■ Making

How to make our works.

Goyou Matu (Japanese white pine)

This voluminous Japanese white pine bonsai almost represents a training program to me with all of the techniques it required. Great quantities of ultra-thin wires were bundled and twisted together and coated with polymer; the branches checked and delicately adjusted from all angles; and following that, the surfaces finished. Next, over ten thousand pine needles were laboriously created out of clay, one-by-one, and painted. Roughly five thousand of these were then selected with a careful eye to balance and glued pin-pointedly to the branches. Thereafter, the orientation of the branches was adjusted, with some being cut off and repositioned. These procedures were repeated over a span of two entire months before the work was completed.                                   

※This is the collection of Kansas City Toy & Miniature Museum.

2007  Hiroyuki Kimura 

 Country Blue

his work began with a simple proposal from my partner, Kyoko, to “use a refreshing blue as the key note color in a country piece”, but before I noticed it had become a very large undertaking. The foreground of the piece is, per its title, a blue wall. However, in order to guide the eye in, the room at the back is purposely done in a warm color. With this aim of emphasizing space by using lighter shades in the foreground and deeper shades in the rear, I think this piece makes the observer feel it necessary to “peer in order to see”. In other works as well I always concentrate on making the observer feel an expanse of space. I encourage everyone to find an opportunity to take a good long look at my actual works.

2010  Hiroyuki & Kyoko