Monthly Archives: July 2014

A trip:Experiencing Traditional Japanese WASHI making with our residences.


We visited the Gallery of Yame traditional craft in YAME.
One of our residence artist Theresa is interested in WASHI, Traditional Japanese paper.
So we made a short trip!!

You can study about history, and how to make Washi. There are variety kinds of Washi and actually you can buy. The most exciting thing there is you can experience making washi(Japanese paper).

The lessons had started, Traditional japanese paper making.

Those flowers, glass can be used as decorations.




In order to fix flowers&glass, the liquid materials should be poured over.

Once it is dry, it’s DONE, ORIGINAL hand-made WASHI.

We would like to organise more short trips for residence artists to experience something traditional japanese techniques&culture while they are staying.

We all enjoy the trip anyway!

Announcing: Theresa Daddezio’s exhibition “Rhythms, Repetitions, Redundancies.”

We are happy to announce a new exhibition from one of the artists in the Studio Kura residence program.

Theresa Daddezio Rhythms, Repetitions, Redundancies.

Theresa Daddezio is a visiting artist from Brooklyn, NY. Her work conveys the beauty in the monotony of daily life represented through the repetition of a small, singular gesture.

During her stay, she has created an exhibition deconstructing certain elements of the local landscape. She uses rice paper as her surface to highlight the cyclical nature of existence: rice that is the primary form of sustenance, also serves as a prevalent form of communication. The landscape outside Studio Kura has been used as her main referential point. In this installation, the integral parts of a landscape are created separately- illuminating one elemental aspect from the others. The small marks add up to create a larger color field like that of the rice patties seen at a distance. The sound portraits are created from recordings she has made of cicada songs in the evening time while out on the field. Finally, the more illustrative landscapes capture the directness of the photographic memory. Taken from afar and removed- like edited versions of what is found beautiful or sublime. These photos are selective and edited versions of the area, miniature memories, and capture the image of the landscape, but not the experience. Together, these sounds, reflections, and the documented images are portrayed in layers of repetition that seek to attain a wholeness of the physical experience of being in the surrounding environment.

We would love to see you at the opening party.

Theresa Daddezio exhibition “Rhythms, Repetitions, Redundancies.”
Date: July 25th to 27th; open from 11:00 to 19:00 (free entrance)
The opening party will be on July 26th (Saturday), from 17:00.

Organized by: Studio Kura

Theresa Daddezio’s profile
Theresa Daddezio’s website

Report: Beck Wheeler’s Solo Exhibition “Itoshima Characters”

Hello, this is Ayako.
I am writing about Beck Wheeler‘s exhibition, which is taking place JULY 12th-19th, and opening party on 12th JULY.
She is from New Zealand and a multi-disciplinary artist who works across the fields of painting, sculpture and digital media.

She was inspired by ITOSHIMA, and created 3 main characters.
There are not only paintings but also wood dools were displayed on the table.
The wood dools were painted by kids from Studio Kura ART classes.
On the corner in Kura, She served her favorite Japanese sweets from Mochi Cafe.
One of the characters was actually designed from MOCHI.

She used those domestic materials to make pattern which are hanging on the wall.

Left paint:imaged from BONSAI / Right paint:imaged from MOCHI CAFE

Third character was imaged from flower.

Theresa Daddezio just arrived last week!

Hi! This is Ale.

Theresa Daddezio is a visual artist based in New York City. Her paintings reveal similarities between sound-shapes and natural phenomena. She will be staying with us for July. Find more about her on her profile page.


Theresa wanted to keep an open mind about the kind of work she would be making during her time at Studio Kura. Instead of just continuing her work, she thought it would be better to get inspired by the landscape, the materials and the culture of Itoshima in order do some work she wouldn’t be able to do elsewhere. And for now, it looks like it’s working great.

New Studio, left side

She’s loving the new studio at the second residence house.

New studio, right side

Theresa is very excited about being here so we can’t wait to see her work!

Beck Weeler designed a CUTE wood doll!

Beck Weeler, current residence artist, designed a CUTE wood doll for kids art class.

By using laser cutter at Studio Kura, the wood was cut into each parts.
Then Kids can enjoy building the wood doll and also pain as they like.
↑step1 parts were cut by laser cutter
↑Step2 removing all parts&paints them
↑Step3 building a doll