Keisuke Serizawa


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(b Shizuoka, 13 May 1895; d Tokyo, 5 April 1984). Japanese textile designer. His individualistic style of katazome (stencil dyeing) was the result of his involvement in the entire process, from design, stencil cutting and application to dyeing. In 1931 he executed a stencil-dyed cloth design for the bound cover of the first issue of the movement's monthly publication Kōgei (‘Crafts’, 1931-51), of which he was editor for a year. Using such elements as natural scenes, motifs from everyday life and Japanese characters as his subjects, Serizawa established a novel, poetic world of textiles that combined an excellent sense of colour and design. In 1956 he was designated a Living National Treasure for preserving and developing the craft of stencil dyeing; in 1981 the Municipal Serizawa Keisuke Art Museum was opened in Shizuoka.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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