Waves Exhibition Film 2018
mediaposted on 02.05.2018, 09:26 by caroline collingecaroline collinge
Inspired by Japanese paper stencils used within textile printing of kimonos, ‘katagami’ literally meaning ‘pattern paper’ in Japanese, ‘Waves’ draws inspiration from the rich textile culture of Japan in particular the traditional art of paper folding ‘origami’. The title of the piece was sparked by the water and wave inspired patterns that are a common motif within the katagami stencils. Katagami paper stencils were influential in informing the Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement in the West.
The costumed performance by Masumi Saito explores the architecture of a paper costume that incorporates katagami and origami techniques within the making of the textiles. The costume itself is made from 20 meters of Japanese mulberry paper that has been intricately folded and cut before being fashioned to a kimono design with an extended skirt. The folded textiles for the costume uses a traditional Japanese fold, ‘waterbomb’ fold, and a circular fold thought to originate from the Bauhaus School of Art and Design, Germany.
The performance explores how costume can combine with the performer’s choreographed movements to create a sequence of transformative forms originating from the costumed body. The film is non-narrative and is mainly an audio visual spectacle for the eye that celebrates colour and movement supported by an accompanying soundscape. The style of the film is inspired by early moving pictures and the documentation of the choreography and costumes of the American choreographer Loie Fuller