Kanagawa Gallery Sanpo
File.11 UMI Yuigahama Invitation Mountain
Shino Yamamoto (Gallery Watts)
This time, let's take you to the gallery, which has been around for many years, thinking "I want to go!"
It is a gallery in Kamakura called "Gallery Invitation". There are YAMA and UMI in Gallery Invitation, but this time we went to "UMI Invitation Yuigahama". As the name suggests, when you get off Kamakura Station, head toward the sea. I'll walk for a while, but when the weather is nice, the cityscape feels good!
The lush green courtyard suits the gentle rain. The building overlooking the courtyard is Asai Kanemon's atelier. The interior of the house, including the ones collected as painting materials, is left as it was at that time, and it is said that it is open to the public from time to time.
The works of Asai Kanemon are also in the Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art. Many people have seen roses painted with thick oil paint and landscapes reminiscent of a circus.
* There is no end to the story of handicrafts with the embroidery artist Hitomi Usutani (right) who is exhibiting his work.
“At Gallery Invitation, we introduce old tools related to clothing, food and housing, and works by contemporary artists,” says owner Yasuyo Watanabe (left photo), who has a unique atmosphere. Originally from an art school design field, he seems to be interested in the background in which things are born.
I love fabrics, especially those in Central Asia such as Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, and the collection is wonderful.
"The cloth shows the texture unique to the area and techniques such as patterns and embroidery unique to the ethnic group, and I find it interesting that it is profound."
Is that why? It seems that the number of exhibitions by cloth artists is increasing here. At the time of my visit, Hitomi Usutani's "Poetry Exhibition" was being held.
The main embroidery motif of Hitomi Usutani is letters.
"When I saw the Hebrew Bible, it looked like a beautiful pattern and I wanted to sew it!"
Hitomi originally likes reading and writes her own lyrics. It is said that it will be more uplifting when embroidering the lyrics of Patti Smith, who is called the Queen of Punk and spelled the words as a poet, and Jack Kerouac, a novelist who represents Beat Generation.
"When I'm depressed, when I read the poem, it seems that the words are close to me, and I can help. So, by spelling each needle, it may represent a form that is somewhere in my heart. May "
Rather than proper letters, I got a sense of rhythm and a comfortable impression by connecting them like symbols through Hitomi, or a little at random.
On the chair is a work that is still in the process of being produced. Beside it is a mouse pincushion made of felt. "This mouse has always been my companion."
"What suits you? What does it mean to live your own way?"
Hitomi said that he tried various handicrafts such as glass crafts, weaving, and dyeing, but none of them lasted for a long time. I heard that he noticed.
The small arts that were stabbed in the hagire also had their own presence.
In fact, since he was a junior high school student, Hitomi said that he had been taken to Gallery Invitation by his mother, a dyer.
Watanabe-san told Hitomi-san, "Make what you want to make anyway."
"It may sell better in the form. But don't think about anything extra, just keep tingling as you want. That will bring out that person's personality."
The embroidery of Hitomi, who looked like the Snow Queen, has been added to this year's Christmas display.
The embroidered Sanskrit word is said to be "as it is".
Strangely, it's my theme next year.
(Interviewed on December 2019)
UMI Invitation Yuigahama
4-3-14 Yuigahama, Kamakura City
Opening hours: 11: 00-17: 00 Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (with irregular holidays)
▶ ︎ About 15 minutes on foot from JR Kamakura Station