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Samiro Yunoki’s Shibuya Home-Studio

Last month, Commune had the pleasure of visiting the home-studio of Samiro Yunoki in Tokyo. Born in 1922, Yunoki is still actively producing drawings and textile art. Most of his life has been spent living in this home in Shibuya. He is a master of a traditional Japanese stencil dying technique called katazome, or “dying from a form.” Speaking of his work in Idee Magazine, Yunoki believes that traditional crafts are “not just a decoration. The essence of traditional crafts is the solid motivation of artists backed by genuine skills and materials. So I think we should broaden the definition of art and call all the creation ‘art’ with no distinction between ‘fine art’ and ‘crafts.’”