Wednesday, December 01, 2010


Katazome (stencil-dyed) calendar page by Keisuke Serizawa (1895-1984). (Scanned from a commercially issued reproduction.)


Karen Miller said...

Well, thanks to Kit Eastman's new website/blog I have discovered another fan of Serizawa and Nishijima. I have several of the old Serizawa calendars, as well as three small desk calendars of Nishijima that I bought in the late 70s. I have a special fondness for the Nishijima woodblock prints which look so much like katazome. As I understand it he was originally a katazome artist, and a kimono maker, and later developed the same kind of designs for woodblock prints by a commercial company in Kyoto. He died in 1984. He made a lot of designs of Kyoto scenery as well as a volume of designs depicting Japanese coastal villages that was not sold outside of Japan. I have cut several recent stencils inspired by his approach to landscape. I plan a blog post
( on the subject in the quite near future.

Chris said...

Thanks for that information, Karen. I'll look forward to your post.