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!

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PENDULA

My new ‘AKARI’ – PENDULA

PENDULA series 1

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。

PENDULA I

PENDULA I

PENDULA series 2

 

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

 

 

Chasing Shadows

chasing shadowschasing shadows_dWoven paper yarn fabric can be treated as a paper. I did Origami folding on the woven fabric. Folded lines create a series of beautiful shadows. It reminds me of my childhood game Kagefumi, chasing shadows.

紙糸で織った生地で折り紙。美しい陰影を生み出します。
連なる影、子供の頃の影踏み遊びを思い出します。

Lovely ladies and their great achievements

I used to take some “Spinning, Weaving And Dyeing” classes organized by Somerset Skills and Leaning.
I had a great time with lovely ladies who had the same passion. The tutor, Mary, always shows her wide knowledge and gives great support for her students’ challenging projects.
I left her class many years ago but I popped in sometimes to have a joyful chatting with them.

Yesterday I visited their exhibition.
So many great achievements!!!

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