Earlier this year, I went to a Japanese traditional dyeing event called ‘Some no Komichi’. It was a 3 day event held in the Ochiai/Nakai area, also known as the center for Tokyo’s traditional dyeing industry. A place where skilled craftsmen can still be seen in their workshops applying colors and patterns to kimono silks. Until 1960s, newly dyed cloths were being washed in the Myoshoji River. To celebrate the traditional craft, hand-dyed fabric were displayed in the ‘River Gallery’ over the Myoshoji River throughout the event. The shopping street was decorated with Noren (Traditional Japanese fabric dividers) that were specially designed and hand-dyed by craftsmen for the shops that participated. Local craftsmen living in the area also opened their workshops to public for viewing and some even offered a 1 day trial lesson for visitors to experience traditional Japanese dyeing techniques. Here are some pictures of the amazing 3 day event!
Hello everyone! I’m back in Tokyo after a work trip to New York. I have so many pending blog posts, it is almost impossible to blog in real time these days. But I will try my best to catch up! Here are some pictures that I’ve been wanting to share with you. Last month, I visited the Olga goosecandle exhibition in Rocket gallery and also attended their candle workshop. I’m in love with the unique style, shapes and colors of these candles!
This might be one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended. It was my first time working with candles and it was so much fun! We decorated a pair of unicorns with soft kneadable wax and candle paints. I am really loving this new medium and can’t wait to try making some new shapes!
And this was how my pair of unicorn candles turned out!
★ Olga goose candle offical website
These are some of the latest works I have been working on lately. The pottery studio that I’ve been going to is closing down soon and now I have to look for a new place to do my pottery. Seriously considering getting a kiln for my tiny apartment! That would be a dream come true ★
It’s been freezing here in Tokyo and I have been staying indoors for a while. Last Saturday, I braved the cold to search for some inspiration around town. I went to Aoyama to check out some of my favorite interior shops and this was the top inspiration of the day. I saw these Trophy cups by Vika Mitrichenka at Cibone and was completely mesmerized. Coming from a ceramic background, I’ve always wanted to create ceramic art for the living environment. This series made it all seem possible again!
Last December, I participated in the Mimiscellany showcase by Mimipong. We were supposed to express ‘Tears of Joy’ with a series of pictures taken with the Tear doll. The 3/11 earthquake has left a great impact on the lives of many. On a personal level, it has changed my perspective in many ways. I decided to use this opportunity to express ‘Tears of Joy’ after the quake.
I found this back issue of ‘Senshoku Alpha’ magazine on my bookshelf that I’d picked up from a pile of unwanted books in my school library many years ago. The pictures of this amazing hand knitted playground installation always fascinated me and was the reason why I kept the magazine for so many years. I totally forgot about it until I went to the Hakone Open-air Museum this year and saw the ‘Woods of Net’.
How wonderful is this colorful climbing net playground designed by artist Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam. Unfortunately you’d have to be below 13 to play in this special playground but it is still a lovely sight!