Paper Rhythms in UK

Paper: Beyond the Fold
The exhibition is taking place at The National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD) in Sleaford.
Jennie and I have started ‘Paper Rhythms’ project in 2014. We had an exhibition in Japan.
Our ‘Paper Rhythms’ project is a part of Paper: Beyond the Fold.
This is our first ‘Paper Rhythms’ exhibition in UK.

The Paper Rhythms collection of paper weave and braid by Mayumi Kaneko (Japan) and Jennie Parry (UK) will also feature as part of the exhibition. Origami and kumihimo techniques are used by the pair with great respect for the purity of form for which the Japanese culture is so revered, shedding new light on this Japanese tradition.

(from Paper: Beyond the Fold)

I gave a demonstration on last Saturday – Paper to Paper Yarn
Mainly I demonstrated how to make paper yarn.
Jennie showed how to braid, Kumihimo, on her Takadai.
I’m glad many visitors showed their great interest.
Our work beautifully displayed.
Many thanks for all visitors and gallery staff.

開催中の展覧会 - Paper: Beyond the Fold の会場でデモを行いました。
主に紙から紙糸を作る工程をご紹介しました。

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Please enjoy the video.

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If you want to know How to make Paper yarn, please see this video.

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Story behind the work – FROZEN

I posted “Sudden Winter” in January with some photos.
Time has passed and it’s already summer.
My progress was a bit slow but finally it’s on my weaving, FROZEN.
The story goes:
   Frozen pond
   Ripples are frozen
   Colours are frozen under the water
   Weak sunlight on the frozen pond

1月に投稿したSudden Winter。そこでご紹介した画像をイメージした作品FROZEN。
こんな作品に仕上がりました。
すでに季節は夏。少々季節外れになってしまいましたが。

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Another work, Collapsing Waves
Image of the sea
   High waves collapsed and lap to the shore
   At the far distance waves look calm

こちらは夏向き。Collapsing Waves 砕ける波。海のブルー、時にグリーンを取り混ぜ、波が砕け浜に打ち寄せるさま、遥か彼方に見える海はあくまで穏やか、そんな海、波を表現しました。

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I’m exhibiting them at Paper – Beyond the Fold.
どちらの作品もNCCDで開催中のPaper – Beyond the Fold でご覧いただけます。

Beautiful Blues

Glorious summer day!

I held an Indigo workshop for a young talented artist, Connie.
Her paintings are astonishing.
She is one of the prize winners of Black Swan Arts Young Open 2016.
The winners were given one-to-one workshop with a professional artist or craftspeople as a part of their prize.

It was a perfect day for indigo dyeing.

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After the workshop I dyed my yarn as well.
I had series of beautiful blues and green, onion orange over-dyed with indigo.

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Connie is form Hong Kong. She wants to carry on her study here.
She is a great artist already but there are still a lot to learn.
Good luck Connie!

PENDULA

My new ‘AKARI’ – PENDULA

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PENDULA series

Photo by Howard Johnson

Leaves on Betula Pendula, commonly known as Silver birch in our garden are coming back.
It’s a beautiful tree with white peeling bark on the trunk. And the twigs are slender and pendulous.

庭の白樺の木に緑が戻ってきました。その名が示すように幹は白、細い枝に葉が茂り全体が「鐘」のような形になります。

I introduce a ball shape small light, MARI last year. I applied Jun Mitani’s program.
A combination of straight and curved folded lines create a ball shape. The shape added different taste on my ‘AKARI’ – light.

This time I made 3 pendant lights – PENDULA I, II & III.

以前ご紹介した ’MARI’、数学者三谷純さんが開発されたプログラムを利用させていただいて、織生地を丸く成形、可愛い灯りになりました。
この曲線を生かして今回はペンダントライトに仕立てました。

The fitting was specifically developed and made by FeelLab. Many thanks to FeelLab.
フィッティングはFeelLabさんが開発したものを使わせていただきました。
FeelLabさんのProjectにも参加させていただいています。詳細はこちら

 

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PENDULA III   PENDULA tree

PENDULA III is inspired by the image of PENDULA tree.
The black lines represent the slender twigs of silver birch.
PENDULA III、イメージは「白樺」。少し形を整えて
細い枝のイメージを黒い線で入れてみました。

PENDULA I and II have more ball shape, like MARI.
The colours of PENDULA I show the sunset evening sky behind the silver birch.
PENDULA II represents the moon beyond the tree.
PENDULA IとIIはよりMARIに近い形。
夕焼け空の色をよこ糸に入れたPENDULA I。
夜、白樺の向こうに見える月、その月をイメージしたPENDULA II。

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Photo by Howard Johnson

Now I’m showing my work at National Centre of Craft Design (NCCD) in Sleaford with Jennie Parry and some other artists. The exhibition is titled Paper: Beyond the Fold.
I will be the venue for demonstration on June 18th.
Please come and see our work if you are nearby.
このPENDULAを含め、AKARIシリーズの作品と大きなサイズの壁掛けをNCCDで開催中のPaper: Beyond the Foldに出展しています。

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         Photo by Jennie Parry

 

 

London Design Festival

The London Design Festival is an annual event, held to celebrate and promote London as the design capital of the world and as the gateway to the international creative community.
The London Design Festival this year ran 19 – 27 September.

I visited V&A, Design Junction and Designersblock.

Ogham wall at V&A

As a basis for exploring the ancient and the contemporary, the installation translates this ancient language into an architectural construct of three metre high cast concrete ‘fins’ standing in the space of the Tapestry Gallery.

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Although many articles mentioned this exhibition, it was quiet.
Perfect location.

Each of the 20 letters represents the name of a sacred tree, where the individual pattern of the bark is etched onto the surface treatment of the concrete.

enjoy the varied rhythm and angles of the elements and the experience of light and shade. The installation aims to explore the space that Ireland occupies, one that is embracing design, innovation and technology while continuing to reference their embedded culture and heritage.

I don’t have much knowledge about Ogham or Ogram trees but I could feel dignity of the heritage.

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AND

Walking down The River Thames

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