Silks: A Composition of Poetry

The Crypt Gallery near Euston Station in London is one of most unique spaces I’ve visited. In fact, I didn’t even realise where the gallery was until I dubiously peered into the dark doorway and found what I was looking for.

Silks: A Compositionof Poetry

I wouldn’t have known about this little-publicised exhibition if it hadn’t been for an article on the wonderful website The East. Naturally, at the sight of the word “haiku” I knew I had to check out the exhibition called Silks: A Composition of Poetry.

Here’s some more information about the exhibition, taken from The Crypt Gallery website:

Artists: Chie Kushima, David Cobb, Etsuko Jinguji, Etsuko Natsume, Miyoko Harada, Sachiko Goto, Yoshiko Takeshima, Yukiko Araki and more.

This exhibition makes use of silk to visually and artistically introduce the wide variety of Modern Japanese art forms. In the world of literature, short prose and poetry (Tanka, Haiku, etc) are the subject of much discussion. Here illustrators and picture book artists have created images based on these forms of poetry, which have then been turned into scarves, making the most of the wonderful feel of silk. The total number of scarves, each measuring 80cm by 80cm, exceeds 200 items for both the early and later exhibitions. These fresh new designs stand out brilliantly in the serene atmosphere of the old Crypt Gallery.

We have high expectations for this totally unprecedented exhibition featuring scarves that are themselves works of art. We hope to convey to the English people the lost beauty, and indeed the very heart of Japan. With the introduction of Haiku provided by the British Haiku Society we are certain we will achieve a Japanese/British cultural exchange with an unprecedented level of quality.

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The setting was perfect, and quite magical. Beautiful, colourful silk scarves hung on the rough stone walls of the gallery. The corridors led me this way and that as I wove my way through the exhibition, delighting at the combination of words and pictures.

Silks: A Compositionof Poetry

Both the poetry and the visual art were lovely and, at times, quite touching. Here’s a selection of my favourites.

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The exhibition closes at 6pm tomorrow (5th September).

3 thoughts on “Silks: A Composition of Poetry

  1. Whoa, neat. I remember that mysterious red door from my time in London… Never went inside; never knew what it was. So, it’s a gallery. How about that?

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