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Tokyo Design Week 2015

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!

DSC03913This 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!










Behind the scenes of Polkaros! [Part 1/2]

Ever wonder how your pots are painted? Let’s take a peek into our initial stages of pot painting at our studio!
Polkaros studio behind the scenes
Polkaros studio behind the scenes
We create little handy design guides for our pots.

Polkaros studio behind the scenesDiscussion of workflow before we get started. Polkaros studio behind the scenes
Checking for defects before we start our painting process.

Polkaros studio behind the scenesTaking reference to the ceramic colour guides on the wall. Polkaros studio behind the scenes
Mixing and getting our signature pastel colours and shades right.

Polkaros studio behind the scenes

It’s not all done yet! Stay tuned later this week for the finishing steps before firing them at the kiln!

Tokyo Art Book Fair 2015

It’s the time of the year again for Tokyo Art Book Fair!


Held every year at the Kyoto University of Art & Design, Tohoku University of Art & Design Gaien Campus in Tokyo’s chic Aoyama area. This year, each visitor gets a cool orange drawstring bag courtesy of Beams Japan!

So what’s in that bright coloured bag?
A guidebook and a floor guide on each exhibitor.

Split into 2 floors breaming with creativity, here are some of artists and booths that caught my attention!
Rumi Hara and her fun illustrations and zines. Spot the funky pompom card!
Makomo is well known for his style in character illustration.
One of my favourite illustrators, Grace Lee and her zine “You need more than 2 hours at the MET”.
On display: Irma Boom is famous for making a tiny version of her gigantic books that she publishes.
DSC03793 Always bursting with pop colours, Toshihiro Mori’s works have been used in CD covers and more.
DSC03801 I especially love Mari Oogo’s simple yet colourful illustrated calendars.
DSC03802 Mari’s prints and items for sale!
DSC03806 Not your ordinary Alphabet book! Check out Hyunho’s alphabet book here!

Did you know?!
Polkaros first launched the Japon and Polkaros Lifestyle zines at past TABFs!
You can still get them via our Polkaros Shop! Especially if you love all things Japan, be sure to check our Japon zine out!
★ Japon A little zine inspired by Traditional Japanese Craft
★ Polkaros Lifestyle Zine

Introducing our new Content Curator, Junel Che.
Junel is a Singapore-born illustrator and web-designer based in Tokyo.
She will be curating stories on crafts, art, design and lifestyle events for the Polkaros blog.
Welcome Junel to the Polkaros Team!




Sakura started to bloom last weekend and they are already starting to fall! Yesterday I took some time off work to enjoy Hanami in Chirodorigafuchi park with good friend Hiki. We wanted to check out the Chiyoda area as we hardly go to that part of Tokyo together. It was an extremely warm day for Spring and the light was perfect for photography. The park surrounding the emperor palace is beautiful and it might be one of the most beautiful Sakura sights I’ve seen. The river had a lovely gradient of turquoise and green, and it was a nice complement to the light pink Sakura.








Textile Festival In Ochiai Part 1

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Once a year, my neighbourhood comes to life in an event called ‘Some no Komichi 染の小道’. The Ochiai/Nakai district used to be filled with up to 300 small dyeing factories from Showa period to 1950’s. Today it is still home to some artisans and is a meeting place for people who are interested to learn about Japanese dyeing techniques. This 3-day event usually held during the last weekend of February, celebrates its dyeing heritage with colorful hand-dyed textile and hands-on dyeing workshops. Shopfronts are decorated with hand-dyed ‘Noren’ (Japanese curtains) and colorful dyed kimono cloths are raised over the Myoshoji river where dyed clothes used to be washed. Many visitors come dressed in kimono which makes it feel like you have traveled back in time.

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Textile Festival in Ochiai

Duration: 27 Feb ~ 1 Mar 2015 (Usually held on the last weekend of February each year)
Closet station: Nakai Station on the Seibu Shinjuku line/ Toei Oedo Line
Event map:
Official Site (mostly in Japanese):

Lecture at Joshibi University of Art and Design

Lecture at Joshibi University of Art and Design

Yesterday I had the pleasure of giving a lecture to 160 freshmen at Joshibi University of Art and Design. It’s always nerve-racking speaking in front of an audience of this size, especially in a foreign language! But it’s all worthwhile when students come up to ask questions about the lecture. It really shows the level of interest they have for the subject and the path they are about to pursue. I am so excited for them!

Lecture at Joshibi University of Art and Design

Lecture at Joshibi University of Art and Design

Lecture at Joshibi University of Art and Design
Was greeted with a small poster promoting my lecture at the corridor when I arrived at the university.

Lecture at Joshibi University of Art and Design

Oh, just in case you are wondering, everyone called me ‘rossy’ when I was studying at Joshibi so that’s the name I use whenever I am back!


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