Samue Drawing by Kiro Melo

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Samue framed
Samue at 7th arrondissement town hall solo show

Art Description

Drawing: Paper, Watercolor, felt pen, Pencil on Paper.

Dimensions - 51x37 cm (unframed)
Drawing: Watercolor, felt pen, Pencil, collage.

Paper - Folded, dyed as much as possible with vegetables or plants, tea, coffee or ink, watercolour and glued to get layers of papers

90% japanese papers (Washi, Gampi…) but also Lokta, cellulose fiber, some of papers are handmade by myself

Mount - It is recommended to keep this piece float mounted when framing.

Framing - This artwork is sold framed without glass. If you wanna change frame, please ask me.

I am doing it in the most organic way possible.

I am a french artist based in Paris but I am also painting for Japan every day and travelling around Japan every year for a month since 2011. I am touched by sense of detail in every thing or gesture.
In May 2017, I started a new series, a link between my two worlds named Parigot (people born in Paris) Edokko (people born in Edo, Tokyo).

This drawing is made on japanese papers folded, dyed, glued. On these layers of papers, I draw a shape. Then I fill with watercolour and collage. All small details are made by pencil or felt pen.
These papers end up looking like a sewing pattern or even textiles. Over time I have come to realise that my stylistic development started with my maternal grandmother, a seamstress who made men's shirts, as well as from my paternal grandparents who sold fabrics at the market. Although my work is always rooted in good technique, I aim to create visual poetry in my pieces.
For me, Art is about expressing feelings.
This one is a samue. Samue is a garment with multiple uses. Traditionally worn by the monks of Zen Buddhist temples, artists or doctors, it is also widely used as an indoor garment, both at home and in ryokan (traditional hotels) or onsen (hot spring). It will also be found in players of Shakuhachi (traditional flute) instrument of Zen origin. In recent years, the port of samue extends outside the house, as a particularly comfortable informal garment. Like the Jinbei, the samue is worn without belt.




Kiro Melo



Size: 14.6 W x 20.1 H x 0 in

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Showed at the The Other Art Fair

Handpicked to show at The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art in Los Angeles, London