Gallery visit + Giveaway!

Today I went to the Art Gallery of NSW to see the latest exhibition, Kamisaka Sekka- Dawn of Modern Japanese Design. If you are interested in Japanese art, I would definitely recommend you go along. The exhibition has been broken into 2 sections, the first focuses on the work By Kamisaka Sekka, and some of the masters of the Rinpa decorative style. The second has a number of current artists and designers that have created their own art and kiminos based on Sekka’s work and Rinpa style. Akira Isogawa was one of the designers included in the exhibition, I have always loved Akira’s work, and the dresses he designed especially for this exhibition certainly lived up to my expectations! Gorgeous!

I am planning to head down there again, as part the way through they change over a number of the works due to the fragile nature of some of them, and I may even pop along to one of the workshops or lectures that they have running for the duration of the exhibition such as; Origami, Plum Blossom Painting, Celebrity Talks and even a few workshops for kids.

Kamisaka Sekka
Flowers of the twelve months, 1920-25

Kamisaka Sekka/Kiyomizu Rokubei IV & Kiyomizu Rokubei V
Entrée dishes in the shape of a stream, 1920

Akira Isogawa
Tulle strap shibori dress with iris motif, 2010

Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) was one of Japan’s leading artists, designers and art instructors. His bold, visually dynamic designs and innovative approach to production made him one of the great visionaries of modern Japanese art and design.
Sekka’s paintings on scrolls and screens, drawings for lacquerware decoration, ceramics and textiles revived the decorative tradition of Rinpa – a quintessentially Japanese style originating in the early 17th century.
The exhibition explores the Rinpa tradition, with works by early masters displayed alongside Sekka’s innovative interpretations. The enduring appeal of both Sekka and the Rinpa style is revealed through a display of contemporary Japanese art, fashion and craft design, including works from artists such as Ai Yamaguchi and fashion designer Akira Isogawa.
With loans from the Hosomi Museum in Kyoto and private collections this is the first exhibition in Australia to showcase Sekka’s exquisite work and the exceptional Japanese sense for design.
Above text and images are all via the Art Gallery of NSW. Check out the website for more info on the Sekka exhibition. 

On a different note, I am very excited to announce that as a way to launch the latest design in my Charlee Le More range, Rachel over at Little Bits of Lovely is hosting a Giveaway! To find out how you can win 2 cushions of your choice from my Etsy store head on over to Little Bits of Lovely now! You can view the full range at my Etsy shop – Charlee Le More and Good Luck!

Rochelle xx


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