SATO, Chiori

TEXTILE INSTALLATION "WA*BI"

Diploma work

I would like to present a textile installation < A Modern Living Space: Flexibility and Function > by setting woven textile works.

The theme of my diploma work is an introduction and an invitation to Japanese culture. And also the image from Finnish nature.

The basic concept of this work consists of the idea from a Japanese Tea-Room. In Japan, the tea ceremony is performed in the tea-room and has influenced many aspects of Japanese culture such as architecture, fine arts and ways of living and thinking.

The tea ceromony is the traditional ritualized way of preparing, serving and drinking tea. For Japanese people, Tea-Ceremony is also a mental dicipline for pursuing WABI.

WABI is a state of mind in which a person is calm and content with a profound simplicity and at the same time it createst a sense of form and grace that are paramount. It is a taste for simplicity and tranquilitity refined into a pure art form.

The spirit of WABI is exemplified by the tea-room. As a matter of fact, this textile installation is presented by the floor mats TATAMI and the screens SHOJI.

The floor mats TATAMI; It is one of most important features of the Japanese houses. They are usually made of straw and rush, but I used Finnish paper yarn in this work. Since a TATAMI mat is always of a designated size, roughly 90 cm by 180 cm, it also serves as a unit of measurement for the size of a room.

The screens SHOJI; It is a paper sliding door, and serves for dividing one room into two smaller rooms. Since translcuent Japanese papers are used, SHOJI is often set at the windows facing outside to control direct sunlight. In this work, it is used as curtains and partitions.

My wish is to present a quiet peaceful space and to bring nature into the house by woven textile works.

MATERIALS: 22 Textile Works for the Installation, 1 Documentation-section 63 p.
KEYWORDS: Textile Installation, Japanese Tea-Room, WABI
STORED PLACE: Department of Textile Art and Design, The UIAH Library