Supported by: Japan Tourism Agency、beyond2020、CLAIR (Council of Local Authorities for International Relations)、Embassy of Japan in the UK
"Spirit of Japan －Creating a Refined World Through Handcrafts－"
Hima Ayuzawa has been an oshie (traditional raised cloth) artist for 35 years. Influenced by her mother, who worked as a dressmaking teacher, she learned crafts from a young age. Wrapping colored cloth around each part results in bulging curved lines and a three-dimensional shape, giving the doll a lively appearance. Capturing the Japanese sense of harmony, the pieces resonate with an elegant atmosphere, with dignified characters from kabuki actors and notable figures from history. In addition to works depicting gorgeous women in kimono and gentle landscapes from the Heian era, which received acclaim in Paris, this exhibition will also showcase new works for the first time based on adorable animals such as chickens, monkeys and rabbits. We hope you enjoy the incredibly appealing world of oshie.