Three Pillars of Nuido
The word Nuido is made up of two parts; Nui, or embroidery (also shishu), and Do, the way of Nui refers to the acquisition of technical skills and knowledge. Do refers to the development, and constant discovery, of the spiritual components of the art of Nuido. Nuido has three aspects: the acquisition of technical skills and knowledge (rationality), the development of artistic sensitivity and awareness (sensitivity), and understanding the spiritual aspects of shishu (spirituality), resulting in a state of peace, calm, and harmony.
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The Hands are the Exit of Spirit
When the spirit flows from the hands, it is called "labor." From nothing, the hands start to create wonderful works of art. The hands are the exit of the spirit. The movement of the hands embodies human longings and human beings are formed by the work of the hands. The hands create forms that never existed before, and this art of creation is uniquely human. That is, human hands carve an image of the individual out of vacant space. Humans recognize the level of their own spirit by looking at what they have created with their hands. That is, the hands enable the spirit to emerge as works of art, and it will reflect what is in your heart. As a result, what is in your heart shows in your work, and the hands will reflect what level you are, sometimes joyfully, sometimes sadly.
Late master, Iwao Saito
Stitch with Your Heart
The skilled hands of the embroiderer, having a deep relationship with his or her heart, produce a gorgeous world of embroidery. The work not only reflects the state of your inner heart, but it also shows your lifestyle in the way you use the techniques and the way you select colors. There is no way that a vague and superficial life will create work that will touch people's hearts.
Late master, Iwao Saito
Introducing Nuido to the world
By serving a cup of tea with a concept of "the way," Sado (the way of tea/the tea ceremony) has reached the level of art. In Japan, there are other "ways" such as Kendo, Shodo, Judo, Kado, and all which have attained the height of quality by integrating techniques with the spiritual concept of "the way." Traditional Japanese Embroidery has evolved, in its thousand-year history, into The Way of Embroidery. We have emphasized the connection between the heart and the techniques. As we look toward the new millennium, we will start walking on the path of Nuido that is aimed at the integration of Nui (techniques) and Do (spirit). With our wish to unite all people in harmony, we will introduce Nuido to the world.
Nuido World Exhibition Around the World
The World Exhibition will bring the world together in peace and harmony through Nuido, The Way of Japanese Embroidery. Held by the Japanese Embroidery Center (JEC) and Kurenai-Kai Ltd, and sponsored by many corporates and funds, the event will display over 100 magnificent works embodying the tradition, skill and discipline of this ancient art. These works - created by 1000 Nuido members in 19 countries on 5 continents - will be enjoyed by thousands around the world. The image is an exhibit design, "Flower Among Trunk." Cherry trees harbors potentials to blossom its flowers under severe circumstances so as humans...
2003 Nuido World Exhibition Video
Close up image of previous screen, "Flowers Among Trunk" - One’s blueprint which opened when the time comes.
I remember I stitched with 40 to 50 strands of cotton padding underneath the cherry blossom petals which were stitched with white and pink silk threads.
This is another snapshot of previous screen "Flowers Among Trunk" We tried to express the perspective in Japanese Embroidery which we never tried before.
Today, JEC staffs had a chance to meet a family in Japan who purchased this embroidery design several years ago. They have generous understanding about fine arts and they selected Japanese embroidery as one of their collections. Not only they are attracted by the beauty, but are also touched by the concept of Nuido. We are really honored to meet them during this trip. As a member of this family is facing difficulty called illness, we genuinely hope that this piece will encourage her for full recovery.
Also, this design was developed by a Nuido member and JEC staffs/Kurenai-kai staffs. We strongly believe that collaboration is a key to create a masterpiece which touches people's heart.