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Specialising in Japanese vintage and contemporary textiles, works on paper and other decorative arts.

Specialising in Japanese vintage and contemporary textiles, works on paper and other decorative arts.

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JAPANESE GRAPHIC ART

JAPANESE
GRAPHIC ART

JAPANESE GRAPHIC ART

This exhibition encompasses a unique approach to the plurality of hanga (prints) with a diversity of expressions (social and cultural views, Western elements as well as visual elements) from ukiyo-e to contemporary prints, book plates (ex-libris) book design & more.

This exhibition encompasses a unique approach to the plurality of hanga (prints) with a diversity of expressions (social and cultural views, Western elements as well as visual elements) from ukiyo-e to contemporary prints, book plates (ex libris) book design & more.
This exhibition encompasses a unique approach to the plurality of hanga (prints) with a diversity of expressions (social and cultural views, Western elements as well as visual elements) from ukiyo-e to contemporary prints, book plates (ex libris) book design & more.

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AKARI

AKARI

AKARI

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty”


’In Praise of Shadows’ - Tanizaki Jyunichiro



Akari, light in Japanese, modulates shadow and darkness. Translucent Japanese paper transfigures the moment and connects the past.

Akari embraces our souls with warmth and calmness, empowering us with the strength of light.

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty”


’In Praise of Shadows’ - Tanizaki Jyunichiro



Akari, light in Japanese, modulates shadow and darkness. Translucent Japanese paper transfigures the moment and connects the past.

Akari embraces our souls with warmth and calmness, empowering us with the strength of light.

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METAMORPHOSIS

METAMORPHOSIS

METAMORPHOSIS

After ‘opening to the West’ in the Meiji period, Japan absorbed and metamophosed many foreign influences, producing unique social, political and cultural phenomenona such as the avant grade movement.

This exhibition highlights art and design in Japanese urban mass culture during the Taisho to early Showa periods.
After ‘opening to the West’ in the Meiji period, Japan absorbed and metamophosed many foreign influences, producing unique social, political and cultural phenomenona such as the avant grade movement.

This exhibition highlights art and design in Japanese urban mass culture during the Taisho to early Showa periods.

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FASHION AND TEXTILES

“Textiles and clothing reverberate with ideas about how we clothe ourselves, how certain fabrics make us feel physically and emotionally, and how fabrics and clothing function in our culture”

- Arai Jyunichi


Fashion has long piqued our aesthetic sensibility and intellectual curiosity. Although clothes are worn on the body, they go beyond a projection of our identity - they incorporate utility, innovation and a long history of techniques and tradition.

This exhibition focuses on the role of textiles and how they speak for themselves
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TATAZUMAI

- Western Enthusiasm of Japanese Decorative and Graphic Arts -




Japanese use the term "tatazumai" to express the ‘atmosphere’ of a particular place, person or thing.
The "tatazumai" of a subject is unique and depends on where/how it is realised.
It is manifest by those who are able to perceive it.



Exhibition November 13th to December 23rd.

Open: Tuesday to Saturday

Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00pm

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JAPANESE TEXTILES AND FASHION

- Envelop Evoke Embrace -

Textiles have long played a significant role in Japanese life. Japanese weavers and dyers are renowned for producing distinctive designs with exceptional aesthetics. Japanese contemporary fashion textiles integrate historical traditions with modern technologies to produce the fresh, highly refined examples we see today.
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- The art of concentration, clarity and simplicity -


Emphasis is placed on the beauty of each individual stroke of the brush.
The wonder of the composition and the beauty of the undefined margin (invisible boundaries)
are the key factors in Japanese brush painting and calligraphy.



Exhibition

April 24th - June 6th, 2015

Open: Wednesday - Saturday
Hours : 11:00 am - 5:00 pm



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J A P A N
B L U E



" Japan is a country full of mysterious blue".

- Lafcadio Hearn


The deep and serene blue known as "Japan Blue" has long taken root amongst the populace.
The vintage feel created by the wearing of these garments and the fading of the colour was
considered chic among the people of Edo and continues today.

This exhibition glimpses the affinity of the Japanese towards indigo


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F O L D S


In the traditional Japanese art of Origami a flat sheet of paper transforms into a finished piece of
sculpture. This exhibition introduces unique approaches to creating FOLDS in old and new ways.

The gallery offers a wide range of gifts (from inexpensive items to special presents),
cards and unique wrapping for Christmas gifts.

Featured are rare textiles, clothes, ceramics, glass, prints, lamps, books and much more.

Discover something distinctive this season at Masuda Gallery.




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OMOKAGE


In Japanese Omokage means ‘image from one’s recollection’. It is also derived as ‘image appearing from the work’ in Japanese Waka (a traditional poem of 31 syllables). This exhibition explores the world in which Japanese contemporary artists invoke ingenuity and sensitivity in creating their works.




