With no overall composition or goal visible, the artist’s intentions pale compared to the strength of the ‘accidental.’ Shaped by the individual’s senses and preferences, the act of stitching is as powerful as the potential of the materials permits.
Shin Fukumoto – Direction of Kobo Shobu
The image and link on Slow Cloth attracted me, then I read that this takes place in Kagoshima – I was hooked (of course). Keith Recker’s “Able Embroiders” in Hand/Eye describes the project and displays the images beautifully – best I’ve seen around, actually. I also wanted to include Shobu Gakuen’s Nui Project site (all in Japanese, of course) as well as a blog with images that takes us a little more behind the scenes. I also ran across this pdf file also on Shobu Gakuen and thought some readers might find it worth a look.