#Katagami Category

Caroline Collinge: ‘Waves’ dance performance film

Designer-maker Caroline Collinge was one of the participants in our Katagami in Practice project. Inspired by Japanese paper stencils used within traditional textile printing of kimonos, Caroline’s film Waves draws on the rich textile culture of Japan and the traditional art of paper folding ‘origami’. The title of the piece was suggested by the water and wave […]

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Seika University and Oita Prefectural Museum, Japan (2017)

During summer 2017, our Katagami in Practice project made an impact overseas. An exhibition, curated by MoDA’s Zoe Hendon and Serena Dyer, was hosted by Seika University in Kyoto, and the Oita Prefectural Museum in Japan. Japan and the Silver Studio This exhibition explored the influence of Japanese katagami stencils on Western art in the […]

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Slow Craft in Action: katagami printing techniques

How do museum objects directly inspire and inform creative studio-based students? That is the question at the heart of MoDA’s current research project, Katagami in Practice: Japanese Stencils in the Art School. Katagami stencils are a traditional tool for applying pattern to cloth: but how can we encourage today’s artists and design practitioners to use […]

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Dr Sarah Desmarais: Drawing Inspiration from Katagami Stencils

Sarah Desmarais was a participant in MoDA’s research project, Katagami in Practice. Her research focused on the practice of making, and how it can be used to approach the katagami reflectively, critically and creatively. Sarah’s response goes beyond simply noting the stencils as examples of interesting motifs, technical virtuosity or traditional technique. She combined her […]

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Loan: ‘The Craft of the Japanese Stencil’, ULITA (2017)

MoDA holds one of the UK’s important collections of Japanese katagami stencils.  Another significant collection can be found at ULITA, part of Leeds University. In 2017, ULITA held an exhibition which celebrated the art of the Japanese stencil or ‘katagami’.  These stencils were used for dyeing designs onto clothing ranging from everyday worker’s garments to the […]

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Mamiko Markham: Katagami Uncovered

Mamiko Markham was one of the participants in MoDA’s research project, Katagami in Practice: Japanese stencils in the Art School.  Her research used both conventional and infrared photography to examine the katagami stencils in MoDA’s Silver Studio Collection.  This helped to determine geographical origins, dates and makers. Mamiko explains what infrared photography has revealed The […]

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