Tagged with craft

Exhibition: “Kitsch Kogei” by Keiko Masumoto

Exhibition: “Kitsch Kogei” by Keiko Masumoto

Can there exist objects that are not designed for practical use, yet are not simply decorative pieces? That is the question Keiko Masumoto‘s exhibition “Kitsch Kogei” at the ICN gallery in London is asking. Masumoto’s pieces, such as this octopus pot, take a look at the blurred boundaries between fine art and craft. Is this … Continue reading

Weekly Shiritori #4

Weekly Shiritori #4

Last week’s post was about Shikoku (しこく / 四国), so this week I need to start with く (ku). I didn’t get any suggestions from anyone this week, so I decided to be a bit old-school and search through the Kodansha Encyclopedia of Japan which is in my office to get some inspiration. In the end, … Continue reading

Japan Crafts – for Christmas!

Japan Crafts – for Christmas!

Is your Christmas tree lacking that certain something? Would you like to give your friends a lovingly hand-crafted decoration for Christmas? Do you love Japanese crafts? If your answer to any of those questions is “yes”, read on! Sometime back in July I stumbled upon Japan Crafts. Japan Crafts is a small, family business based … Continue reading

Origami – so much more than paper cranes

Ask the average person to name something about Japan, and one of the things they will probably say is “origami”. Origami (折り紙) is the world-famous Japanese art of paper-folding. Typically, people think of paper cranes when they think of origami: Paper cranes are something you can often see all over Japan at shrines and temples, and … Continue reading