Paper art & craft

Echizen Washi Village

Posted on October 9, 2018 by Toothpicker

The JR Johana Line in Toyama and the poster for the Belles montagnes et mer sightseeing train
When foreign visitors think of Japanese railway, the first thing they think of is likely to be the sleek Bullet train/ Shinkansen. As much as I appreciate them, I have a particular soft spot for [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paper art & craft, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Transport, Japan, washi paper, Train journey and was tagged with paper craft, contemporary crafts, Japan, trains, washi paper, Monono-fu gallery, Echizen washi village, ekiben

Ainokura & Gokayama washi

Posted on October 5, 2018 by Toothpicker

Unlike Shirakawa-go in the Gifu prefecture, the remote Gokayama region in the Toyama prefecture is exempt from big bus tourism and seems to attrach more independent travelers. Even though the two areas are both declared as UNESCO world heritage sites, they are located in two different prefectures, and I have a feeling [...]

This post was posted in Architecture, Travel, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, Anything Japanese, Architectural conservation, Japan, washi paper, Folk arts & Mingei and was tagged with folk arts & craft, Architectural conservation, Japanese architecture, washi paper, Ainokura, Gokayama

Mino washi museum & Akari Art Gallery

Posted on September 27, 2018 by Toothpicker

One of places I wanted to visit in Mino was the Mino washi museum. Yet the museum is located about half an hour's drive from the town centre, and there are no buses that could get me there. After enquiring at the tourist office (inside a washi paper stationery shop), the [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Paper art & craft, Art, Anything Japanese, Contemporary craft, Japanese art, Japan, washi paper and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, museums, paper craft, Mino, washi paper, akari, paper lanterns

Burmese crafts: papier mâché , lacquerware & pottery

Posted on April 5, 2017 by Toothpicker

Stumbled upon a papier mâché maker's home in New Bagan
Before my trip to Myanmar, I had no idea that a myriad of traditional crafts are being produced in different parts of the country. Apparently, every region uses local materials to produce in a specific craft that is unique to that area [...]

This post was posted in Travel, Paper art & craft, Traditional arts & crafts, ceramics & potteries, Myanmar and was tagged with paper craft, traditional crafts, Myanmar, pottery, Burmese craft, lacquerware

Mino washi from Gifu exhibition

Posted on November 15, 2015 by Toothpicker

Mino washi paper exhibition at The Proud Archivist
I have been wanting to visit Mino in Gifu Prefecture in Central Japan for a while. My motive is to do with none other than paper, as Mino is renowned for traditional Japanese paper making.
The origin of Mino washi can be traced back to the [...]

This post was posted in London, Japanese designs, Exhibitions, Paper art & craft, Anything Japanese, Design, washi paper and was tagged with London, Japanese designs, art and design exhibitions, paper craft, The Proud Archivist, washi paper

Cross Cultural Live Art Project 2014

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Toothpicker

 Top: Haggerston; Bottom: Hanqing Miao's performance

I used to spend much my time hanging out at the ICA, yet since summer, I have been frequently visiting another new arts/cultural space, The Proud Archivist in Haggerston (an area where I was not familiar with before). I have never eaten in the restaurant downstairs [...]

This post was posted in London, Exhibitions, Paper art & craft, Theatre & performance art and was tagged with London, art and design exhibitions, paper craft, performance art, The Proud Archivist

DesignrsBlock & Design Junction 2014

Posted on October 9, 2014 by Toothpicker

Top left: DesignersBlock in Clerkenwell; 2nd row middle: Plumen's tree installation; 2nd row right: Dome by The Dub Module; Bottom: Beth Lewis-Williams
To be honest, I didn't think DesignersBlock's previous venue (South bank) was a suitable one because the show was too scattered and it just didn't gel together as a whole [...]

This post was posted in London, Paper art & craft, Design festivals & shows, Contemporary craft, Design, Videos & animations and was tagged with London, origami, contemporary crafts, design junction, designersblock, London Design Festival

LCC show & New Blood exhibition

Posted on August 5, 2014 by Toothpicker

 London College of Communications' Summer Show
This summer has been busier than ever, which means I have not had much time to write... this entry is another review of two summer graduation shows in London: London College of Communications and D & AD New Blood.
My friend, Seonyoung Song who studied Book Arts at the [...]

This post was posted in London, Packaging, British designs, Paper art & craft, Graphics & illustrations, Design festivals & shows, Design and was tagged with London, design show, Packaging, paper craft, graphic design, British design, illustrations

Our new theme: PLAY

Posted on November 5, 2013 by Toothpicker

In the past few years, I noticed a "back to basic" trend happening in the developed countries, and even in product designs, many designers have opted for less decorative style and creating products from natural material. Simple wooden toys also seem to have made a comeback, which I am quite happy to [...]

This post was posted in Japanese designs, Business, Paper art & craft, Anything Japanese, Taiwanese design, Designers & artists, Design and was tagged with Japanese designs, paper craft, Taiwanese design, business

Traditional Chinese paper cuts

Posted on August 26, 2013 by Toothpicker

As promised, I shall continue to 'show off' my vintage collection... and this time, it is traditional Chinese paper cuts that I collected when I was young. As a child, I loved to draw, cut, fold ( origami) and build ( lego). Of course my cutting technique was hardly refined, but I [...]

This post was posted in Paper art & craft, Chinese design, Traditional arts & crafts, Design and was tagged with paper craft, chinese design, Chinese paper cuts, folk arts & craft

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