Kinusaiga art is a combination of several techniques – patchwork and batik, and even wood carving, or painting on wood with pieces of silk. And the pictures are created from recycled materials. The founder of the Kinusaiga art – Japanese master Maeno Takashi – professor at the University. Art exhibitions of her works s actively visited, books are sold well. Kinusaiga – pretty young art, year of birth – 1987, but these pictures has already gained popularity all over the world. Japanese and Chinese Kinusaiga art is poetic, quiet, harmonious.
What is the technique of these paintings? All starts from a drawing on paper, then everything is painted, each piece with a different color. These fragments are numbered, then all lines are transferred to the wooden board where the same numbering happens. Along the contour of a sketch is cut a groove depth of 2 mm. Then from the old silk kimono are cut small pieces, the matching colored pieces of slightly larger size (1 mm). The mosaic is made – the edges of these patches of silk fill the groove with a special tool, and the piece is glued into place.
During the filling of the grooves – a piece of cloth on the author’s intention is stretched, and in some places, it is folded. Previously used mainly silk, but now increasingly use linen and viscose. And it’s a combination of different textures give the painting a certain charm.
Pictures made in Kinusaiga technique look very realistic and resemble living pictures. Fine silk, perfectly matched in color and texture, creates a volume effect. Fantasy of authors has no limit – cityscape, wildlife landscapes, still lifes, flowers, people. The background – ideal nature, freed from all the rough landscapes, amazing sky, mountains – just what we saw in drawing of classical Japanese and Chinese painters.
Paintings made in Kinusaiga technique are expensive, since each painting is exclusive, the picture is created for a long time, carefully and painstakingly. Even training is a very long process.