Somerset Day

Somerset Day will take place on 11 May, in honour of King Alfred the Great.
It celebrates “all that is great” about the “wonderful county” of Somerset.

My Somerset Day project

Somerset

Somerset Day project

Somerset Day project

Warp is wool and weft is paper yarn. Light, warm and less fluff.

Somerset Day project

Somerset scarf

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Black Swan Arts Open 2014

Black Swan Arts Open 2014 opened today, December 6th.

My work, “Chasing Shadows” was selected as one of the exhibition showpiece.

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

Black Swan Arts Open 2014

This piece is Hand Woven Japanese paper yarn fabric with Origami folding.
I could create series of shadows with the folding.

As you may see, my work is rather unique in this exhibition.
I’m glad the judge panel regarded this piece as an art, set aside the hot discussion “What is Art? and What is Craft?”
Also I would be honored to be selected among more than 500 submissions.

The selectors have chosen over one hundred pieces for the Open Exhibition, from a record 547 submissions and we would like to thank all those who have entered. This national competition is in its 12th year and we have received a tremendous variety of works across a broad range of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, print, photography, jewellery and animation.

Arts Open 2014Please come along and vote your favourite. And some donation is more than welcome.
This gallery needs your support.

Journal

My article is on The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, 2014 Summer issue.
The copy arrived yesterday.
They gave me 4 pages with big images. It looks fantastic!
I’m very pleased and proud of myself. This is the story of my journey with paper yarn.
journalMany thanks to all who helped me for this article.

This magazine gives you a great repertory of information for your inspiration, research, and knowledge.
Please visit their website for details.

WSD National Exhibition

Here is another exhibition news.

My lights are selected a National Exhibition of The Association of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.

National Exhibition14Pictures from the venue (taken by Jennie Parry)
“outside the window was a small homage to a Japanese garden”
Perfect!!!
Thank you Jennie.

二つの大きな展覧会の展示作品に私のランプも選ばれました!
昨日ご案内したのは、地元サマーセットで行われている展覧会。
そしてこちらはThe Association of Weavers, Spinners and DyersのNational Exhibitionです。2年に一度開催され、多くの応募作品の中から選ばれた作品が並びます。

If you are nearby please drop in.
You will be impressed by amazing, beautiful and intriguing work.
They are all made by “hands”.

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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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Colour hunting _ Autumn Garden

No more flowers in our garden. Yet it’s still full of colours.

autumn_garden1I took these photos from the balcony. The left one with sunshine in the morning and the right is with rain in the afternoon. Camera eyes are deceptive?

我が家の庭はすっかり「秋の装い」 散りゆく前の最後の宴。
左は朝日を浴びたぶどうの葉、そして右は午後に振り出した雨に濡れた葉。
同じ葉なのに・・・ カメラの目は騙されやすいようです。

autumn_garden2And I did collage on photoshop.

autumn_garden3The program called ‘color hunter‘ picks up 5 colours from the image.

カラーハンターというプログラムがコラージュしたイメージから読み出した5色。

And this is my translation of autumn colours from our garden.

そして私が秋の庭をイメージして作った作品。

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upper-left: on my loom, upper-right: finished fabric
lower: shawl

Cashmere, wool and silk-wool. Gorgeous touch!

カシミア、ウール、シルクウール。最高の肌さわり!