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Serizawa Keisuke

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Romaji Serizawa Keisuke
Kanji 芹沢 銈介
Kana
Location Shizuoka
Year Born 1895
Known For Katazome designer
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Serizawa Keisuke (May 13, 1895 - April 5, 1984) was a leading member of the mingei movement. He was designated a Living National Treasure in 1956 for his mastery of katazome.

History

Serizawa was born Oishi Keisuke, the second son of a draper, in Shizuoka City. He changed his family name to Serizawa upon marriage to Serizawa Tayo in 1917. After his marriage, he taught industrial design at the high school level.

Serizawa encountered the concept of folk crafts by reading an essay by Yanagi Muneyoshi about the Mingei Movement. He became fascinated with bingata and began to learn traditional Japanese dyeing techniques. In 1929, he submitted his first work to the Kokugakai Exhibition and won the Kokugakai Prize.

In 1934, he and his family moved to Kamata, Tokyo, at the suggestion of Yanagi and he began dyeing full-time. Serizawa developed his unique katazome dyeing technique by combining bingata and katagami stencils.[1] “The distinguishing trait of Serizawa’s katazome method is the use of the starch mixture to create, not a colored area as is current in direct-dyeing process, but a blank, undyed one that forms a part of the pattern and that can later be colored by hand in multi-color or monochrome as the designer sees fit.” [2]

In 1956, Serizawa was designated a Living National Treasure. He has had exhibitions all over the world including Paris and New York.

In 1981, the Municipal Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum was opened in the city of Shizuoka. Another museum, the Serizawa Keisuke Art and Craft Museum was opened in 1989 in Sendai. [3]

Serizawa died at the age of 88 on April 5, 1984.

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Accomplishments

  • Designation as a Living National Treasure (1956)
  • The Purple Ribbon Medal (1966)
  • The Fourth Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Japanese government (1970)
  • Designation as a “Person of Cultural Merit” (1976)[4]

Quotes

  • "A dyed flower is more real than a flower."[5]

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Work shown in Magazines

Books Published

  • Keisuke Serizawa, The Stencil Artist, Volume1. Tokyo, Tsukiji Shokan Publishing Company , Ltd., distributed by the Maruzen Co., Ltd, 1967.

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  1. Serizawa Museum
  2. Keisuke Serizawa, The Stencil Artist, Volume1. Tokyo, Tsukiji Shokan Publishing Company , Ltd., distributed by the Maruzen Co., Ltd, 1967.
  3. Wikipedia article
  4. Serizawa Museum
  5. Review of Keisuke Serizawa Art Gallery

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