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The Music of Color

The Music of Color

Shimura Fukumi
Translated by Matt Treyvaud
Photographs by Inoue Takao

Published Titles / Art & Design

¥3,700

Published by JPIC | 978-4-86658-061-6 (Flexi-bound) | 176 pages | 220mm (h) x 148mm (w) | March 2019

About the Book

I have received color without limit from the natural world in the years since I entered the dyer’s way. It has poured down on me endlessly, too much for this meager vessel to hold. Joyful as a child with a new set of paints, I have woven and woven yarn dyed by the grasses and trees”.

A startlingly original creator in the medium of textiles, Living National Treasure Shimura Fukumi is also well known in Japan for her essays on color, nature, and the work of weaving and dyeing. The Music of Color collects some of Shimura’s most insightful writing together with Takao Inoue’s stunning photographs of her art and the natural world that inspires it.

From winter snows to spring blossoms, from the foothills of Japan’s “Southern Alps” to the back streets of Gion, Kyoto, Shimura initiates the reader into a facet of Japanese culture where the boundary between craft and art is blurred. Her insight into the sources and uses of natural color, along with her decades of experience in the world of Japanese textiles, from silkworm and loom to finished kimono, are both on full display in this rich collection. Travels from Bashо’s “Deep North” to the western island of Kyushu are recorded, as are valuable accounts of Shimura’s encounters with other figures in Japanese aesthetics such as lacquerware master Kuroda Tatsuaki and poet–critic Оoka Makoto.

Offering new perspectives on contemporary textiles, Japanese folk craft traditions, and thoughts on how Japanese artists engage with the four seasons, the gemlike essays and translucent photographs of The Music of Color will linger with the reader long after the book itself is over.

We draw the beautiful colors of the sakura not from the petals but the gnarled bark and branches. . . . The blossoms have already bloomed, so no color can come from there. It is the spirit of the tree entire, ceaselessly active, that emerges in the hue of each petal— and do we not see the same truth in the world of words?”

About the Author

SHIMURA Fukumi

Born in Ōmihachiman, Shiga, in 1924, Shimura Fukumi received her first lessons in weaving from her mother at the age of 17. She began working with plant-based dyes in 1955. Recognized as a Living National Treasure by the Japanese government, she has also received the Osaragi Jirо Prize and other literary awards for her writing on art.

INOUE Takao

Photographer Inoue Takao was born in Shiga in 1940 and graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts in 1965. Folk crafts, Buddhist art, the city of Kyoto, and the natural world were among his favorite subjects. His published collections include Tibetan Esoteric Murals, The Modern Tea Ceremony, and more.

Review

"Indeed, The Music of Color is, at core, a celebration of the living hues Fukumi has received from the natural world — both in terms of the physical color extracted from leaves, flowers, and branches, and the sensory inspiration for her pieces she draws from the environment. In turn, Takao’s photographs receive Fukumi's textual imagery and grant it extra dimension via dynamic images of her cloth art and the environment that nurtured its creation."

Hannah Huff, May 15, 2019 Notes of Oak

🏆 Winner of the 2019-2020 Lindsley and Masao Miyoshi Translation Prize awarded by the Donald Keene Center at Columbia University. For more information, please click the following pdf icon.

内容紹介

17歳で機を習い、30過ぎて染色をはじめた作家が、長い歳月のうちに、内面に深く潜めた思いの数々を綴る珠玉のエッセイ。“植物から色が抽出され、媒染されるのも、人間がさまざまの事象に出会い、苦しみを受け、自身の色に染めあげられていくのも、根源は一つであり、光の旅ではないだろうか。”色と糸と織と。丹念な手仕事で「わたし」が染めあげられていく。心に響くエッセイと鮮かな写真。

著者紹介

志村ふくみ

1924年滋賀県近江八幡生まれ。55年植物染料による染色を始め、57年第四回日本伝統工芸展に初出品で入選。83年『一色一生』で大佛次郎賞受賞。86年紫綬褒章受賞。90年国の重要無形文化財保持者(人間国宝)に認定される。93年『語りかける花』で日本エッセイスト・クラブ賞を受賞。著書に『色を奏でる』『小裂帖』『ちよう、はたり』『つむぎおり』など。

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Original Japanese Edition / 原書情報

色を奏でる

色を奏でる

志村ふくみ 著

筑摩書房 刊

1998/12/03

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