Interested in craft workshops in Japan?
Have a look at this one for pattern design by Minako Okada Design Workshop in Kamakura city (about an hour south of Tokyo by train). You can learn about the principles of repeat patterns, which is the basis of fabric and paper pattern design.
Workshop participants learn basic pattern design and the principles of repeat pattern design. They can choose workshops which are suitable for kids; design and create chiyogami paper; or design and print a handkerchief. They learn how to design and make stamping blocks from an “eraser” material (easier than rubber or lino), which are then printed onto a fabric or paper surface. Stamping onto washi paper is the basis of the traditional Chiyogami technique of paper printing.
Minako Okada says they don’t need experience or tools, “the most important thing is to have an interest in the technique”. Participants learn “how to use colours on textiles, about traditional Japanese paper (washi) and so many things on their own!”.
Minako Okada trained at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and has built a reputation as an accomplished illustrator and Chiyogami pattern designer.
Her next workshops at Minako Okada Design Workshop are on 11 August 2017. Probably a bit TOO soon to plan(!) a trip but wouldn’t it be fun to do one?
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