In the late 80s I was awarded a Study Grant by the QE 2 New Zealand Crafts Council (now Creative New Zealand), which enabled me to spend three months traveling around Japan working with Shibori/Aizome artisans, visiting papermakers and potters, and generally immersing myself in the culture and traditions of Old Japan.

I had been a designer and maker of ‘wearable art’ for over twenty years, and had taught myself many of the surface design techniques that I would recognise in Japan as being centuries old.

It was like a homecoming for me; my creative life turned on its axis and took off in a new direction – off the body, and onto the wall.

Most of the pieces in this collection were completed after my return from this Fellowship, and on later visits to Kyoto.

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On the blog:

song for shindo sensei
offering to aizen-myoo
a kakemono called ku
form and emptiness