Published February 12, 2013
design , Japan , product , textiles , works
Tags: design, fashion, furoshiki, Japan, Japanese, pattern, patterns, print, product, sustainable, textiles
It’s February 2013 already, and this blog has been so neglected!
There’s been a lot of activity amongst the Link collective since I last wrote. 2012 has been busy! We saw the introduction of Link’s popular leather carry strap (designed and handmade by director Kyoko), some beautiful work from a new collaborator in London, Hannah Waldron, who also presented with Kyoko at PechaKucha Night in Tokyo. A fresh collection of new furoshiki designs and colours, and some really great photos from photographer Martin Holtkamp. An interview with Link’s printers was published online by spoon-tamago in July, giving a rare look behind the scenes. To end the year, Winter colours were released and Kyoko flew to New York where she ran a small Link furoshiki workshop.
2013 is already underway, keep your eye’s peeled for more …
Published August 4, 2010
design , Japan , textiles , works
Tags: Cocca, competition, design, exhibition, Japan, textiles, Tokyo
Photos from www.cocca.ne.jp.
Recently I sent some work to Tokyo, to my favourite printed textile store, cocca. They were inviting work for a summer competition: ’Print Textile Festival of cocca 2010′. I feel very excited and honoured to discover that I have been awarded two prizes for my work – a Jury Prize, selected by Eguti Hiroshi (representative of a bookshop UTRECHT in Nakameguro) and cocca Special Prize “seeing Japan from abroad”.
There will be an exhibition, from Tuesday 24 to Sunday 29 of August, displaying the prize winners works at their shop in Daikanyama. If you’re in Tokyo please check it out!
Special thanks to my friend Jun for helping me out with translating all correspondence. x
Published August 2, 2010
design , green , Japan , LINK , product , textiles , works
Tags: Day to day, design, fashion, furoshiki, Japan, pattern, print, product, sustainable, textiles, Tokyo
After lots of work, we are very excited to officially announce the launch of our limited edition furoshiki!
Two original designs, hand-printed in Japan on 100% cotton. Please take a look at our site: http://thelinkcollective.com/.
Published May 20, 2010
Day to day , design , Japan , LINK , product , shape & pattern , textiles , works
Tags: Day to day, design, furoshiki, Japan, pattern, print, product, textiles, Tokyo
We just received a photo from our printer in Tokyo showing our new project in progress … I’m very excited. I’ll announce more about it very soon!
Published March 20, 2010
architecture , film , Japan , shape & pattern , travel
Tags: architecture, Day to day, film, Japan, pattern, shapes, travel
Shinkansen.ver2 is a beautiful film by Daihei Shibata, of a journey taken by Shinkansen.
Published March 5, 2010
Day to day , Japan , Photography , shape & pattern , Tokyo Project
Tags: colour, Day to day, domestic life, Japan, Japanese, pattern, Photography, shapes, Tokyo
Today I begin posting a series of photographs taken during my time living in Tokyo between 2001-2007.
As I walked around the city I was endlessly inspired by the many day-to-day things I encountered. I don’t find I have the same experience living in Los Angeles. That’s somewhat due to the driving culture here (I no longer walk from place to place) but of course predominantly it comes down to the difference in society.
The things I found and shot in Tokyo were not what one would immediately think of being ‘typically Japanese’, however there is a certain underlying subtlety and aesthetic in the functional that I have yet to discover here in L.A.. When I first arrived in Tokyo I became paralyzed by the abundance of visual stimulation. After a while though, I couldn’t stop taking photos! A few years later, I was seeing on a different level again, and the subjects I photographed were a little less usual.
With a desire to rediscover my observations once again, here begins ‘Tokyo Project’.