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Mori Yoshitoshi

Japanese, 1898-1992

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Born and bred in Tokyo, Mori grew up among the shopkeepers and blue collar workers who gave the city its brash, defiant character. Harsh economic realities made it necessary for him to work from a young age, but an interest in art led him to study painting and textile design. He discovered the Folk Art movement through a lecture given by its founder, Yanagi Sôetsu (1889-1961). Mori helped to form a group dedicated to traditional dyeing practices, where he met Serizawa Keisuke (1895-1984), a pioneer in the revival of stencil printing in textiles and prints. He joined Serizawa in Okinawa to study traditional stencil dyeing methods, but went his own way to develop stenciling as a medium for prints.



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