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。


paper rhythms


Please enjoy the video.



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




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.


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。

The fitting was specifically developed and made by FeelLab. Many thanks to FeelLab.




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

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.
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 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。


         Photo by Jennie Parry



Maggi Hambling: Walls of water

Maggi Hambling: Walls of Water is on at the National Gallery now.

Walls of Water

scanned image from postcard

Although her paintings are Oil on canvas, you will see “gigantic waves crashing onto the sea wallExactly what she aimed.
It gave me 3 dimensional image of crashing waves! Very powerful!!!
Not showing on the postcard unfortunately.

ナショナルギャラリーで開かれているMaggi HamblingのWalls of Waterへ行ってきました。
展示室に入り最初の作品を見た瞬間 え?3D? 思わず絵に近づいてしまいました。確かにキャンバスに描かれた油絵。でも岩に砕け散る波がみえるんです!まさにその光景を目の当たりにしているように。それこそが彼女が意図したことなのではあるんですが



Paper Rhythms

Paper Rhythms いよいよ開幕です!
Paper Rhythms finally opens today!

We had a good start with many visitors. Many thanks for them.


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Our exhibition will end 2nd November. Hope to see you at the gallery.

Somerset Art Weeks 2014

Somerset Art Weeks 2014 – Open Studio – opened last Saturday.

I exhibit my work at Somerset Guild, Courthouse Gallery.. And do demonstration om 22 – 24 & 29 – 1 at the venue.


I’m working under the project – creative pathway – organized by Somerset Art Works.
The theme is “Levels and Moors”.

Levels – STREAM – ” is inspired by the meandering stream runs though the Levels.
You don’t see the ‘meandering’ on the map but once you drive along the stream you will find the amazing meandering.
Now the stream is clam and beautiful, although huge disaster was  brought by this stream this winter.

Levels – HILLS –” is inspired by the gentle hills across the fields.
That area is very calm and peaceful, usually.

ren” shows ‘float’ with strong geometric lines.

Please come along with your family and friends.

Lovely gallery in Bath

44AD artspace was moved to the new premises this summer.
It locates next to Bath Abby now.
I joined their launch party on August 1st. It was a great fun! We enjoyed a specially commissioned beer from The Bath Brew House too.



Their summer show, eighth wonder, opened from 8th.
8th-wonder-2014Please visit the gallery and meet a lovely lady Katie.
They organize the art prize of this show.

Following last year’s success, 44AD artspace will again be awarding the eighthwonder art prize, which includes a one week solo exhibition at 44AD’s new premises and Freedom of the City

Please vote on me!


Torno in Como, Italy

A short holiday in Torno, Como Italy

torno garally1A nice gallery with local designers & makers

torno garally2At the back of the gallery, there is a gallery owner’s “cave”, pub

tornoNarrow and steep hills everywhere
This is how to get the main road. It’s not a film scene!
But just authorized cars can do this. You have to WALK.

mercatoHuge mercato in Como.
This is a great example of “sustainability”, local, seasonal, no plastic packaging tray,,,,

volta museumBeautiful pattern on Volta Museum floor.
*Volta: known for the inventor of the battery