[Symposium] "Fashioning Colors: New Perspectives on Japanese Prints" at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

Event Date: 
Thursday, July 12, 2018
Fashioning Colors: New Perspectives on Japanese Prints at the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in Norwich on July 12, 2018. This event is free and open to the public.
As part of the collaborative project between Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and Worcester Art Museum, this symposium brings together a group of specialists from the fields of art history, conservation science, textile and history to explore the transmedial relationship between Japanese prints, illustrated books and textiles through their shared interests in colors, including the production of colorants, color printing technology and design patterns in Japan from the 18th to 19th centuries. One critical concern for print designers, printers and dyers was how to produce subtle, beautiful, intense and enduring colors for their works. The material, labour and expertise invested in the making of colors not only contributed to the aesthetic quality of the prints and textiles but also the economic value of the products and the social status of the owners. Color became one of the key elements to display one's power, wealth and aspiration in changing fashion trends for commoners, warriors and aristocrats. This symposium will explore what fashion meant for consumers in Japan. In a period of urbanization, commercialization and modernization, the communicative power of clothing emerged as an important tool for guaranteeing a sense of belonging and a statement of identity. By uncovering the politics of fashion, this symposium complicates our understanding of Japanese prints.
Below is a list of speakers for the symposium (in alphabetic order). The full programme will be circulated and updated to the SISJAC website later. 
  • Julie Nelson Davis (Professor, University of Pennsylvania)
  • Kayoko Fujita (Professor, Ritsumekan University)
  • Anna Jackson (Keeper of Asia, Victoria and Albert Museum) (Discussant)
  • Jeannie Kenmotsu (Assistant Curator, Portland Art Museum)
  • Capucine Korenberg (Conservation Scientist, British Museum)
  • Marco Leona (Head of Scientific Research Department, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
    Vivian Li (Associate Curator of Asian Art, Worcester Art Museum)
  • Henry Smith (Emeritus Professor, Columbia University)
  • Stephanie Su (Research Fellow, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures)
  • Ellis Tinios (Honorary Lecturer, University of Leeds)