Monday, June 29, 2009

Graphic Esperanto

Japanese graphic/textile designer Masafumi Arita’s modern folklore seeks to deliver art to the non-artist, work that is “easy to understand” without need for an arts education or specific cultural upbringing. His patterns, internationally influenced by some greats like Russian Constructivist Alexander Rodchenko and Austrian architect/religious theorist Rudolf Steiner, are admittedly rooted in the many cultures Arita has experienced.

His textile brand, fittingly named New Esperanto Label, uses “textiles as a communication tool to penetrate food, clothing and shelter,” akin to ancient traditions of story-telling and cultural permeation via textile.

Two designs inspired by the Tokyo Tower, at “Day”. . .
. . .and at “Night.”

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