Friends and I visited the Tokyo Spinning Party on Monday. A show full of fleeces, silks, spindles, batts, workshops, and lots of other colorful yarn-y goodness.
White Romany, approx US$10.00 for 3oz.
5 Ladies in a Felting Class
Is spinning popular in Japan? Happy Spinning’s booth full of batts was cleaned out! Completely! Yes, spinning is popular in Japan.
Lots of Silk!
Looking for more adventure? Check out Boya Sheep Farm in Hokkaido, complete with Sheepdog Shows at the farm.
I picked up a few things that might work for my Tropical Butterfly Garden art installation:
A bit of sparkly blue to use in combination with another yarn to create a great look for the Ulysses Butterflies.
Big texture that might work for the rainforest floor along with this most grass-like yarn.
Looking forward to attending next year!
I just sent one of my wire crocheted flowers to be shown at the Kana Art Festival & Exhibition this weekend in Gunma, Japan. This is a free event open to anyone interested in escaping the crowded city for a beautiful weekend in a lovely mountain town. Some of my fellow artists will also have work at the Festival Exhibition such as Lori Ono.
Shiro Oni Studio is hosting the Kana Art Festival & Exhibition with details and directions on their website:
Date: September 27-28 – 2014
Time: 10am- 8pm
We’re holding an art festival on September 27 (sat) and 28 (sun) in celebration of Chiaki Horikoshi’s recent lifetime achievement award from the King of Spain for his cultural contributions between Spain and Japan. The Spanish ambassador to Japan will present the medal to Mr. Horikoshi on the 28th at 4pm.
Experience a great combination of Spanish and Japanese Events:
- Flamenco and cante X Onishi festival music
- Spanish Piella X Tochanage stew
- Spanish Wine X Local Japanese sake
- Kjell Hahn’s tearoom X Chiaki Horikoshi’s tearoom
- Artwork from area artists and Shiro Oni Studio artists from over 10 countries
- and its all free.
My first book fair and, according to Zine’s Mate, it is the largest in Asia! My boothmates definitely agree that it’s huge, the amount of art books, zines, paper supplies, printers, and all the accessories seems to cover acres of booths.
Tokyo Art Byte Critique’s Booth No. H-05 has been enjoying the amazing flood of creativity that has poured into the Gaien Campus. Here’s a look at the write-up for our group in the book fair catalog:
My favorite find so far is an adorable cat mamebon:
Measuring a mere 4 cm this little book has a fat felted tail and a full story complete with illustrations. Created by a student at the Nagoya University of Arts for a Media Communication Design class. You’ll find them at Booth No. D-04 but at only 500 yen each they will go quickly!!
Across from our booth is the enthusiastic Knuckles & Notch from Singapore, sharing a table with another art book designer all the way from NYC:
Today is all about the buttons! Putting those finishing touches on my Travel Journals for the Tokyo Art Book Fair this weekend.
For every 5 buttons I sew, there is a small Pumpkin Kit Kat reward!
Button, button, button, button, button, pumpkin kit kat, button, button, button…
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I am creating a large scale wire & yarn hand-crocheted Tropical Butterfly Garden art installation in Queensland, Australia to be completed in March/April of 2015. To construct this large piece I am seeking a reliable yarn source for specially dyed yarns the colors of various butterflies, caterpillars, flowers & plants native to north Queensland.