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28 May 2014

I’m drawn again and again to traditional Japanese design…the strength and simplicity of line,

the asymmetrical forms, the celebration of nature’s small details…Inspiration for ASHE prints….b2c6e761e49f2fbde1b6c63d8174bb03

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Kelsey Ashe

Researching Textiles

16 Jul 2012

Hi Everyone, I’ve been busy getting my PhD underway and I am absolutely loving it. I feel so privileged to be in a position where I can research, write and create designs about my favourite area of interest. I’m looking at how a traditional Japanese aesthetic has influenced contemporary Australian printed textile design. This means I get to research and draw inspiration from designers such as Bruce Goold (Mambo), Florence Broadhurst, Akira Isogawa and painter Margaret Preston. I will blog more later….mag_Girl

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Kelsey Ashe

Antipodean Orientalism

19 Mar 2011

Ashe textile designs have always been heavily influenced by Eastern cultures – particularly Japanese and Chinese textile traditions. Another constant for me has been an interest in Australian motifs of Flora and Fauna – although – these can be tricky to work with…I don’t want to create kitsch “Australiana”!…So I have a challenge in trying to design surfaces which both contain an Oriental aesthetic and a sense of contemporary Australian design…Here is a “waratah” image I am “orientalising”…Some more development needed….but it’s getting there!waratah

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Kelsey Ashe

Hydrangea design

26 Feb 2010

The lovely hydrangea – a favourite Japanese motif often used by the Samurai warriors as it is believed in Japanese culture that the flowers in bloom represented Glory and conveyed the notion that ambitious goals were in reach. Also beloved by the West – the flower is seen everywhere – in lots of Aussie backyards – including mine!
If you click on the image you can see the amazing stitch work in this Kimono panel.hydrangea

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Kelsey Ashe

Kimono Motifs

23 Feb 2010

Ashe print design is influenced almost primarily by textile traditions from the East.”The East” is a broad term but what I mean are the areas of Middle East (Islamic) design, Indian, Japanese, Chinese and South East Asian Cultures – a large area to draw from! Japanese textile design often gives me clues to the placement of a print on a garment and the amount of books on Kimono I possess is almost ridiculous!This is a favourite – incorporating a wave, cloud and crane pattern. The black and white contrast is a staple colour combination that most designers will flirt with at some point!kimono wave

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Kelsey Ashe

Japanese Traditional Motifs

06 Feb 2010

Exquisite, precise, clever, colourful, asymmetrical and delightful – the traditional patterns of Japanese Art. In over two thousand years of history the cherry blossom motif has stretched over every medium in Japanese Art – from ceramics, painting, textiles, lacquer ware, metal work and personal ornaments. The Cherry Blossom has a special significance in Japanese culture and aesthetics as a symbol of sakura– living in harmony with nature.Jap art

 

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Kelsey Ashe

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