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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 …
Tags: Day to day, design, Marimekko, pattern, product, teapot
What can I say … I’ve always loved Marimekko, but these things … well, they’re beautiful! Both porcelain plate and teapot are designed by Sami Ruotsalainen for the In Good Company collection.
Tags: design, fashion, pattern, product, textiles
I’m not a big fan of tie-dye, but I think this sweatshirt by Aiko is beautiful.
Tags: design, domestic life, Japanese, kids, pattern, print, product, textiles
Tags: book, colour, design, illustration, pattern, product, textiles
It’s a beautifully selected and put together book, showcasing patterns by contemporary artists and designers. I know Ayako has been working hard on this project for some time now. I’ve been waiting to see the results ever since she invited me to shoot the designer & director Mike Mills in his studio, for the book’s chapter on ‘Ideas, Process + Output’ back in February.
‘Pattern Factory is a colourful showcase of outstanding contemporary patterns by the worlds leading artists and designers, including Takeshi Murakami, Julian Opie, Keiichi Tanaami, Perks and Mini, So_Me, and many others. In addition to an archive of more than 150 vibrant and distinct patterns, this visually stunning volume includes exclusive interview pages – featuring Mike Mills, Eley Kishimoto, Lizzie Finn, Sousou and Fabrick/Medicom Toy – which unveil the artists’ working processes and sources of inspiration, along with photographs of their studios and factories.’
A refreshing collection of unexpected and unusual pattern designs; be ready for a lot of nice surprises in this book!
Salvia (‘Mori’ – detail)
Will Sweeny (‘Metal Storm’ – detail)
Peter Jensen (Illustration & Print design by Kathryn Dale – detail)
Lizzie Finn (featured in Chapter 2: Ideas, Process + Output)
Mike Mills (featured in Chapter 2: Ideas, Process + Output). Studio photography by Lucinda Newton-Dunn.
Fabrick’s screenprinting workshop (Kyoto)
Eley Kishimoto – A/W 2005
Plate by Lizzie Finn
Tags: colour, design, pattern, print, product, textiles
Some limited edition space-to-think yardage just in!
Tags: colour, design, domestic life, Japanese, pattern, print, product, sustainable, tenugui, textiles, Tokyo
I’m immersed in thoughts of Japan …all this talk about furoshiki, dreaming of friends in Tokyo while I sleep, and wishing I was there right now for a week of Tokyo summer with my husband on his business trip … I miss it. Still.
It’s been almost two years since we left and seems like a lifetime ago. I must get back there some time, before it just becomes a figment of my imagination!
While we were living in Tokyo I fell in love with tenugui – a short length of printed cotton 33cm x 90cm. The name ‘tenugui’ indicates ‘that for wiping hands’, however it was originally used as a towel when taking a bath, or for covering the head like a scarf. Similar to the versatile furoshiki, tenugui can be used in multiple ways – used to wipe your brow on a humid day, as a kitchen towel, for wrapping, given as a gift, tied as a bandana, used as a handkerchief, or even ripped up into bandages (the edges are left unfinished). Tenugui are still used in everyday life in Japan – on the heads or around the necks of workmen, or in festivals, given as thank you gifts or handed out as promotional pieces for businesses. The uses are endless.
The printed patterns on tenugui immediately seduced me and were the main inspiration behind my initial interest in printed textiles. I’ve always loved the everyday object, the random or not so random array of overlooked details that surround us. When Japans Edo Period (1603-1868) saw the development of popular culture, fine designs based on features of everyday life were created in abundance. Graphic designs depict useful objects, kitchen tools, animals, even grains of rice! Some are simply geometric patterns.
Recently new, more cost effective digital techniques are being used for printing tenugui, but the traditional form of printing tenugui still remains, requiring skilled workmanship. The traditional technique results in a design that beautifully carries through the fabric, so the design appears on both sides.
I collected many tenugui while I was living in Japan. I couldn’t resist them! And of course now is the season for tenugui; during the hot and humid days and summer festivals, you can find different designs in abundance!
Here I’d like to share a few Tenugui that I particularly like from my collection. Some I use regularly, some are kept unused.
Soon, to follow on, I’ll post some material from my experience on a course in Tokyo
printing some tenugui in the traditional way.
Tags: colour, design, Japanese, pattern, print, product, textiles
space-to-think was commissioned by Samsonite Japan to design a limited edition novelty ‘furoshiki’* (90 x 90 cm traditional wrapping cloth) to be presented alongside the launch of their new line of limited edition Cabin Size suitcases launched in May.
Using three colours on chirimen (traditional Japanese crepe cloth), we wanted the design to compliment and add a little burst of colour to the Cabin Size suitcase range (beige, apricot, brown) – something a little retro and fun, that would appeal to customers of a 30-60 year old age group.
As Samsonite is all about travel, it seemed obvious to me that the idea behind this furoshiki design would be ‘movement’. Keeping in mind the multi-purpose function of furoshiki, an important aspect of the design was to create something that worked as a beautiful pattern when folded, but when the furoshiki was spread out in full, the image worked in it’s entirety. By using repeated shapes and patterns rushing across the fabric, I wanted to create a sense of movement and direction in the imagery. In addition to that, the swallow being a true traveler – fast, agile and migratory – leant itself perfectly to the overall concept. See some sketches for the project here.
I was very excited to be invited to work on this project, especially as I have a passion for traditional Japanese textiles … and it was very enjoyable to have the opportunity to work with Kyoko, at Samsonite in Tokyo. I look forward to future creative collaborations!
The Japanese Ministry of the Environment promotes the use of furoshiki as an eco friendly, alternative way to wrap gifts and to carry things around. The name ‘furoshiki’ translates as ‘bath spread’ as it was once most used for wrapping people’s clothes at the Public Bath houses. They are also used for bundling up or gift-wrapping all sorts of things from lunch boxes or books, to watermelons and bottles of wine!
We went to a special screening of Objectified last night, plus Q&A with director Gary Hustwit. It’s a good film with interesting interviews, nicely shot and put together, with some humorous bits too. It touches on the inspiration and approach of various product designers in various areas and it emphasized to me the importance of reconsidering what I need, what I produce and our consumerist way of life. I wish there were more films like this.
Tags: design, envelopes, environment, green, product, sustainable
Photo from The Good Envelope Party.
The Good Envelope Party is a group of woman from the Silver Lake area, who get together once a month to make recycled envelopes over a nice glass of wine and a chat. It’s a flurry of folding, gluing and fun! The envelopes, sold in sets of 10, are made from reused magazine and book pages. The imagery on each envelope is completely unique, ranging from the beautiful, to quite surreal, to very humorous!
The brilliant thing is that the proceeds are directly donated to non-profit organizations, underfunded schools, and local families struggling to fulfill their basic needs. And The Good Envelope Party are very proud and excited to have just made their first donation!
Tags: chair, Cocca, design, Japanese, product, textiles
Photos from cocca.
I love this Iron Arm Chair 厳島東京タワー 夜. Wish I could buy it. Wished I’d seen it before we left Japan. Sigh. It’s from this little shop called Cocca in Daikanyama, Tokyo. Cocca sells amazing limited edition fabrics and related products. I used a fabric by Spoken Words Project for a cushion I made. They’d designed a whole collection of fabrics based on the polka dot. Really lovely work.