September 7, 2021

Beyond Making: Tapestry Goes on Display at Daycare Facility

A Warm, Welcome, “home”

A tapestry with images of wreaths of flowers and leaves has just been delivered to Social Welfare Corporation Ichihara Dormitory "KayĆ« Jurakudai," a welfare facility in Kyoto City. The title is “home.” The concept is “'Tadaima (I'm home).' 'Okaeri (Welcome back).' A tapestry that welcomes people warmly, like a home.” This was a group project by the first year students in 2020, and was woven by two students.

For the users, coming to the daycare is a source of energy. To create a tapestry for a place like this, the two students said, “To honor our seniors of life, as motifs we chose flowers that represent gratitude, and expressed wishes for good health, and the joy of gathering in a “circle.”

In this project, students decide on a theme after learning about the facility’s philosophy, design according to the space the tapestry will be in, draw a genga (original drawing), create a cartoon through taking a class by an expert from Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co., Ltd., and weave, receiving advice from the instructors at the school. For the students, it is a culmination of a year of study, and an opportunity to connect to society through creating.

The 157cm wide, 100cm tall tapestry delivered that day was displayed at the entrance used by facility users. It is a space where around 100 people come and go in a day. The average age of the users is 86, and the oldest is 105 years old. Due to the nature of the locality, there are some people who have worked as Nishijin-ori craftspeople. Upon seeing the tapestry, Kiyomi Mori, the director of the facility, instantly smiled and said, "The space has become brighter and more gorgeous.” She said, “The users here all love flowers, regardless of gender. I think conversations will start from seeing the tapestry. I will be happy if this becomes a place like that."

You can read more about the first year students’ group project here:
About the School: Tsuzure-Ori Series 3 | The Group Tapestry Project, The Culmination of a Year of Study

August 31, 2021

Beyond Making: Student Work Displayed at Tsuruya Yoshinobu

Expressing the Delicate Sense of Japanese Confectionery Through Weaving

A new tapestry made by a 2nd year student has been brought to be displayed at the main store of “Tsuruya Yoshinobu,” which produces Kyoto-style confectionery, in Nishijin, Kyoto. This is a part of the second year students’ curriculum, “Creating textiles for retail spaces,” which students who wish to participate, work on every year. The exhibition space is the landing of the stairs leading from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor of the store. Students actually go to the main store, taste the sweets, and start planning their work by putting themselves in that space.

Among the students of the second year students of 2019, Yuko Kano’s tapestry is now being shown. The motif she chose is a confectionery called “Seitai (Green Moss),” made from amber sugar. This is a beautiful confectionery which "expresses how the moss breathes lushly in sprinkled water (uchimizu),” and is sold as a limited edition product at the main store. The title of her work is also "Seitai." The concept is “such a beautiful day when the May rain bounces off the stone rocks in the garden and the moss freshly become grains of light."

Looking back on her creating process, Yuko Kano said, “Trying to express the delicate sense of Japanese confectionery through textiles was a fascinating experience for me. The beautiful colors that seemed to melt in the early summer rain left an impression on me, and when I first encountered this confectionery, I was drawn to its beauty, and decided to use this as the motif for my weaving. I made the tapestry in likeness of a white kakejiku (hanging scroll) that can be seen in the space of the tea room, and continued to work, imagining the changing scenery of the confectionery. After finishing installing the piece at the store, I felt the difficulty of making the best use of the space, but that too became a good opportunity for me.”

When visiting the main store of “Tsuruya Yoshinobu,” please enjoy the work along with the delicious Kyoto-style confectionery.

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August 6, 2021

Summer Vacation

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