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A R T……T O……W E A R

- Spectrum of Textile Expressions -

"Textiles transform into a variety of forms. They flutter gently in the breeze and react subtly to light"

- Arai Jyunichi


Making textiles is one of the most ancient practices. People want to wear something beautiful, practical.
Traditional techniques continue to today and new technologies have given a new dimension to textile creation.

This exhibition showcases the variety and diversity of contemporary textile practice and art.



Exhibition June 12 th – July 26 th, 2014


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R E P E T I T I O NP A T T E R NR H Y T H M




Artists and designers often combine repetition, pattern &
rhythm to create an aesthetic order in their work.

This exhibition presents a fine range of Japanese textile designs,
prints, ceramics and other interesting decorative pieces.




Exhibition April 30 th – May 31 st, 2014




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F O R MT E X T U R E&S P A C E



- Sensual Perception and the Japanese Aesthetic -


Japanese often view beauty as a state, moment in time, rich in meaning and interpretation.
This exhibition reflects the Japanese approach to integrating Form, Texture & Space with works of art




Exhibition March 7th – April 12th, 2014




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S H I T S U R A I - しつらい



- Art of Living -



Shitsurai means to arrange adornments or furnishings in a way that is appropriate to a particular setting. This exhibition combines not only Japanese but Australian pieces to suggest some decorative and gift ideas for the coming festive season.



Exhibition November 15th – December 21st, 2013




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TAISHO
MODERN



The Taisho era (1912-1926) was a unique period of Japanese modernisation. After the formal restructure of the Meiji restoration, the Taisho period was more about social modernisation especially evidenced in the urban masses exploring modern Western civilisation through creative spirit, individualism and humanism.


This exhibition captures the spirit of the Taisho Period through an ecclectic and representative collection of interesting and beautiful objets d'art that will delight the viewer.



October 18th - November 8th, 2013



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INDIGO

- From Village to Urban -

Indigo dye is an organic compound with a distinctive blue colour used in creating utilitarian and sophisticated textiles. We are attracted by the sheer beauty of these naturally dyed creations by artisans and designers.

This exhibition showcases some fine examples of Japanese vintage indigo textiles as well as indigo used in contemporary fashion design.


September 6th - October 12th, 2013


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JAPANESE CONTEMPORARY
PRINTS



Based on the long tradition of fine craftsmanship and aesthetic sensibility, Japanese print artists have, and continue to, produce fascinating works. This exhibition introduces Japanese Contemporary prints in the context of the history of Japanese print-making.


Exhibition July 14th - August 31st 2013

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JAPANESE TEXTILE DESIGN



- Inspiration, Design and Technique -


This exhibition represents an exquisite range of Japanese textile designs.
You will find interesting compositions and designs employing sophisticated
techniques and themes in works with different textiles and stencil designs.



May 3rd - June 8th 2013



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J A P A N E S E
C E R A M I C S



Now and Then


This exhibition presents some ideas of decoration and
presentation with ceramics to enrich your lifestyle



Exhibition October 26th – December 1st, 2012

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K A T A C H I


- Form and Perceptions in Japanese Contemporary Design -


Katachi means 'form' in Japanese. Discover the wonders of Japanese contemporary designs. Japanese artists use unique approaches to their materials to create a subtle balance of form through innovation and tradition. This exhibition showcases Japanese contemporary fibre(textile), ceramics and wood works.


Exhibition October 26th – December 1st, 2012




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I N D I G O



- Shades of Blue -

Exhibition September 7
th – October 13th


Indigo has attracted people for centuries. Over time the deep blue
color fades producing gradations of colour and texture. Tears, tatters,
patches and stitches add exquisite character to these textiles and
create an incredible art form. This exhibition displays some
wonderful examples of Japanese indigo dyed textiles.



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T E X T I L E S O F

N U N O



- Inovative Japanese Contemporary Textiles -

Exhibition July 13
th – August 25th

Nuno Studio and its chief designer, Sudo Reiko, have been producing
a unique range of textiles since 1984. Combining traditional techniques
with modern technology it is simply magical how they "weave new ideas".
This exhibition showcases Nuno's creative and revolutionary textiles



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K A Z A R I


- The Art of Japanese Decoration -

Exhibition May 25
th – July 7th

Kazari means “adornment” in Japanese. Japanese design is known
for its simplicity and modesty, however its intricate and elaborate
surface designs also play a strong role. This exhibition displays
a variety of different forms of kazari and demonstrates
the enhancement of these effects in various forms.



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S H I B O R I
- The Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing-

Exhibition April 5th – May 12th


Shibori has become a universal term to describe resist dyeing.
Explore the colouring, patterning, structuring and transformation
of fabric through this amazing Japanese craft.




