When Hatsumi was a little girl, she liked to play in nature, with things such as leaves, sticks and straw. She would use these natural materials to make clothing. Her work now is simply an extension of that same endeavor.
Her speciality is the uniqueness of her raw materials. She is not interested in using things commonly considered as valuable, such as gemstones or works of art. She even doesn’t like using the materials specifically manufactured for fashion creation, including buttons and cloth. Rather, she uses things like banana fibers, fish scales, feathers, sponge, plastic or vinyl sheet, and sometimes even metal pieces. And her future will surely lead to the discovery of even more varied and interesting raw materials...
And it is not only visual. Her work involves all five senses. She talks to the materials and “breathes life into them to make them warm again.” She knows she is on the right track when she “feels a fluttering in her heart.” That when her job as a designer is successful!
She moved her creative base to Bali 19 years ago for its rich natural environment. It allows her to enjoy life and have fun. Her atelier is located just outside the city of Kuta. It is called Panorama Cottages and is a collection of separate cottages spread across a beautiful garden, which feels like a forest that once belonged to the royal family.
She has met many nice people in Bali. People who started as friends eventually became her workers. So, with her collection of friends, she greatly enjoys making clothes and accessories. They take time and utmost care in creating each piece. It often is a playful process, and she deeply engages herself in it with a community of craftspeople.
Hatsumi will continue with her creative activity of making clothing and accessories. Her wish is that her pieces will enhance the self-expression of those who wear them and that these new friends will become part of the collaboration. The result, she is hoping, would be a group celebration of life.
See more about Hatsumi Yoshida at Studio Suma: www.studiosuna.com
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Gallery Max New York proudly Introduces natural indigo artisan Mutsuko Sasaki from Japan.
Mutsuko's mission is to rediscover the traditional natural indigo dyeing process which was established and developed around 1600 AD in Edo (Tokyo) Era.
The easiest natural indigo dyeing process is to simply place Indigo leaves on clothes and pound the leaves into the cloth. Another dyeing method is to grind fresh leaves and add water to make liquid dye. There is also a more difficult dyeing technique called Chinden-Ai which is the most popular form today.
An even more complex dyeing method called Sukumo involves fermenting the indigo leaves. The fermentation process is a multi-layered dyeing technique with additional processing, composting, and effort that preserves the dye and gives a deeper, concentrated pigment.
Mutsuko is fervently dedicated to the traditional fermented indigo dyeing process. Sometimes, she works day and night with the "live" fermented indigo using the same time-consuming process established in 1600AD.
Please come to see her Indigo in SoHo, New York!
*We are also exhibiting the world's first indigo dyed pearls in collaboration with renowned pearl artist Eiji Uemura.
Pixels echo each other and multiple pixels together form an image...
The Tokyo Pixels is an artistic group. They aggressively challenge and echo each other and are constantly creating.
Koharu, 青柳愛子, JOMEN and TANKO, 秋葉みづき, 足立順子, 足立晶子, 荒井道彦, 荒井緋美, 岡本光弘, 川俣周三, 神庭瑛子, 谷垣博子, 直原清美, 永島明, 桃井知世帆, 下茂, 古山コスミ, 松重輝夫, 内藤えつ子, 梅本美知代, 八木千賀子, 布施滋子, 北井小夜子, 本川勝也, 椋野茂美, 木所眞, 鈴木芳明, 國井英和, 小林啓子, 笠井順子, こばやし良人, 塩崎淳子, 杉山彰, 関笑加, 橋本光一郎, 平沼和子, 藤田泉, 雨宮真理, 遠藤幸一, 岡部豊, 岡本陽, 笠原将, 久保木妃呂子, 犬飼三千子, 秋田好恵, 出雲たけこ, 上野芙美江, 新妻久恵, 神田和也, 石田研二, 赤星啓介, 大前美登利, 大野きこ, 内海美希, 飯嶋真子, 箕輪香名子, 木戸和子, 國安珣楽
Please come see their collective passion.
