I feel very privileged and incredibly excited to be exhibiting a body of katazome work in my first international solo exhibition at GalleryGallery in Kyoto, Japan from 23 February - 9 March 2013.

In 2011 I was mentored by GalleryGallery owner Keiko Kawashima through JUMP, the Australia Council’s national mentoring program for young and emerging artists. s. would not have been possible without Keiko's fantastic support; the wonderful DMV Consulting Award, granted by the Capital Arts Patrons' Organisation, that I received in 2011; and the invaluable 2013 Project Funding that I received from artsACT to assist with costs of mounting an international solo exhibition.

A huge thank you to all for enabling me to enhance my practice and move to the next stage of my career.

For anyone who might be in Kyoto, Japan between now and 9 March 2013 please pop in to GalleryGallery to visit s. and to say hello.

exhibition invitation for 's.'


typographic katagami stencil series

As promised, this post is a quick little snapshot overview of 4 of the 5 completed, hand-cut katagami stencils in the hiragana 's.' typographic series.

These beautiful professional photographs were taken by Andrew Sikorski of Art Atelier Photography - thank you Andrew!

hiragana 'shi'
hiragana 'su'
hiragana 'se'
hiragana 'so'


typographic katagami stencil four: hiragana shi

This design, based on the hiragana character 'shi', is the fourth katagami stencil in the typographic series.

In my next post I will include professional photographs of 4 of the 5 katagami stencils in the series.


typographic katagami stencil three: hiragana sa

This design, based on the hiragana character 'sa', is the third katagami stencil in the typographic series. The complete series is based on the 5 hiragana characters which start with 's' - 'sa', 'shi', 'su', 'se' and 'so'.


typographic katagami stencil two: hiragana so

The second typographic katagami stencil is complete - yippee!! I'm pleased to be able to show you a couple of images of the finished stencil: hiragana 'so'.


typographic katagami stencil design: hiragana so

A second typographic katagami stencil is underway - I have been spending evenings, weekends and every spare moment hand cutting the delightful smelling smoky katagami paper. This design is based on the hiragana character 'so'.


typographic katagami stencil one: hiragana se

The finished typographic katagami stencil using the hiragana letter 'se' - hand cut and ready to use.


typographic katagami stencil design: hiragana se

It has been a while between posts - 2012 has been whizzing past in a flurry of fun and excitement. It has been a big year. Marriage, purchasing our first home, new jobs. We don't do things in halves!

But back to the studio and a new katagami stencil is underway. I am working on cutting a new typographic design - hiragana se - progress shot below.


applying nori | furoshiki three

Knowing that the nori is now the right consistency, I can happily move on to applying paste to a third stencil which can dry while I take some time to colour mix a new range of colours using straight 3% dye mixtures.

I chose to work with the first katagami stencil that I drew and cut for my JUMP project - the jitensha design in the urban series. Below are a few action shots of the pasting process.

The jitensha stencil pasted with nori

The big reveal...

Jitensha furoshiki drying after adding sand and stretching with shinshi