Emi Shinmura

Emi Shinmura is an Anglo-Japanese artist and designer.  She studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and lives and works between the UK and Japan.  Her work has been exhibited overseas, including most recently at the Venice Biennale.

In 2019 Emi took up a half-year residency with her aunt Harumi, a well known master craftswoman in the mountains of Kyushu in Japan, where she was able to deepen her knowledge of traditional Japanese carpentry by building a bunkhouse.

In her art studio (Emi took over an old timber-framed village bakery next to a little stream in the woods for the duration of her residency) she translated her experience and learning into drawings, woodcut prints and sculptures, which she exhibited for the first time at The Rowley Gallery.

Carpentry In Kyushu / Kokeshi

  • Cogged Lap Joint by Emi Shinmura
  • Deer In Ancient Woodland by Emi Shinmura
  • Floor Beam To Column Joint by Emi Shinmura
  • Foundation Joint by Emi Shinmura
  • Goose Neck Splice Sculpture by Emi Shinmura
  • Kokeshi (11-13) by Emi Shinmura
  • Kokeshi (1-5) by Emi Shinmura
  • Kokeshi (6-10) by Emi Shinmura
  • Kokeshi Ratios by Emi Shinmura
  • Koshikake Ari Tsugi by Emi Shinmura
  • Lap Joint by Emi Shinmura
  • Okkake Daisen Tsugi by Emi Shinmura
  • Okkake Daisen Tsugi by Emi Shinmura
  • Stepped Goose Neck Splice by Emi Shinmura
  • Three Ways To Cut Boards From A Log by Emi Shinmura
  • Turtle Looking Over Inkpot by Emi Shinmura
  • Wild Boar On Hand-Plane Blade by Emi Shinmura