#Katagami Category

Ceres: Artists in Residence 2019

Textile collective ‘Ceres’ were our Artists in Residence at MoDA in 2019, bringing an eco-conscious approach to textile design and inspiration. The aim of the residency was to use objects from MoDA’s collection as a starting point for exploration of natural prints and dyes, in order to raise awareness of sustainability issues in design research. […]

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Cecilia Hughes: Katagami Stencils

Staring at the stencil, layers of a mind-warping visual unfold. The katagami cutout, housed in the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MODA), at first glance seems an abstract optical illusion, its two-toned linear patterns almost moving on the surface. On closer observation, individual sparrows, each unique, emerge from the background. This Japanese stencil dates […]

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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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