Synopses & Reviews
Renowned for its superb invention, ingenuity, and sense of pattern, Japanese design has long been admired in the West. One specific kind of ornamentation, known as mon,
is especially recognized for its unusually rhythmic and engrossing patterns. Originally designed to serve as family emblems or crests, mon
have also been used in Japan as trademarks and for decorating such objects as kimonos and lacquered furniture.
This volume presents 800 of these attractive, copyright-free designs, ready for use or adaptation by today's commercial artists, craftspeople, and designers. Combining stylized natural and geometric forms to produce striking images, mon lend themselves to a wide range of applications: textile and wallpaper design, floor coverings, jewelry, mosaics, and much more. A special feature of this book is the inclusion of a number of designs by the great artist Hokusai, selected from an extremely rare edition originally published in 1824. In addition, the collection contains figures based on written characters, geometrical pattern construction, kimonos, and other motifs.
Jack Hillier, a well-known author and authority on Japanese art, has provided an informative and enlightening introduction to this exciting and useful design form.
Dover (1994) republication of designs and English text from the work published by University of Toronto Press, Toronto, and Amstutz de Clivo Press, Zurich.
Almost 800 mon
(emblems or crests) combine natural and geometric forms for striking effects. Ideal for design, jewelry, mosaics, and more.
Originally used to decorate kimonos,and#160;lacquered furniture,and#160;and other traditional objects, these 646 mon (emblems or crests) combine stylized natural and geometric forms. Many are colorized.
Originally used to decorate kimonos and lacquered furniture, these unusually rhythmic and engrossing patterns known as mon combine stylized natural and geometric forms. 646 images, many colorized.
Japanese design has long been admired in the West. Traditional ornamentation, known as mon, is especially valued for its breathtaking flow and engrossing patterns. This superb treasury offers more than 600 of the very best mon designs, originally used in Japan as family emblems or crests, and later used to decorate kimonos, lacquered furniture, and other traditional objects. The stylized forms and striking geometrics lend themselves to a wide range of crafts and textiles, from jewelry to floor coverings. A collection of rare nineteenth-century designs from the great Japanese artist Hokusai is also included, a tantalizing finishing touch forand#160;this remarkableand#160;resource.