Day two of my week with Chiso, where I visited a Kyo Yuzen resist craftsman, an Oke Shibori craftsman and a Shibori dye factory.
Following a whirlwind visit to Kawaguchi and Itchiku Kubota’s museum, I arrived in Kyoto ready to spend my week with craftsmen of Kyoto. One of the oldest and most revered kimono manufacturers in Japan’s history, Chiso was established in 1555 within Kyoto – the capital at that time. Chiso’s production manager, who guided me through each stage of the kimono making process, graciously hosted me.
Accompanied by Chiyumi Nogami
Part hosted by Mitsuyuki Tanaka of Chiffonez (acting agent to Furoshiki factory)
Kensuke Serizawa, writer for Great Gear on NHK World TV channel.
Based in the Fujisawa area of Tokyo
Furoshiki (pronounced fu-rosh-ki) is a cloth wrapping used to elegantly cover and carry anything. Traced beginnings in the 17th century this cloth is evident in many stores in Tokyo today, perhaps an indication of the unerring dedication to refined presentation.
A documentation of my visit to a family run screen print factory in the outer fringes of Tokyo
National Culture Day was first celebrated as a national holiday in 1868. The holiday’s particular purpose is promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavour.
Through the impressive forest of Meiju Jingu shrine in the centre of Tokyo various events of traditional attractions and clothing were on display.
I am incredibly pleased to announce the start of my Travel Fellowship 2017. Funded by the incredibly supportive Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, I will be visiting Japan and Australia through November and December.
My particular aims of the trip include building knowledge and experience within specialist traditional textile tachniques. Natural resources and how they are positively used or reduced in use. Sustainable techniques and how these could be implemented in the UK. Finally, and overarching all the previous aims, the perceived value of textiles.
I will be updating my blog as much as possible over the next 6 weeks with visits and associated archive/museum references.
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After finishing the second Innovation Project with the Topshop print design team at the beginning of April, myself and fellow print designer Elizabeth Clay visited the Fashion and Textiles Museum in Bermondsey for a textile nerd-out.
We just caught the final days of Art Textiles; a retrospective of luxurious art textiles in silk, velvet, cotton and felted wool by internationally collected designer Marian Clayden. The exhibition celebrates the influence of a British-born artist who transformed psychedelic tie-dyed fabrics into a million-dollar fashion business in the United States.
Tie dye is having quite the moment, having sampled it for Victoria, Victoria Beckham last year and have been exploring shibori techniques for a upcoming Couture Collection (more on this will be revealed once the show has happened).
This was a great show, demonstrating the productive and highly skilled work Clayden created. She demonstrated a high level of control on what can be a very difficult to predict process.
Another inspired curatorial programming from the museum, and very much looking forward to the upcoming Missoni exhibition opening this week.
In December 2014 I had the pleasure to teach Zoe, a Fabric Technologist working in the fashion industry. We spent the day exploring how acid dyes work with certain fibre types, how to expose silk screens, creating the dye pastes using recipes and how to colour match.
Zoe achieved some wonderful prints in an ambitious 6 colour design and printed them beautifully. Below you can see the results of her hard work.
Zoe will be continuing her one to one courses with me in the near future, and learning more exciting print processes that will help develop her industry knowledge and create designs she knows will work well when developing for Italian mills.