Renowned for its superb invention, ingenuity, and sense of pattern, Japanese design has long been admired in the West. One specific kind of ornamentation, known as "mon, "is especially recognized for its unusually rhythmic and engrossing patterns. Originally designed to serve as family emblems or crests, "mon "have also been used in Japan as trademarks and for decorating such objects as kimonos and lacquered furniture. This volume presents 800 of these attractive, copyright-free designs, ready for use or adaptation by today's commercial artists, craftspeople, and designers. Combining stylized natural and geometric forms to produce striking images, "mon" lend themselves to a wide range of applications: textile and wallpaper design, floor coverings, jewelry, mosaics, and much more. A special feature of this book is the inclusion of a number of designs by the great artist Hokusai, selected from an extremely rare edition originally published in 1824. In addition, the collection contains figures based on written characters, geometrical pattern construction, kimonos, and other motifs. Jack Hillier, a well-known author and authority on Japanese art, has provided an informative and enlightening introduction to this exciting and useful design form. Dover (1994) republication of designs and English text from the work published by University of Toronto Press, Toronto, and Amstutz de Clivo Press, Zurich.
In-depth guide to ancient Native American crafts focuses on the techniques of the western Sioux. Explanations of techniques involved in quillwork, including dyeing and sewing, beadwork methods. More than 80 photographs and drawings depict handsome motifs on articles of clothing including vests, shirts, robes, dresses, leggings, moccasins, blankets, saddlebags, and shields.
Drawn from traditional Japanese family crests, this collection presents 1,160 exotic black-and-white patterns, symbols, and decorative devices. They span a tremendous variety of styles, from utter simplicity to florid majesty.
The motifs are organized according to broad thematic categories such as "the cosmos, heaven and earth" and "animals of the land and sea," among others, allowing for broad reading on a number of topics of interest to a wide variety of readers, including collectors of Asian art and students of Japan.".
Definitive catalogue of Japanese heraldic crests featuring almost unlimited variety of plant, animal, bird, and geometric forms, from "wild goose" to "folding fan" to "mountain and mist," each with dozens of variations. 4,260 illustrations.
This selection of royalty-free designs from a rare 1882 catalog of transferable designs for carriages and buggies includes ornamental crests, coats of arms, shields, mottos, and a wealth of other eye-catching designs — many incorporating dogs, handsome steeds, various birds, wild beasts, mythical creatures, and other eye-catching images.
With dozens of photographs and expertly written text, this Japanese clothing book is the authoritative guide on the kimono. Japanese Costume invites the reader to explore the world of Japan’s textile arts and costume decoration—from its origins in legendary times, through its brilliant development in the intervening centuries, to its emergence into the modern era. The book which is the first in English to present the full sweep of Japanese achievement in the costume arts, is essential the story of the kimono and its evolution. The text is accompanied by a generous selection of fine illustrations and photographs: 54 in full color, 119 in black and white, and 12 line drawings. They include not only pictures from contemporary sources—such as the picture scrolls and woodblock prints— but also photographs of kimono masterpieces and representative textiles.
INTRODUCTION Kamon or family crests are art motifs, which have been adopted as insignia by families and handed down through the ages. The heraldic emblems of Japan are simpler and aesthetically finer than European coats of arms. The clarity and elegance of kamon are now highly valued throughout the world as a new design or motif, and applied widely in various ways in such fields as handicraft, interior and textile designs. In this book, 4,080 traditional crests are collected. The Yin (white on a black background) of each crest is presented on the left page, and the Yang (reversed motif) on the right page. Accordingly, the total number of motifs comes to 8,160. All the designs are free of copyright, so you can use them as they are or as a source of inspiration. -Editor
Abstracts of journal articles, books, essays, exhibition catalogs, dissertations, and exhibition reviews. The scope of ARTbibliographies Modern extends from artists and movements beginning with Impressionism in the late 19th century, up to the most recent works and trends in the late 20th century. Photography is covered from its invention in 1839 to the present. A particular emphasis is placed upon adding new and lesser-known artists and on the coverage of foreign-language literature. Approximately 13,000 new entries are added each year. Published with title LOMA from 1969-1971.
Born of Japan's cultural encounter with Western entertainment media, manga (comic books or graphic novels) and anime (animated films) are two of the most universally recognized forms of contemporary mass culture. Because they tell stories through visual imagery, they vault over language barriers. Well suited to electronic transmission and distributed by Japan's globalized culture industry, they have become a powerful force in both the mediascape and the marketplace.This volume brings together an international group of scholars from many specialties to probe the richness and subtleties of these deceptively simple cultural forms. The contributors explore the historical, cultural, sociological, and religious dimensions of manga and anime, and examine specific sub-genres, artists, and stylistics. The book also addresses such topics as spirituality, the use of visual culture by Japanese new religious movements, Japanese Goth, nostalgia and Japanese pop, "cute" (kawali) subculture and comics for girls, and more. With illustrations throughout, it is a rich source for all scholars and fans of manga and anime as well as students of contemporary mass culture or Japanese culture and civilization.
In the second volume of Lafcadio Hearn's essays on the culture of nineteenth-century Japan, readers are given an firsthand look inside a society that was long cloaked by secrecy and a suspicion of outsiders. These closely observed anecdotes and vignettes will engage fans of top-notch travel writing.
In 1889, Westerner Lafcadio Hearn arrived in Japan on a journalistic assignment, and he fell so in love with the nation and its people that he never left. In 1894, just as Japan was truly opening to the West and global interest in Japanese culture was burgeoning, Hearn published this delightful series of essays glorifying what he called the "rare charm of Japanese life." Beautifully written and a joy to read, Hearn's love letters to the land of the rising sun enchant with their sweetly lyrical descriptions of winter street fairs, puppet theaters, religious statuaries, and even the Japanese smile and its particular allure. Presented here in one combined volume, Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan is a wonderful journal of immersion on a foreign land that will bewitch Japanophiles and travelers to the East. Bohemian and writer PATRICK LAFCADIO HEARN (1850-1904) was born in Greece, raised in Ireland, and worked as newspaper reporter in the United States before decamping to Japan. His writings include In Ghostly Japan (1899), Japan: An Attempt at Interpretation (1904), and Kwaidon (1904), a book of Japanese ghost stories.
The ancients attached the utmost importance to the significance of trees, their poetic and impressive language. We find this when we read the Scriptures, look at our oriental rugs, or examine a Gothic cathedral. -from "Trees" What did the dolphin symbolize to the ancient Egyptians? What color is traditionally associated with the intellectual discipline of philosophy? Why did the English and Irish dread the coming of a banshee? This highly browsable and amazingly informative little volume, first published in 1912, is a guide to ancient symbology-including trees, colors, numbers, animals, angels, fabulous creatures, demons, gems, and crosses and other geometric and architectural forms-that offers the reader at a glance the interrelated crosscultural context for emblems of power, magic, and meaning. Artists and designers will find enormous inspiration, readers of mythology will find necessary grounding, and the merely curious will find endlessly engaging historical tidbits.