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Sculpture - Mobius

Mobius

  • Object:

    Sculpture

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Honma, Kazue, born 1953 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Strapping tape and persimmon tannin

  • Museum number:

    FE.14-2004

  • Gallery location:

    20th Century, Room 76, case 15

Honma Kazue (b.1953) is one of a group of Japanese basket-makers led by the influential Sekijima Hisako (b.1944) who, since the early 1980s, have embarked on a journey of often radical experimentation that has set them aside from Japan's traditional basket-making fraternity. Since the mid-1990s Honma has established a considerable reputation for herself through an active programme of exhibitions in Japan and the USA.

This piece was made for and bought from the Crafts Council's COLLECT art fair held at the V&A in 2004. It complements three baskets by Sekijima Hisako already in the collection.

Physical description

Mobius form made up of randomly plaited lengths of flat multi-stranded paper strapping partially fringed and overworked with highly twisted single-strand lengths made by pulling apart the individual strands of the original multi-stranded material; persimmon tannin partially applied to the multi-stranded paper strapping is visible across the surface of the object

Place of Origin

Japan (made)

Date

2004 (made)

Artist/maker

Honma, Kazue, born 1953 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Strapping tape and persimmon tannin

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm, Width: 28 cm maximum, Depth: 31 cm maximum

Object history note

Made for the Crafts Council's COLLECT art fair held at the V&A, 20-24 February 2004. Bought as a good complement to the three baskets by Sekijima Hisako acquired in Tokyo in 1992 (FE.423, 424, 425-1992).

Historical context note

The artist is one of a group of Japanese basket-makers led by the influential Sekijima Hisako (b.1944) who, since the early 1980s, have embarked on a journey of often radical experiementation that has set them aside from Japan's traditional basket-making fraternity.

Descriptive line

Japan, modern crafts, studio, basketry; Honma Kazue
Sculpture, 'Mobius', strapping tape and persimmon tannin, Japanese, by Kazue HONMA (1953-), 2004
Cardboard box

Labels and date

5. 'MOBIUS'
Designed and made by Honma Kazue
(Japanese, born 1953-)
Japan, 2004
Strapping tape and persimmon tannin
FE.14-2004 []

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

East Asia Collection

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