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Profile of Shumei Kobayashi

Yuzen artists sketch various designs onto fabric using resist paste made of glutinous rice. The dyeing method is called Tsutsugaki Yuzen when the paste is applied to cotton or linen, while it is called Itome Yuzen or simply Yuzen when it is applied to silk.

The long history of Yuzen allows us to distinguish between the two different techniques. Tsutsugaki is the method used for items such as wrapping cloths and daily wear used by the common people, whereas the Itome technique is applied to finely woven, high-quality clothing known as Kimono.

Because of such differences, craftsman in the past specialised in either the Tsutsugaki or the Itome technique. However, Kanazawa’s Konya(dyer) was one of few places where both styles were practised in the master’s house until the Meiji era.

Shumei Kobayashi, who studied both techniques in Kanazawa, has given new life to the two styles of Yuzen. He applies the boldness of Tsutsugaki on silk just as successfully as he uses the delicate lines of Itome Yuzen on cotton.

Shumei is a rare artist who can handle both the Tsutsugaki and Itome methods freely, regardless of the type of fabric used. His art is truly a feast for our eyes.

By Shinichi Hanaoka
An authority in the research of Kaga Yuzen

Profile

   

1950 

Born in Osaka, Japan
1970 Receives guidance from artists Motohiko Katano, Tatsuaki Kuroda, Uzan Kimura, Shin Kajiyama
1971

Receives award at First Hokuriku Dyeing Design Competition

1973

Selected at All Japan Textile Design Competition

1974 Graduates from Craft Department, Kanazawa University of Arts & Crafts.
Joins Toyobo Textile Company as staff of Design Section
Receives Encouragement Award at All Japan Textile Competition
1976-77 Joins Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers, JICA
1978

Receives three awards at All Japan Textile Competition, wins the greatest number of awards

 
  • Cotton Section Grandprix Award
  • Interior Section Grandprix Award
  • Apparel Section Award  
1979 Tsutsugaki Noren Exhibition at Blackfriars Gallery, Sydney
Receives award at All Japan Textile Competition
Lecturer at Nakanoshima Arts College, Osaka
1982 Tsutsugaki Noren Exhibition at Craft Centre, Melbourne
1984

International Exhibition at Victoria Mace Gallery, Australia

1985 Tsutsugaki Noren Exhibition at Aladdin Gallery, Sydney
1986 Receives award at Asian Textile Design Competition
Tsutsugaki Noren Exhibition at Cook Hill Gallery, Sydney
1987 Opens Design Studio Shumei
1988 Dyes costumes for Kaga geisha
  Noren tapestries and panels Exhibition at Cappacumbalong Craft Centre, Australia
1989

Creates five large Noren tapastries for Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, Hawaii, using Tsutsugaki Yuzen techniques, commissioned by Tokyu Railways

1991

Selected as one of 100 Dyers, Japan, presented by Kyoto Prefecture in cooperation with the Japan Kimono Association and the Kyoto Textile Chamber of Commerce
Exhibition at Kyoto Cultural Heian Museum, Kyoto

1992 Recording of NHK Television Broadcast The Revival of Umezome, the Roots of Kaga Yuzen
1993 Tsutsugaki Exhibition Shumei Kobayashi at Silk Love Gallery, Tokyo
1994 Tsutsugaki Exhibition Shumei Kobayashi at Erihana, Kanazawa
1995  
1996 Exhibition Tsutsugaki Yuzen Dyeing by Shumei Kobayashi at the Japan Foundation, Sydney and the Canberra College of Arts Lecture and Workshop at the Canberra College of Arts
1999

Exhibition Tsutsugaki Yuzen Dyeing by Shumei Kobayashi at Craft Victoria
Lecture at the University of Melbourne
Creates large Noren tapastries and framed works for Tetsuya’s and Azuma restaurants

2000 Lecture and demonstration at Fukagawa Edo Museum, Tokyo    Creates Noren tapastry for Tetsuya’s restaurant
2001

Lecture History of Natural Dyestuff at the Kanazawa Institute for the Renovation of Cultural Properties. Involved in the revival of Umezome 

2002 Exhibition Tsutsugaki Art Exhibition by Shumei Kobayashi at Tetsuya’s restaurant
2003

Tsutsugaki Art Exhibition by Shumei Kobayashi at the Japan Foundation, Sydney, including lecture and demonstration

2004 Recording of NHK Television Broadcast Oto no aru Fukei
2005

Lecture and demonstration Japanese Classical Hand Dyeing Method as a visiting artist at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
Third Tsutsugaki Art Exhibition by Shumei Kobayashi at the Japan Foundation, Sydney

2007

Exhibition Furoshiki - Reviving a Dying Art at the Japan Foundation, Sydney
Tsutsugaki Exhibition Shumei Kobayashi at Silk Love Gallery, Tokyo

   
 
 
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