking down on at the work you get a bird’s eye view like the paintings of geni monogatari ; visualize the lady-in-waiting with her black hair in the centre of the walled cubicle where she lived, wearing her favourite kimono. The path of colourful strips around the perimeter suggests the walkway around a traditional Japanese home.