Liz Valenti

Japanese Shirts

Japanese Shirts

I travelled to Japan in 2015 and visited many museums, collections and galleries.

I was particularly inspired by the very graphic designs of the traditional kites in the Kite Museum in Kyoto. I visited a washi (paper) warehouse in Kyoto and bought a number of specialist papers – some were kimono designs printed using small screens.

I have used these papers in this series, carefully cutting and slicing them. I used this series to combine the East – kimono with the West – shirt.

Brown / White Kite Shirt

The inspiration for this piece was a visit to the Kite Museum in Kyoto, Japan. Most of the kites were made of paper. I loved the bold abstract shapes on some of them. The Japanese enjoy detail & my buttons are of Hokusai postcards with other small details of gift bags and newspaper cuttings.

Signed original
74 x 74 cms framed
£2,500
©️ Liz Valenti 2019

Calligraphy Kimono Shirt

In making this piece I was interested in the combination of kimono and shirt. East meets West. The buttons are of Hokusai print postcards, the calligraphy from an ancient ledger, and the colourful edges from paper bought in a paper warehouse in Kyoto.

Signed original
74 x 74 cms framed
£2,500
©️ Liz Valenti 2019

Newspaper Cutting Shirt

While visiting Japan I loved the strong graphics I saw everywhere. Particularly enjoyable because I didn’t understand any of it! In the same way I enjoyed the newspapers and used cuttings for this shirt. I pretended to stitch them. The toggles are made of paper string & the label in the neck is a gift bag.

Signed original
74 x 74 cms framed
£2,500
©️ Liz Valenti 2019

Striped Calligraphy Kimono Shirt

This is an exploration of shirt meets kimono using a combination of newspaper cuttings & very crisply screen printed washi papers on black industrial waste. The right sleeve is an ancient ledger. The toggles are of paper string.

Signed original
74 x 74 cms framed
£2,500
©️ Liz Valenti 2019