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These postcards were designed by Toyokazu Ono at his Yotsume dye studio.
Both designs depict scenes from Miyajima in Ono’s home prefecture of Hiroshima. In one case the design closely follows Ono’s work in dye, and recreates a continuous stencil made pattern. In the other, the design shows clearly the deer, and monkeys, for which a visit to the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima is known.
They are 10cm by 14.8cm.
Yotsume Somenuno-sha is the dye studio of Toyokazu Ono. Based in Kunisaki on the north-eastern tip of Kyushu island, Ono practices katazome, or Japanese stencil dye. From a family who have made dye works for temples and Japanese businesses for more than a century, Ono takes his influences from the mid-century revival in katazome led by Keisuke Serizawa, and modern stencil based graffiti. The results are handmade dye works rich in colour and pattern, that offer both a contemporary riff on a traditional craft, and tap into a rich aesthetic seam.