Renowned printmaker Koichi Yamamoto held an Open Studio with an informal artists talk at Mirabo Press on Tuesday, October 1, 2019, from 5:30 to 8:00PM.
Koichi's kites are made from traditional materials such as bamboo (for flexibility) and translucent Japanese kozo paper (for lightness and strength). Before construction of a kite begins, each sheet of kozo is intaglio printed with his unique images visualizing the movement of water, air and atmosphere. The resulting kites combine arresting visual images, conventional craft methodologies and sustainable materials. Created to be experienced outside of institutional walls and to mirror the ephemeral nature of existence, the kites in flight are whimsical, transcendent, and simply beautiful to behold.
Koichi worked with a small group of 6-8 students on a daily basis both in and out of the classroom studio. These students participated in all phases of the project development, learning and practicing their new skills. They observed as he drew elaborate images on large sheets of lexan (similar to plexiglas) and on smaller sheets of copper using a variety of tools. Next, students assisted as the plates were inked, hand-wiped and printed on kozo paper. After the prints dried a few days they were stretched and added to the kite frames. After the kites were made the students joined Yamamoto in test flying the kites in various locations and wind conditions.