Summer Cocktail Party Workshop!

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I’ll be conducting a Summer Cocktail Party Workshop in a cute shop in Tokyo called Sugar Town. Participants can paint their very own Polkaros cocktail cup and we can have a little toast together after the workshop!

Here are the details:
When:August 23 (Sat) 2014, 14:00-16:00 / August 31 (Sun) 2014, 14:00-16:00    
Where:Sugar Town (Nearest station : Omote-Sando station exit A2)
Jingumae 4-7-6, 2F, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Fee:3,780 Yen
To join, simply email your name, no. of participants and contact number to info@sugar-town.com.
See you at Sugar Town!

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8月のワークショップ、Summer cocktail partyのご案内です。
Polkarosの陶器に自由にペイントをして頂きます。

日時:2014年8月23日(土) 14:00~16:00 / 8月31日(日) 14:00~16:00    
場所:Sugar Town 東京都渋谷区神宮前4-7-6 2階
参加費:3,500円 (税込3,780円)
参加ご希望の方は、
メール:info@sugar-town.com
にて、お名前、参加人数、当日連絡の付くお電話番号をお伝えください。
ご参加お待ちしております!

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We made a video for the workshop! Here are some screenshots…
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Take a look at the full video!


Tukutte – July Issue!

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There is a new handmade magazine in Japan called ‘Tukutte‘ which means ‘make it!’ in Japanese. We are happy to be featured in their July issue with a 4 page mt masking tape spread. I’ve been a fan of mt masking tapes for many years so when the editor asked if I could do a mt tape spread for them, I was more than happy. This is how it turned out!

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I did a makeover of the Polkaros studio using mt Casa and decorated some every day items such as stationeries, photo frames and iphone case with mt masking tapes.

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They also featured my Teru Teru bozu and cardholder craft projects that I posted about some time back.

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That’s me, a rare profile pic that was professionally taken by the photographer!

This issue is filled with lots of handmade projects complete with patterns and instructions! If you love making things with your hands and exploring different crafts, you would love this magazine! You can get a copy here. (Sorry, the site is currently in Japanese only!)

Here are some pictures taken during the photo shoot.

Tukutte Magazine - July Issue

Tukutte Magazine - July Issue

Tukutte Magazine - July Issue

Tukutte Magazine - July Issue

Tukutte Magazine - July Issue


Hello Spring! Giveaway

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A small collection of our handcrafted pots from ‘The Polkaros Parade’ exhibition are now available on our online store. To commemorate this event, we are having a giveaway!!

This lovely Country Boy high-fired stoneware pot is carefully hand thrown and hand painted with love in Tokyo. Perfect for bringing some Spring vibes into the home! To enter, simply head over to our Facebook page and like or leave a comment on the giveaway post!

Giveaway ends on May 7, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. JST.
The winner will be announced on May 8, 2014.

Good luck!!


TENUGUI by Polkaros

Tenugui by Polkaros

Introducing our first series of Tenugui, handprinted by local craftsmen in Gujo city, Gifu prefecture, Japan. This series is inspired by four of our favorite traditional Japanese patterns: Seigaiha (blue), Kikotsunagi (red), Uroko (green) and Mizuhiki(yellow).

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Seigaiha

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Uroko
Uroko

Mizuhiki
Mizuhiki

Our Tenugui are now available at Takara Gallery in Gujo city. Here are so some pictures courtesy of Takara Galley.

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A picture of the silkscreens that were used to print our Tenugui.

For those living outside of Japan, you can also get them at our online store now.


Hariko Workshop & Kyodo Gangu Event

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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!!!

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The fruits of our labor.

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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.

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Ohm-sha showcased their private Japanese craft collection along with their original miniature wood figurines.

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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!


Craft Picnic in Singapore

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I’ve always wanted to have craft picnics in every country I visited to meet up with the local crafters. I finally got round to planning my first picnic in Singapore last Saturday while I was back for my summer holidays. Many people showed up despite the short notice and the stormy weather! Food & craft materials were potluck and I was amazed by all the cute food and materials everyone brought!
A huge thank you to those who came!! It was great meeting you all! Let’s do it again next time!
Here are some pictures of how the picnic went!

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Handmade Panda bento! Glad I brought my Panda onigiri mold with me!

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Thanks to Nong Jia Nu and Groopies for bringing lots of lovely fresh flowers, props and craft materials!

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Talented Pamm on the right!

Craft corner!
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Case filled with cute yarns by Valerie from Chubby Bunny!

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Special thanks to Ruth from The Workroom for contributing her lovely stash of Washi tapes!

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Potato stamping!

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Joy with her cute envelope! Love how her potato stamp turned out!




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