about “KYO MAKIE”

Makie is a Japanese lacquer craft technique established in the Heian era. It is very delicate technique and developed in Kyoto mainly, and spread as a Kyo Makie nationwide. After Heian era middle stage, it was popular among the noble and used as decoration of temple building and furnitures. There are three basic techniques of Makie, “Hira makie“, “Taka Makie“, and “Togidashi Makie“.

Hira makie” is drawing a pattern with lacquer and finish up with gold powder.

Taka makie” is creating a shape with lacquer or charcoal powder, tin powder, silver powder, lacquer rust etc and then sprinkling gold powder etc and finishing up.

Togidashi Makie” is sprinkling coarse gold powder etc on the pattern drawn with more lacquer, solidifying it with more lacquer polishing out with charcoal and cleaning it up.

There are infinite expression methods when using each technique together. The kind of gold powder used, the difference in roughness ranging from 50 to 100 types, and the lacquer formulation all change the outcome.

In addition to that, there is a technique called  “mother‐of‐pearl work” which is  cut out of pearl oyster and abalone shell and put on the surface of the lacquerware,  a technique of “Aogai” which paints thin slices of abalone shell with lacquer and polishing it, “chickens and quail Eggshell” technique, expressing patterns with egg shells, absorbing techniques devised in each era and surviving until the present age.

Yutaro Shimode is a third-generation successor of Makie in Kyoto who inherits the wisdom of pioneering manufacturing and continues creative production.

He is committed to traditional techniques and continue expressive activities about ”shine of life” by using natural materials such as lacquer and gold and silver powder that can be reproduced any number of times.

The works have been highly appreciated not only domestically but also from overseas. He produced the decorative table for Kyoto guesthouse and accomplished reconstruction of Makie applies to important cultural properties of Kodaiji temple.He also received  his PhD (in Japan) for the first time as a traditional craftsman,and also teaches at university.

Yutaro Shimode

Shimode Makie Hall 3rd Generation
Born in Kyoto City in 1955
Doctor (academic) · Traditional Craftsman
Goddess preparation makie on Coronation ceremony and Daijyosai festival for Emperor throne, 61st and 62nd Ise Shrine ceremonial year handed down shrine treasure Makie.

At the Kyoto State Guest House, he produced a decorative table ” whispers of the eternal “.

Received a lot of awards such as Kyoto City Art Newcomer Award etc.
Department Chair and Professor, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Department of Kyoto Studies at Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto
Presentation and demonstration in the three European countries by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan brand transmission business.
While focusing on training successors, studying lacquer art, lecture on lacquer and literature, Work on writing activities.

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An art unit that collaborates mainly with respect to drawings. They have created more than one thousand carefree pictures that seem to have been drawn from the unconscious. Their pictures have the power to elicit stories in the minds of those that look at them; they provide a chance for creators across different genre to work together. The Pranks have not released a detailed profile.