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H A N G A

- Expression in Print Making -


This exhibition shows the diversity of Japanese print
making from traditional Ukiyoe to more modern prints
reflecting the broader aspects of Japanese modernism


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MINGEI

- Japanese Contrast -

Exhibition November 4th – December 17th 2011


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RED + BLACK
- Japanese Contrast -

Exhibition July 29th – September 3rd


- Aka to Kuro -

‘Red’ (aka) is from the word ‘akarui’ or light.
Contrastingly, ‘black’ (kuro) is from the word ‘kuroi’ or dark.
In Japan, ‘red’ endorses ‘black’ in many ways.
This exhibition shows unique designs of red and black in
lacquer ware, ceramics, prints and textiles.



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BLUE + WHITE
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Japanese Indigo -

Exhibition June 17th – July 22th



'Boro' translates as “tattered rags” in Japanese. Handwoven indigo textiles saved and reconstituted in beautiful patchwork folk-craft items of utilitarian value. Farmers clothing 'noragi' and 'futon' covers were typical traditional uses and these have been saved as restored collectors items or fashioned into stunning contemporary quilts, runners, cushions and hangings.

In addition to the Indigo textiles, we present some fine examples of blue and white Japanese, Vietnamese and Chinese ceramics along with a collection of Mintons landscape tiles.



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NUNO

May 5th - June 10th 2011



An exhibition of innovative contemporary Japanese textiles combining traditional weaving techniques and aesthetics with the latest modern technologies.

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From February 25th to April 9th Masuda Gallery will be be presenting our first exhibition of 2011



KATAGAMI
Japanese Stencil Design

Japanese katagami (stencil paper for dyeing) is renown for its beautiful designs, its immaculate hand-cutting and its itoire (silk thread meshing). Traditionally used for textile printing, it inspired western silk screen printing in the late 19th century, and today it continues to inspire many contemporary artists and designers.


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Article September 2010



An article about Masako and Masuda Gallery appeared in Vogue Living Magazine, September Issue. Please select the thumbnail images below to read.


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Past Exhibitions





November 12 - December 18, 2010

ITS ONLY NATURAL

Japanese Naturally




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Oct 8 - Nov 6th, 2010


MEISEN
Japanese Modernity


Katazome is a Japanese traditional dyeing technique using stencils.Traditionally the stencils were hand cut, with hand applied single silk thread gauze to provide strength. They were used in creating uniquely appealing repetitive katazome designs on paper as well as cotton, silk and linen textiles. Today the old stencils are collected in their own right; and they also are used to create contemporary design features such as lamps and unique T-shirt designs.

This exhibition featured over 100 stencils, examples of katazome indigo fabric, screens, kimino, hanten (jackets), lamps and T-shirts.

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Aug 6 - Sep 4, 2010


KATAZOME
Rhythms in Pattern


Katazome is a Japanese traditional dyeing technique using stencils.Traditionally the stencils were hand cut, with hand applied single silk thread gauze to provide strength. They were used in creating uniquely appealing repetitive katazome designs on paper as well as cotton, silk and linen textiles. Today the old stencils are collected in their own right; and they also are used to create contemporary design features such as lamps and unique T-shirt designs.

This exhibition featured over 100 stencils, examples of katazome indigo fabric, screens, kimino, hanten (jackets), lamps and T-shirts.

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July 2 - July 31, 2010

Hanga
The Art of Japanese Printmaking

 

Traditional Japanese printmaking known as ukiyo-e were collaboratively created by the artist, the carver, the printer and the publisher.  It flourished from the 17th to19th century and had a profound influence on the early impressionists. In response to the impact of photography in the early 20th century, two new print movements emerged: Shin Hanga made in the traditional way but aimed at a Western audience; and Sosaku Hanga, strongly influenced by Western expressionism, but with little commercial success until ‘discovered’ by the US occupation forces in the 1950s.

This exhibition presented a wonderful selection of prints from ukiyo-e to the contemporary.

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June 4 - June 26, 2010

Shibori
Captured by Texture

 

Shibori is a traditional Japanese resist-dye technique of textile patterning. The amazing colours, patterns and textures are made by binding, stitching, folding, twisting and compressing cloth before the textiles are dyed. the tradition lives today and this exhibition shows Japanese traditional and contemporary shibori in context, suggesting ways of living with and enjoying exquisite hand made textiles.

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The opening of our first exhibition 'Shibori' was well attended and a surprising success despite the bad weather. Thank you all for coming.

The concept of the gallery as a space for people to discuss design and style was well received by all the visitors. This contextual presentation will form the basis for our ongoing thematic exhibitions.



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AKARI

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“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty”


’In Praise of Shadows’ - Tanizaki Jyunichiro



Akari, light in Japanese, modulates shadow and darkness. Translucent Japanese paper transfigures the moment and connects the past.

Akari embraces our souls with warmth and calmness, empowering us with the strength of light.

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty”


’In Praise of Shadows’ - Tanizaki Jyunichiro



Akari, light in Japanese, modulates shadow and darkness. Translucent Japanese paper transfigures the moment and connects the past.

Akari embraces our souls with warmth and calmness, empowering us with the strength of light.

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