Sky Island is a fantastical place based on collections of mythology, fairy tale, folklore and fantasy stories that record the existence of the legendary heaven realm. I adapt symbolical imagery and motif from these stories, revised and fused with modern pop cultures. It provides a quest-like adventure to uncover this legendary place through a series of illustrations, sculptures, photographs and installations. It provokes different intentions, forms and functions to enhance the psychological state of the mind to dream of other possibilities in this realistic and structured world.
Thanks to Kayoko san from the Matsuo Washi Factory, we get to visit to the famed Moriyama Kasuri Factory 久留米絣 森山絣工房 and learn about the Japan traditional Kurume Kasuri (Shibori Textile). This technique has a long history spanning over 200 years and originated by a girl Den Inoue, whose curiosity inspired her to create Kasuri, technique to twine and dye vertical threads and horizontal ones together so as to weave up a design. Kurume Kasuri is now a nationally-designated Important intangible cultural property.
Kasuri requires about 30 procedures, from Pattern designing, Tekukuri (Hand Twining), Aizome (Indigo Dye), to Teori (Hand Weaving). Moriyama Kasuri factory is well known for these and titled as the Kogara no Moriyama (Elaborately Pattern Moriyama).
We met the head of the family Torao Moriyama, the fifth master Tetsuhiro Moriyama and her amazing wife who taught us the Kasuri Workshop.
I documented these enriching experience into videos and showcased together with my art installation at the Studio Kura Residency Exhibition.