Nakajima Takeshi – Bridging the Hand-made with Design

In a concrete apartment block alongside the Katsura river in Kyoto, you might be surprised to find a dyer at work under fluoros – at nights and after work, Nakajima Takeshi is making his own mark, dyeing Hikizome (brush-dyed) textiles. Adjacent to a stylish living area that attests to a love of design and western … More Nakajima Takeshi – Bridging the Hand-made with Design

TOKO>Aoki Satoko. Illustrative Imagination meets Hand-dyeing.

Last year, on a rainy October morning I had a wonderful time meeting up again with Satoko Aoki, a Dyer and Illustrator, who works under the artist name of Toko. We first met almost exactly 3 years earlier when we exhibited in a group show of six ‘up-and-coming-artists’ at the Somé Seiryukan Museum in Kyoto. Originally … More TOKO>Aoki Satoko. Illustrative Imagination meets Hand-dyeing.

Takeshi Nakajima – Bringing hand-dyed textiles into daily life with Hikizome

The world is a small place. You realise this even more so when someone on the other side of the world echoes your own point of view and shares the same struggles and questions. Takeshi Nakajima comes from a background in Graphic Design but wanted to make something tangible by hand. Through trial and error, … More Takeshi Nakajima – Bringing hand-dyed textiles into daily life with Hikizome

Sayaka Koike – the everyday made ethereal 

In a beautifully re-modeled machiya in the heart of Kyoto, Sayaka Koike is making unique work that really highlights the unique qualities of dye-work. Drawing inspiration from everyday moments and feelings, Sayaka combines various resist techniques which are not usually compatible to produce rough textures and depth. Leaving white edges visible or showing the movement … More Sayaka Koike – the everyday made ethereal 

Yassy Fujimoto – seeking the true expression of batik dyeing in Kyoto

Batik meets Kimono – seeking the true expression of batik dyeing in Kyoto. I had the pleasure of meeting with batik artist Yassy Fujimoto this week . Yassy’s explorations with Indonesian batik dyeing and producing silk kimono are a beautiful expression of cross-cultural influence and exchange. Yassy told us all about her process and ideas … More Yassy Fujimoto – seeking the true expression of batik dyeing in Kyoto