Yousai Inoue

“To tomorrow”. Formed with tōso over wooden core and covered with whitewash.

  • Dolls
  • Presented in 2019
  • H 43 cm
  • Sold Out

Category Dolls
Year Presented 2019
Dimensions H 43 cm
Collection of Private Owner
Exhibition The 66th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

Yousai Inoue

photo Yousai Inoue

1. My source of creation is insatiable curiosity and spirit of inquiry. My imagination is added to this, a theme is born, followed by the form and colors. 2. A doll is made in the form of a human, but I want to keep it dreamy in a way. I want to make pure, beautiful and cute dolls that people would want to keep beside them for a long time. 3. I mainly use wooden core covered with tōso (mixture of paulownia sawdust and paste) to make the dolls, but I sometimes make papier- mâché dolls and carved wooden dolls. 4. I cover the dolls with paper or cloth. Recently, I use mineral pigments and urushi lacquer to paint the dolls. 5. I started using urushi lacquer because of its excellent durability. I hope my dolls will remain as they are now even after I'm gone..