Polkaros made a trip to Tokyo Design Week 2015 this week and it was great fun appreciating all emerging designer’s work at the event. Here’s Tokyo Design Week, Polkaros style!
This year’s Design Week theme is “interactive” and hence, most of the exhibits are related to “interactive” in one way or another. From colourful Japanese clogs called geta, traditional crafts to modern spaces and ideas!
Last Sunday I painted my first Hariko (Japanese papier-mâché) at Bibariko‘s workshop at Nishiogi-Itochi (Tea and Kokeshi) cafe! Above is what I came up with in the one-hour workshop. It’s really a test of your creativity to come up with a smart, cute, quick, hariko-like design when all you can see is just a blank white blob of paper mache.
We were given four different shapes to choose from. I chose the ‘dog with a ball on its head’ hariko. We were shown many variations made by previous workshop participants and they were all very creative. One even managed to convert the ball on top to a human head by painting a face on it.
I was inspired to make something different, and this was what I came up with. A clown like dog with a fancy hat on its head. Ha! Below is a picture of how everyone’s works turned out. Cute!!!
The fruits of our labor.
During this three-day Kyodo Gangu(郷土玩具) Japanese folk art event, the 2nd floor of the cafe showcased works by Yonagadou and Ohm-sha. It was such a pleasure meeting the amazing minds behind both companies. We had such lovely conversations and I learned so much about Japanese folk art from them. Below are some pictures of Yonagado’s space.
Ohm-sha showcased their private Japanese craft collection along with their original miniature wood figurines.
Ohm sha’s cute wooden figurines!
It must be one of the best exhibitions I’ve been too. My love for traditional Japanese folk art & craft just got more serious!
Last December, we showcased our first handcrafted collection at Galerie Doux Dimanche Aoyama in Tokyo. The collection consisted of ceramic flower pots and planters, Japanese traditional fabric, known as Tenugui, gift wrapping paper with original Polkaros patterns and more. A huge thank you to those who visited us at the gallery! And for those who missed it, here are some pictures of the exhibition. Special thanks to our new photographer friend Felix Lee for helping us document this special event!
Full documentation of the exhibition available here.
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
Last week I attended the Hello Sandwich book launch party held at Kusakanmuri in Ebisu, Tokyo. The event space was beautifully decorated with Hello Sandwich’s cute and colorful crafts. What a lovely treat! Craft items from the book were showcased in an exhibition space on the second floor. I arrived after 5pm for the party and was greeted with a lovely welcome cocktail!
Hello Sandwich cookies made by Thumb and Cakes. Too cute!
There was a free craft station with lots of cute Hello Sandwich paper and mt tapes that you can use to decorate envelopes.
I took the opportunity to personalize my gift for Ebony!