Bamboo, rattan; double square plaiting (base), twill plaiting over parallel-line construction, knotting; vertically scored and lacquered bamboo otoshi (water container)
Signed underneath: Ichirō Fitted wood tomobako storage box inscribed outside "Bamboo Shower" and "Bundled and plaited bamboo triangular flower basket"; inscribed and signed inside"Ichirō, Ashidajima, Ashigarigō)" with seal
A graduate of the Ōita Prefecture Beppu Industrial Art Crafts Institute, Tsujimura now lives and works in his native Ashigarigō, Kaisei, Kanagawa Prefecture. In parallel with his studio practice, he is an active member of the Mingei (“People’s Crafts”) movement, working on the restoration of old rural baskets and studying the use of materials other than bamboo. Tsujimura often makes baskets in unusual shapes and likes to combine ami (plaiting) with kumi (non-plaiting) techniques, as here. He has won awards both nationally and internationally; his collaboration with the jeweler Shimada Yukiko was awarded second prize at the 2005 Diamond Concours in Antwerp, Belgium.