Japanese folding screen

japanese folding screen 2 crane away rebecca howson
japanese folding screen 5 crane away rebecca howson
japanese folding screen 1 crane away rebecca howson

This screen is the output of a ten-week assessed project at the University of the Creative Arts Canterbury. The theme is 物の哀れ (mono no aware) which in English translates to ‘transient beauty’ or ‘fading beauty’. In Japanese culture, cherry blossoms are a prominent motif for transience therefore feature heavily in the final product. I was also influenced by modernist shapes which is how the overall ‘wave’ shape of the screen developed. The final design is a private space which can be used to promote self-reflection and relaxation.

Materials used:

  • Pine

  • Paper

  • Perspex


  • Woodworking


  • Paper making

For research, design process and other information about this project see my Presentation Booklet below or download it here.