Shoji and kumiko art

Burleigh Waters, Queensland

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Des King — Creating exquisite shoji and kumiko art

Shoji and the intricate kumiko patterns that are incorporated into the more elaborate shoji doors and windows are a uniquely Japanese craft that can be traced back many centuries. Modern tools, materials and techniques over the past hundred years or so have taken kumiko art to new heights of beauty and complexity.

I studied shoji-making at a traditional technical college in Japan, and have focused on kumiko art and exploring the multitude of patterns possible since graduation. I have authored three books that give detailed instructions on making shoji and kumiko patterns—Shoji and Kumiko Design Book 1 The Basics, Book 2 Beyond the Basics, and Book 3 Hexagonal Patterns—and I am in the process of writing a fourth book. I have also written several articles for an Australian woodworking magazine on shoji and kumiko.

I cut all joints by hand rather than by machine, and have done so since I first began my journey in this wonderful craft. Every piece in my work, from the longest to the minute pieces that in some cases are less than 4mm long, receives the same attention to detail.

My goal here is to make kumiko art available and affordable to as wide an audience as I can reach.

Photos of my work, and especially my more complex pieces, can be seen on my website and on my Instagram page.

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