Skin of a tree


2021

Yarn (Acrylic, Wool, Plastic),Eyelets,Lubber, Cotton

[70 x 100 cm]
Tufting

This is an autonomous project to extend the field of painting. In this project, the tactility of yarns worked to enhance the interaction of colour combinations and their variety. The tufting method also worked to show a stout presence.

Tufting is to create three-dimensional textile surfaces. It is invented in Victorian England around the 1800s to secure the fillings in furniture padding from shifting. And developed around North Europe and Scandinavia to create warm garments such as boots and mittens.

The design is inspired by the bark of trees in the park nearby at Mayu’s home. The reddish colour is an exaggeration of the colour of the tree. Instead of providing a greenish impression from the object, the artist decided to go mainly red/pink to yellow scales. The light blue-ish white yarn looks striking on the whole as its length and unique materials, but this presence accentuates the other parts by their differences. Without having different presences in the same piece it is impossible to create harmony. Harmony consists of different tones and interactions. Using multiple colours describe the complexity of human society and its unity.

Comfort is made of the familiarity of everyday life. And It is easy to forget how familiarity is appreciable because it is ordinary and too close to one's subjectivity. And by getting used to the system, colours seem to be looked dulled gradually because human tends to not be excited by already known things. Mayu’s aim is to provide a comfort feeling like a home for people in contemporary society with complex struggles.