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Creating with your Senses
Workshop with KATSUMI KOMAGATA
23-24-25 March 2012
To complicate is easy, to simplify is difficult – Bruno Munari
The work of the Japanese designer Katsumi Komagata is simple, playful, poetic, and astonishing. An heir to Bruno Munari, Komagata creates remarkable books that engage and invite small readers to see, touch, think, feel, and play. Komagata himself plays with contrasts, proportions, rhythms, movements, space, questioning the reader’s perception and point of view. His books encourage readers of all ages to stop, to observe, and to see things with new eyes.
For the Signs & Lines workshop ‘Creating with your Senses’, Komagata will propose three stimulating and very different exercises or ‘labs’ which deal with perception and the senses: ‘Tactile’, ‘1 + 1 = 2’, and ‘Extend’.
On the last day Komagata will review and comment on the participants’ work, including the exercises done during the course, portfolios, and editorial projects. The course is open to anyone with an interest in design, illustration, children’s books, and child pedagogy.
Katsumi Komagata (author, designer, publisher, teacher) was born in Japan in 1953. He worked at the Nippon Design Centre before moving to the United States to work as a graphic designer at the CBS headquarters in New York. In 1986, after returning to Japan, he founded One Stroke, with which he subsequently published various books, including a series called Little Eyes inspired by the birth of his daughter. His work ranges from the creation of highly original storybooks for children to games that stimulate intellectual growth, and he has received major prizes around the world, including the Good Design Award, and the Special Mention Award at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair.
Maximum number of participants: 13
Cost: € 300
The workshop will be held at Books Import via Maiocchi 11, Milano | T 02 29400478
Friday 18:30-21:30 | Saturday: 10:00-18:00 | Sunday: 10:00-18:00
For info: Debbie Bibo, workshop coordinator | email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
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