The KURA gallery of ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO presents KURA Exhibition “INK MARBLING”
2021∙08∙26 | Gallery
ISSEY MIYAKE KYOTO｜KURA
KURA Exhibition “INK MARBLING”
Stones peek out from beneath a murmuring stream, as though they are taking a rest from their long journey from mountain to sea, and from rocks to sand. Some are round and smooth, and others long and slender. No two have the same shape.
ISSEY MIYAKE AUTUMN WINTER 2021/22 collection As the Way It Comes to Be looks at the various expressions—colors, shapes, and forms—found in nature as they are, and develops them in the context of a piece of cloth.
This exhibition introduces suminagashi (ink marbling) which is one of the dyeing techniques used in the collection. Craftspeople drop and speckle dye solutions over a large, shallow tray of water, where the dye solutions spread out freely and form an organic pattern, and then transfer that pattern directly onto a clean fabric by soaking it up. Each pattern is one of a kind created skillfully and fluently by hand at a studio in Kyoto.
At the venue, a piece of suminagashi fabric is laid out like a stream flowing. Expressions of the glimmer on the water surface and the bubbles that come up from between the stones are brought forward lively with special lighting, in addition to a video of the suminagashi technique.
This exhibition presents the strength of nature and the beauty of the technique in a simple ensemble of fabric, light, and images.