Kanagawa Gallery Stroll
( Shino Yamamoto/Galerie Watts)
I received a DM for a colorful stole that will make winter fun.
The artist is Fuminori Ono, a dyeing and textile artist living in Tokyo.
When Galerie Watts, where I work, opened (20 years ago), people would come to visit me from time to time.
And the sender is Tiptoe, a gallery in Hayama.
The gallery moved from Takarazuka to Hayama 10 years ago, and before opening the Takarazuka gallery, the owner, Kayoko Iwata, often visited Watts and talked about her dream of starting a gallery someday, and she was able to make it come true. It was.
I was surprised that these two were connected, and felt nostalgic, so I immediately went to Hayama to meet them!
From Zushi Station, take a bus bound for Hayama, get off at Kazahayabashi, and walk toward the residential area. There are quite a few houses with kayaks in front of their eaves, as you would expect from a seaside town. Somehow, the road markings are also stylish.
(This is the first time I've seen it, so I looked it up and found out that it visually looks three-dimensional, which helps reduce speed.)
Gallery Tiptoe is a house with a blue door.
We mainly sell items made by artists to enjoy life, such as tableware, clothing, and objects.
They were just in the middle of an opening party, and there were lots of delicious-looking dishes. This time's catering was by the chef of the wine shop "a day" in Zushi, which has many fans, and uses seafood from Hayama and vegetables from Kamakura, and the dishes are sprinkled with colorful colors like Ono's works. did.
At Tiptoe, each time the menu is designed to suit the nuances of the exhibition.
``Not only is it delicious, but it's also great to hear from elderly customers who now live alone saying, ``I'm looking forward to eating in a warm atmosphere,'''' says Iwata.
The table coordination is beautiful, using ceramics, glass, lacquer, and other pottery created by the artists who have exhibited here, and you will be inspired to try using similar pottery at home.
“When I choose the party decorations, I hope that it will be a little bit of a stimulus to the sensibilities of both the customers and the artists.It's an exciting process for me, too.”
After graduating from the Department of Design at Tokyo Zokei University and the Graduate School of Art and Design at Musashino Art University, the main character, Mr. Ono, got a job at Issey Miyake. There, he further discovered the fun and possibilities of textiles.
The POP shirt, tie, and details of the jacket that he wore showed a high sense of style that could only be expected from a textile lover.
In addition to independently creating art works using paper and fiber as materials, Ono also creates items for people to wear.
Mr. Iwata, who was fascinated by his work, approached him about ten years ago, and this will be his sixth solo exhibition since the one in Takarazuka.
Scarves and stoles made of dyed wool or silk and combined with stretched felt add a lightness to winter fashion, which tends to be dark in tone.
When you wear it, you can feel the gorgeousness that goes beyond just the colors, probably because of the playfulness that is unique to the sculptor Mr. Ono.
``Mr. Iwata loves roses, and he used to grow them in his garden.In the beginning, he would make requests such as ``creating nuances reminiscent of roses.'' I think so.Right now, I'm being told, ``Just do whatever you want,'' and I'm free to play around with it.''
Creations created from a relationship of trust between artists and galleries are what attract customers. It was crowded with customers who had been looking forward to it ever since they received the DM.
The coat on display this time, made of colorful wool encased in a mesh, had the impact of an abstract painting.
``I can't sew, so when it comes to making clothes, I leave it to a friend whose sensibilities I trust,'' says Ono. As I was listening to the story, I was surprised to discover that the person was actually my friend! The world is a small place (lol).
What's great is that Tiptoe has been compiling a book summarizing the artist's solo exhibitions since he moved to Hayama as a record. The photographer who was visiting for Ono-san's fourth book turned out to be an acquaintance of mine, and I met a familiar face again!!
Photographer Masaharu Sato has lived in Hayama for 15 years. We also participate in the long-running Hayama Art Festival (co-hosted with Hayama ART WALK since 2018), and are enlivening local cultural and art projects.
Mr. Sato introduced Mr. Iwata to Mr. Iwata a long time ago, and Mr. Iwata decided to move to Hayama, and Mr. Sato took all the DMs and photos.
It was a joyful moment to reflect on the history of Watts as these connections continued to emerge one after another.
And what I brought home was a scarf with vivid dots. I am immediately adopting it as an accent color for fall/winter fashion.
People I met complimented me on the ``beautiful color,'' and this scarf became a mediator for communication. The relationships that develop from there are also fun! is not it.
Fuminori Ono's exhibition will be held until December 16th (Sunday).
1422-10 Horiuchi, Hayama-machi, Miura-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
*Opening days: Generally open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Open during special exhibitions. (Reservations required for those wishing to visit on Sunday)
▶︎Bus from JR Zushi Station (Platform 1 and 2) / Bus from Keikyu Shin-Zushi Station (Platform 1)
Get off at "Kazehayabashi". 3 minutes walk