Gallery Max New York
552 Broadway, Suite 401, New York, NY 10012
Rose and Fake
The Universe gave roses life and roses give me life. Each bloom has a unique personality. I want to explore and observe the heart of each rose. -Koharu-
Great paintings give me great inspiration and that inspiration gives me the energy to draw. These are my very, very, very small paintings of famous portraits. You can call these "fakes" ;) -Norit-
Inspired by roses, Koharu is a print artist from Tokyo. Koharu's work is introspective. When creating her roses, Koharu looks within to visualize the garden of flowers that exists in her heart. Capturing the essence and fragrant aroma of a rose, she is able to translate both onto paper. Using Mono type print-making techniques, she creates unique one-of a kind artwork.
Norit also graduated from the Tokyo National University of Music and Fine Art and went on to complete a post-graduate degree at the same University as Koharu. His art friends call him a “multi-talented painter". He paints in water color, and has published many "how-to", "easy to follow" painting books with magnificent technical explanations for novice painters.
Artist Max Fujishima:
Fujishima captures and expresses the relentless flow of time. The moments that exist in the interface between the photographer and the subject illustrate the essence of this idea.
There is a consistency to the creative style and world view that flows through his diverse themes, no matter what the subject of his lens happens to be; nature, cities, or dolls. He does not construct a set, nor does he insert anything into his pictures or otherwise manipulate them, preferring instead to capture the subject as it is, illuminated by whatever light is available.
Fujishima doesn't think he is a photographer; he simply create "paintings" using a camera. "I am capturing wind, not subject,” he says. "And clouds, rain, water on the river, and whatever the wind moves. Maybe I'm shooting gravity." This is why he thinks his work differs from the art form called photography. Please join us to see what Max found in Guilin!
Eiji Uemura believes every pearl is different as is every individual. Nearly 100 years ago, humans began creating perfect rounded “cultured” pearls making them unique in comparison to natural pearls.
Eiji has taken a new modern, approach;
cultured pearls should each be different, maintaining a more natural shape. Pearls, like people, do not need to be the same.
Eiji Uemura is a 3rd generation successor of Uemura Cultured Pearls. Starting with a popular pearl necklace with perfect rounded pearls, Eiji's natural sensibility and fire led to the innovation of unique pearl jewelry as wearable art.
Japanese tradition meets modern technologies:
The innovative nature of Eiji's concepts includes newly designed pearls with traditional Makie (Japanese Lacquer sprinkled with gold and silver powder), Kiriko (faceted), and a combination of pearls with Kurochiku (Black Bamboo) as well as rubies or diamonds. Eiji has also challenged himself to produce oversized pearls, uncommon shapes like cubed pearls, and more.
As natural as Cultured Pearls could be:
Eiji began aqua-farming untreated, natural-colored pearls with no color adjustment. They are similar in look to natural pearls but they are cultured. Eiji was fascinated with natural-colored pearls, a unique appreciation which was lost for a long period of time. He combined modern techniques with an old-world feel.
There’s a Japanese saying: “Even a chance of meeting is like having sleeves touch each other when passing by, that’s karma”. Buddha teaches us to value every encounter in life.
I’m not very religious, nor sure about there being a previous life, but I’m fascinated with the moment that every life’s path and elements of life coincidentally cross each other at a point of endless time.
In appreciation of that moment, I stop, feel the air, see the light and even sense the subtle emotions in the eyes behind the windows. In an instant they come together and disappear as fast.
My heart is touched by such fragile dramas. That’s when I click my shutter so I can cherish those ephemeral moments. Then, days later, I realize that what I encountered might have been a reflection of inner-self, and how meaningful it is for me to have not passed it by.
Born in Takamatsu, Japan, Yuki Neo is a New York based photographer focusing on environmental portraiture and street photography. Yuki received her BA from Tokyo Woman’s Christian University and a MS in Advertising from Northwestern University. While working at several major advertising agencies in both the US and Japan, Yuki developed an eye and love for photography. In 2009 she returned to the USA and in 2011 enrolled in the International Center of Photography and studied with the frontline professionals. Her photography has been described as “Insightful and Poetic.” Her work is regularly featured in a weekly New York publication and is also available on her website: www.yukineo.com and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/yukineophoto/