This is Adventure #3 of my holiday weekend (Sunday). I saw a little item on an English language news site about this traditional Japanese crafts event and checked out the website. It looked interesting, but the thing that convinced me to go was the hands on workshops. I got up early and took the train to Tokyo Station.
Because Trump was in Japan, there were police officers everwhere; and the coin lockers, vending machines, and trash cans were all closed.
I saw this antiques sale area outside and wanted to look when I finished with classes but it was already closed down by that time.
The event was spread over four venues, but I only went to the Tokyo International Forum Building, the location of the workshops. I didn't get many pictures of the processes because I was busy making things!
Tokyo some komen
I chose the rabbit in the wave design and the blue paint. After applying the paint, I used a hair dryer to dry the paint.
|My lunch mat|
Tokyo honsome yukata
|I chose the Komon design|
I took these pictures of the two people before me as they made their projects.
|My finished cloths|
I chose yellow and blue dye, which made green where the two mixed.
I decided to take this workshop because I saw the beautiful things in the Bekko Craft Museum in Nagasaki and wanted to see how it was done. I should have taken a photo of the shell before starting to work on it. It looked like some big pieces of ugly fingernail. First, I cut the triangular shape with this needle saw. Then, I filed it and sanded it. The teacher polished it with a machine and drilled a hole for the strap.
This is the teacher who is the third generation in his family to do this bekko craft. He is studying English and was happy to practice on me.
|My finished piece|
Tokyo muji zome
This was a kind of tie dye. I tied marbles into the fabric before putting it in the boiling hot dye for ten minutes.
|My finished cloth|
Tokyo shichiho (Cloisonne)
After putting the glass pieces together, it is put into an 800 degree C oven. It comes out red hot, then cools to the finished color.
|I finished mine into a hair holder|
Edo kimekomi ningyo
We had these fabrics to choose from. I decided to make a heart, with two fabrics. First, I put rice glue in the seams and poked the fabric in, one side at a time. Then I put a silver thread in the seam and a red strap.
This will be a hina ornament, come March.
|My finished ornament|