News from Kazari + Ziguzagu

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017



New Japanese shipment in store and online now!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Annual Stocktake SALE!!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Test Only

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Our new Japanese shipment has arrived

Thursday, November 24, 2016


As usual our latest shipment is full to the brim with one of a kind pieces! This time we are particularly excited to present an extensive collection of garden lanterns, bronze vases, iron kama and the best range of small chests we've seen for years.  Also to be found in store at 450 Malvern Road Prahran and at our warehouse 7-11 Hill Street Cremorne a fabulous range of pieces from lacquer boxes, Hokkaido bears, tableware and furniture to tea ceremony objects including kogo, natsume and mizusashi. As well as Kokeshi dolls, Christmas gift boxes, wabi sabi ceramics, Japanese woodblock prints and so much more.


Our newly arrived pieces can be found at the warehouse including antique Japanese chest-on-chest's, mizuya's and small choba-dansu's ideal for bedside cabinets. Our furniture needs some restoration but for those looking for a special piece it is well worth heading down to the warehouse to see what’s new, purchases of new stock will be bumped to the top of the restoration queue.Included in this shipment:








Gillie & Marc - Sculpture By the Sea

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Gillie and Marc have been working alongside the Australian Rhino Project, who are ensuring the long term survival of rhinos in the wild by breeding an 'insurance population' in Australia.  Once conditions permit, the rhinos will be reintroduced back to their natural habitat in South Africa.

This beautiful interactive sculpture was designed to raise awareness about the vulnerability of the Rhinos while also highlighting their beauty and forms part of the 2016 Sculpture by the Sea exhibition along the foreshore near Bondi, Sydney.  The pics below are from the install just last week.

Kazari + Ziguzagu are proud stockists of a select range of Gillie and Mark Rabbitgirl and Dogman prints and sculptures.



Traditional Japanese Woodblock prints by Local Artist Terry McKenna

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Terry McKenna has been active as a visual artist since the early 90's, today specializing in 'Mokuhanga' traditional Japanese woodblock printing, a complex technique which he uses to create limited edition prints referencing local Australian landscapes and scenes.

Originally trained in oil painting before going on to study woodblock printing in Japan, McKenna has held numerous group and solo exhibitions in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. 

His recent works, the 2015 -2016 ongoing print series (there will be 8 in total) entitled 'Ballarat Hakkei' depicting scenes in and around the Victorian area of Ballarat in the style of the Japanese 'Ukiyo-e' master Ando Hiroshige. This series is available for purchase from Kazari + Ziguzagu.







2016 Kyoto International Woodblock Association Award Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
2015 Awagami Mini Print, Awaji, Japan
2015 Woodblock Prints, East and West Gallery, Australia
2015 Robots in Search of Meaning, Warnambool Art Gallery, Australia
2014 Far Island, Etch Gallery, Victoria, Australia
2013 Kyoto International Art Exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
2012 53rd Japan Prin Association Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan
2011 Hanga Ryokou 3, Gallery Morning, Kyoto, Japan
2010 Inner Flame, Woodblock Prints, Studio 4 Gallery, Queensland Australia
2007 6 Degrees from a Monkey, Hastings Community Arts Centre
2007 Time Will Tell, Woodcuts, Wine Country Gallery, Hastings, New Zealand
2004 Paraphrase, Wine Country Gallery, Hastings, New Zealand

Terry also runs specialist traditional Japanese woodblock making workshops through the 'Mokuhanga School'


Special Mention - Home Beautiful

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kazari + Ziguzagu have received a special mention from Barbara Hermon in the recent issue of Home Beautiful magazine.  "...They sell the very best Japanese antiques and textiles. I even have to stop myself from driving past - it's such a temptation!..."

Thank you for your kind words Barbara, it's always a pleasure seeing you!



Bamboo:Tradition in Contemporary Form at the NGV

Monday, August 08, 2016

The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) International has recently launched a new exhibition titled Bamboo: Tradition in Contemporary Form which explores the sculptural power of Japanese bamboo art and incorporates 27 works both contemporary and traditional.  The bamboo works included in this collection are complemented by related Japanese objects, lacquer ware, prints and paintings.

Bamboo: Tradition in Contemporary Form runs from 7th July 2016 through to February 2017 at NGV International, Level 1, Art of Japan. Open 10am-5pm daily, for more information please visit the NGV website. 


Above and below examples from Bamboo: Tradition in Contemporary Form (reference: NGV)


At Kazari + Ziguzagu we stock a broad selection of handmade sculptural bamboo baskets similar in style to the traditional pieces displayed in this NGV exhibition. Below are just a few examples of the sculptural bamboo ikebana baskets available at Kazari + Ziguzagu.





Kazari + Ziguzagu - Photoshoot

Monday, June 27, 2016

We're delighted to share with you, a selection of photographs from our recent shoot with photographer Lisa Cohen and stylist Heather Nette-King.


Above left: An antique Japanese indigo boro textile hangs above a 19th century Chinese elm altar table and a 1970's maple chair reupholstered in a Japanese indigo boro textile. To the right on the altar sits a hand painted vase by artist Shin Koyama whilst rolls of new Japanese indigo textiles rest beneath.

Above right: Vintage Japanese two panel screen depicting koi carp swimming through a stream forms the backdrop for a select range of finely crafted solid oak furniture by Ethnicraft©. Atop the circular dining table sits a contemporary iron tea set next to a one-of-a-kind Japanese pottery vase made by Juitsu Kato, while a handmade African mudcloth cushion adorns the sold oak stool.



Above left: Contemporary solid teak leather slingback leather and cowhide peanut bench sit beneath a Contemporary artwork entitled 'Matriarch' by Indonesian artist I Gusti Wis. The featured handmade cushions are covered in Indonesian ikat cotton. 

Above right: Finely styled assortment of Japanese merchants shop storage chests (Choba-dansu) and boxes, featuring a hand painted goblet by artist Shin Koyama, an oribe mizusashi along with assorted Japanese ceramics and textiles. 


Above left: A pair of Chinese 18th century demi-lune tables dominate this scene, whilst  a 19th century Chinese elm stool sits beside and African Bedu mask on the wall. A bronze statue of a crow and stunning one-of-a-kind Shino studio pottery vase

Above right: A C14th Century Chinese elm altar table sits under an C17th Japanese screen depicting a Buddhist  temple scene. Under the screen sits a contemporary Shigaraki studio pottery bowl by Matsumoto Yoichi, in the foreground an C18th Japanese Shigaraki tea jar, lacquer dish and contemporary studio vase by Yasuda Zenko.


Above left: An assortment of handmade cushions sits atop a brightly coloured ottoman upholstered in African Wax Print Cotton. The cushions are covered in Vintage Japanese kimono fabrics, Indonesian Ikat cotton, African wax print cotton and Chinese Miao tribal textiles.

Above right: A colourful selection of Vintage Japanese silk kimonoare available for sale at both Kazari + Ziguzagu on Malvern Road and Kazari Warehouse in Cremorne.

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