Sustainable fashion and textiles - it's not too late to change.

Posted on June 6, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Fashioned from Nature exhibition at The V & A museum
 
It is time to face the truth: the fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. This is not fake news, it is a fact.
Confession 1: I am guilty of polluting the environment, and I have been doing [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Shopping, Shopping guide, Fashion, Films & documentaries, Eco designs, Eco living, Social issues, Design, Pollution & environment, sustainability and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, fashion, eco designs, eco living, Shopping guide, pollution, sustainability


Tribute to Mono-Ha exhibition at Cardi Gallery in London

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
While I was walking around Green Park one afternoon, I stumbled upon a poster outside of the Cardi Gallery with this title: 'Tribute to MONO-HA' (13 March - 26th July 2019). I was not only surprised but extremely excited since it is rare to see collective work associated with this art movement [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Art, Anything Japanese, Japanese art, Sculptures and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, Japanese art, sculptures, Mono-ha, Cardi Gallery, Modern art


'Living Colours: Kasane' – an exhibition on Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop

Posted on May 25, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
When I returned from Asia, I managed to book myself onto the curator's tour of the "Living Colours: Kasane – the Language of Japanese Colour Combinations" exhibition at Japan House. The exhibition explores the natural dyed textile work of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Kyoto. Due to my interest in natural dyeing, it [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Anything Japanese, Textiles, natural dyeing and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, traditional crafts, textiles, natural dyeing, Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop, Japanese craft, Japan House


Mumbai's ancient Kanheri Buddhist caves

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Toothpicker

The view of Mumbai's highrise from the top of the hill
 
Before my trip to Mumbai, I was told by my friends from Mumbai that there isn't much sightseeing to do in the city, yet it is up to the visitors to find out what this city really has to offer. And they [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Nature, Buddhism & meditation, Art, Gardens & parks, Mumbai, India, Archaeology, Indian art, Buddhist art and was tagged with nature, Buddhism, Buddhist art, Mumbai, India, Kanheri caves, Cave art, park


Mumbai's art deco and modern architecture

Posted on April 22, 2019 by Toothpicker

Indian Merchants Chamber was designed by Master, Sathe, and Bhuta and built in 1939
 
Before my trip to Mumbai, I was not aware of that the city has the second largest number of art deco buildings in the world, after Miami. In 2018, the Oval Maidan precinct which showcases 94 heritage buildings in [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, Modernist & Art Deco, Mumbai, India and was tagged with architecture, walks, art deco architecture, Architectural conservation, Mumbai, India


Mumbai's splendid colonial architecture

Posted on April 21, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I arrived late in the evening to Mumbai, and as the cab drove towards Fort (the older part of Mumbai), I was completely capitivated by the impressive colonial architecture out of the window. And in the following days, I spent much of my time wandering around the southern part of Mumbai, which [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Architectural conservation, Mumbai, India and was tagged with Colonial architecture, Architectural conservation, Mumbai


Dharavi - the largest slum in Mumbai

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Toothpicker

The foot bridge to Dharavi 
 
Inequality is increasingly becoming a global issue, but it is more apparent in rich cities like Mumbai - the world's 12th richest city. According to the statistics from 2016, about 55% of the city's population lives in slums, or areas of extreme poverty that lack the basics such [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Social issues, Street life, Mumbai, India, Inequality & poverty and was tagged with street life, inequality, Mumbai, India, Dharavi, slum tour, poverty


The fascinating streets of Mumbai

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Toothpicker

Mornings and Sundays are the best times to ramble around Mumbai
 
I have wanted to visit India for years and yet never made it until recently. However, due to all the negative press on safety issues for female travellers in recent years, it made me quite anxious before my trip. The only 'alone [...]

This post was posted in Photography, Travel, Street art & graffiti, Street life, Mumbai, India and was tagged with graphic design, sunset, street life, street art, street food, Mumbai, India


Art, nature & permaculture in Fujino

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Most foreigners who visit Japan tend to stick to big cities or well-known onsen/resorts, and they rarely travel to the rural parts of Japan. On this trip, I completely fell in love with Japan's rural countryside. The Kumano Kodo pilgrimage was a highlight, but I also loved Fujino, a rural town (with [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Food & dining, Shopping, Travel, Nature, Eco living, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Hiking & walking, Design, Japanese art, ceramics & potteries, Japan, basketry and was tagged with hiking, Japanese designs, shopping, nature, eco living, Japanese art, Japan, Food & dining, pottery, Japanese craft, sustainability, Fujino, basketry, permaculture, transition town


Japanese textiles workshop (Part 2): Katagami & Katazome

Posted on October 28, 2018 by Toothpicker

 
Top: a visit and demonstration of katagami by the Ise-Katagami artisan Isao Uchida

 
Like I mentioned in my previous entry, my knowledge on traditional Japanese textiles techniques was quite minimal before the workshop. I have done some shibori techniques like itajime and pole wrapping, but I have never done any stitch shibori nor [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Travel, Paper art & craft, Art, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Design, Japanese art, Japan, Textiles, indigo dyeing, Katazome, Katagami and was tagged with paper craft, traditional crafts, Japanese art, Japan, indigo dyeing, Japanese craft, Japanese textiles, katazome, katagami


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