A few weeks back I was in Joshibi giving my second guest lecture. This time I was less nervous and really enjoyed sharing my experience with the students. After my lecture, I sneaked into the silkscreen/dyeing lab to take some pictures. My professor invited me to join one of their graduate classes where they were dyeing silk stoles with fresh Japanese indigo leaves (Ai).
Aizome, also known as indigo dyeing, is usually done with fermented leaves and the color is normally a dark indigo blue. With fresh leaves, it’s fascinating how different and vibrant the color is. Indigo leaves are rare and precious in Japan so I felt fortunate to be able to touch and dye with the fresh leaves. We blended the leaves in a juice mixer, extracted the dye with a netted bag and soaked our silk cloths in the dye for about 20 minutes. It was magical seeing how the color turned from leafy green to turquoise as it comes in contact with air and oxidizes.
Love the color!
Joshibi Festival starts today at the Higashi-Koenji Campus. This is a 3-day open campus art event organized by Joshibi University of Art and Design. If you are interested in studying Textile design in Tokyo, I would highly recommend this school as it is has great facilities – silkscreen/dyeing lab, foot-loom weaving lab and electric Jacquard machine. Also, you get to learn all about Japanese traditional crafts and how to apply them to modern products. Here are some of the pictures of the school environment. Have a great weekend!
We’ve reached 1,000 likes on Polkaros Facebook Page! Thank you all for your support and accompanying us through our creative process! Every ‘like’ encourages us to work harder. Thank you once again for all your support! You are a group of very special peeps ♥ ♥ ♥
Only Free Paper is a very cute shop in Shibuya filled with free promotional materials such as postcards, zines, brochures and leaflets. It is always enjoyable to visit as they have lots of information on upcoming events and guides to galleries and museums in Tokyo. Not to mention, the designs of the free papers are usually very cute and the paper quality is lovely too!
Besides free paper, they also have a small section of zines for sale. They started carrying our Polkaros lifestyle zine a few months ago and it has recently been restocked! Do drop by if you are in Shibuya and would like a copy!
Only Free Paper
Address: Udagawacho, 15-1 Shibuya Parco Part 1, Shibuya Tokyo
dröm sessions is a platform created by the amazing peeps from the little dröm store to showcase and interview some of their favorite overseas and local artists. I am very honored that they have decided to feature Polkaros on dröm sessions this month. Read our full interview here.
The little dröm store is the cutest gallery shop in Singapore. Be sure to check it out if you are visiting!
7 Ann Siang Hill, Singapore 069791
★ The little dröm store website
A few months ago, I was invited to contribute some DIY gift ideas for an upcoming Frankie magazine holiday spread. The theme was to create an easy to make gift with recycled materials that you can give to a friend during the holiday season. This was what I created – African basket inspired mini vases made with PET bottles and paper twines.
The spread turned out really lovely and I was very thrilled to have my project shot by amazing photographer Hilary Walker. I am so honored to be involved in this beautiful issue! If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, you can get yours from Frankie Press online store.