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Shibusa: extracting beauty

Adkins, Monty and Dickens, Pip (2012) Shibusa: extracting beauty. University of Huddersfield Press, Huddersfield. ISBN 9781862181014

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      Shibusa – Extracting Beauty celebrates a number of artistic endeavours: music, painting and the skill of making in general with particular reflection upon Japanese aesthetics.

      Composer, Monty Adkins and visual artist, Pip Dickens (through a Leverhulme Trust Award collaboration) investigate commonality and difference between the visual arts and music exploring aspects of rhythm, pattern, colour and vibration as well as outlining processes utilised to evolve new works within these practices.

      The hand-cut paper Katagami stencil: a beautiful utilitarian object once used to apply decoration on to Japanese kimonos, is used as a poignant symbol – the ‘hand-made machine’ - by Adkins and Dickens both within the production of paintings and sound compositions and as a thematic link throughout the book.

      The book reviews examples of a number of contemporary artists and craftspeople and their individual approaches to ‘making things well’. It explores the balance between hand skills and technology within a work’s production with particular reference to Richard Sennett’s review of material culture in The Craftsman.

      Shibusa – Extracting Beauty includes contributing essays by arts writer, Roy Exley, who examines convergence and crossover within the arts and an in-depth history, and review, of the kimono making industry by Kyoto designer, Makoto Mori.

      Item Type: Book
      Additional Information: Size: 280 x 210mm, Number of images: 97, Images in colour: 89
      Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
      G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GT Manners and customs
      M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
      N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
      Schools: School of Art, Design and Architecture
      School of Music, Humanities and Media > CeReNeM
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      Depositing User: Graham Stone
      Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2012 12:50
      Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 10:13


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