Behind the Shoji 2014
July 18-September 1, 2014
Portland Japanese Garden in the Pavilion Gallery
Regular Garden Hours
Included with Garden Admission
This annual art sale and show is a favorite with both members and visitors alike and showcases artists who create beautiful Japanese-inspired art and crafts. Each craftsperson and artist featured in Behind the Shoji brings a sense of beauty and aesthetics that carry a relationship to nature and the Garden.
Included in the show will be jewelry, ceramics, painting, photography, paper crafts, and more. We invite you to visit the Behind the Shoji world of arts and crafts, enjoy artist demos on the weekends, and incorporate a stroll through the Garden as part of the full experience.
Here is just a sampling of the artists attending this year’s show:
Ryo’s beautiful notecards with quirky drawings are handmade paper cuttings called Kirie. Influenced by everything from traditional Japanese cultural arts to anime–Ryo brings his distinctive style to Behind the Shoji. “To create his art, Ryo first starts with an image or an emotion from his own experiences that he wants to transfer to paper. From this somewhat abstract beginning, he coaxes out a whole scene filled with staggering detail and vibrant animation using pen and paper. Once the final picture is complete, he needs only a few days to cut the outlines of the design out of black paper, producing the final Kirie work.”
Lynn Gobble is a watercolor artist whose artwork is inspired by the traditional Japanese art called chigiri-e or “torn-paper pictures.” Lynn creates her multi-media collages by combining torn papers of various colors, shapes, and textures. The collages are then painted with sumi-e ink or a combination of ink and watercolor paints. “My designs are inspired by the elements of nature and I enjoy creating artwork that captures the essence of peace and tranquility a visitor absorbs when walking through the Garden. My collage art as well as my watercolor paintings have been greatly influenced over the years by my passion for Japanese design and the beauty of balance and simplicity.”
YedOmi Jewelry is designed by Naomi Campos, who has been working with metal since 1997. After welding with steel and casting in bronze, her love of working and manipulating metal turned into a jewelry-making obsession. A recognized signature of YedOmi Jewelry is the intricate caviar metal work in most pieces. Caviar metal work is a form of kinetic granulation–a laborious technique requiring thin strands of sterling silver to be melted and then fire-set individually to create tiny balls that are called caviar. In many of YedOmi’s handmade jewelry pieces the caviar is clustered together. Their intricate metal works stands alone or shimmers elegantly with beautiful gemstones. YedOmi Jewelry’s distinctive look is recognized by many for its clean yet delicate designs that capture their use of caviar metal work, hand sawing, and hammered metal details.
Yoshi, from Fukuoka, Japan, is a resident artist and instructor at Baltimore Clayworks. His delicate designs are based in the traditions of Japan. About his art he says, “Design and function of the work are influenced by my heritage. Porcelain and translucent glazes, such as celadon, historically sustain the value and also suggest the fascination toward elegance and beauty. In Japan, especially among the high-class society in the old time, it is a luxury to alternate dinnerware according to the season. In the forms of function, I always reference what I saw on the table as I grow up, the seasonal dishes served, and even the relationships with user/viewer.”