From Japan With Love – a beautiful new capsule collection

    Liberty has historically been shaped by a long-standing respect and passion for Japanese design.

    In 1889, Emma Liberty and her husband Arthur took a trip to Japan that deepened their love for the country’s unparalleled artisanship and creative heritage. Emma, an avid photographer kept a pictorial record of their journey which was made into a leather bound journal that remains in our archive today.

    The creative bond between Liberty and Japan remains unbroken to the present day – since 1988, a team of Liberty designers based in Tokyo have helped to maintain this exchange of artistic ideas with Liberty’s London design studio.

    The new Liberty Fabrics collection ‘From Japan With Love’ honours this admiration for the creativity and craftsmanship of the Japanese arts.

    Enriching the Liberty archive and maintaining the historic practice of working with independent creatives, the Liberty design team collaborated with eight contemporary artists working within a wide range of graphics, textiles and fine art mediums to showcase the broad diversity of Japanese design.

    The Liberty Fabrics design team transformed these diverse artworks into beautiful new fabric prints. Each finished print reflects a different influential facet of Japanese art and design, celebrating our respect and admiration for this culturally captivating country.


    MEET THE ARTISTS

    NANA SHIOMI

    Nana Shiomi is an multi award-winning artist-printmaker with a long and pedigreed career of work that often tackles the dualities that are implied to exist within the world and within art itself – left and right, man and woman, East and West. Shiomi’s work draws upon Japanese art traditions such as ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking, interpreted in a deeply thoughtful and modern way. One print draws from the grid formation of ‘One Hundred Views of Mitate’, while the other translates the water and koi fish motifs of‘The Sound of Waterfall’ a into a repeat pattern.

    nanshiomi.com


    FACE

    Face Oka aims to challenge the flattening and homogenising effects of mass-production with his hand-drawn illustrations. He works closely with fashion brands, musicians and magazine publishers, always creating works in a style that expresses his unique worldview. For this collaboration with Liberty Fabrics he created a richly detailed narrative print that unites a variety of disparate yet harmonious elements – always inviting you to look a little closer.

    faceoka.com


    YURI HIMURO

    Textile designer Yuri Himuro creates collections that explore the unique and often surprising results that occur from interactions between people and textiles. Specialising in jacquard weaving and cutting, Himuro often snips away the surface section of the threads to create new and unexpected colours and shapes. She has won many international awards for her work, including from Dwell and Elle Deco, and previously collaborated with Liberty Fabrics for ‘Liberty Champions’.

    H-M-R.net


    AI TERAMOTO

    Ai Teramoto likes to explore human nature within her work, which is suffused in every design with a sharp, heartfelt expressiveness that draws from manga and graphic novel styles. An interest in cosmic elements is visible in her print for Liberty Fabrics, with its eccentric constellations of zodiac-like elements drawn from everyday life.

    aiteramoto.com


    NORITAKE

    Noritake’s charming and ultra-minimalist designs can be found adorning phone cases, socks and baseball caps, as well as in advertisements and fashion publications across the internet and in print – in Tokyo, you’re particularly likely to walk past his distinctive illustrations on a regular basis. The Liberty Fabrics designers have used his work to create unique dotty prints, featuring a little figure draped across the curve of each circle.

    noritake.org


    YUKO KANATANI

    Yuko Kanatani’s work combines a dazzling explosion of psychedelic colours with a meticulously ordered geometry. Joyful in spirit, her pop-inflected pieces are created through painting, collaging, installation and animation, all presented with a dynamic and infinite sense of movement. Kanatani is inspired by countercultural ‘60s music,with asymmetrical designs ‘She’s a MOYPUP’ and ‘Magical MOYPUP’ implanting the vibrancy of her favourite invented word into iconic song names of the era.

    moypup.net


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