Category Archives: Japan

Rowland Ricketts

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Textile artist Rowland Ricketts starts with a handful of indigo seeds and uses traditional dyeing methods to create art installations and home accessories. The ones shown above are runners and noren (fabric dividers) partitions. The artist together with his wife, Chinami Ricketts, created Ricketts Indigo. He says on his site statement:

“I find great value in this connection indigo provides to a greater human tradition. Of equal value to me is the time and energy I invest in the farming, processing, and fermenting of this dye. As a dyer I strive to transfigure all the energy of human endeavor expended on this dye so that its vitality lends its life to and lives on in the dyed cloth.”

Images: Courtesy of Ricketts Indigo.

 

Guse Ars

GuseArsEnlightened by this cooperative project from Japanese design pair, Guse Ars. Designers Takahiro Murahashi and Satomi Iwase created this line of “washed patterns” using small found ceramic pieces washed ashore on the beach. The pieces were reconfigured and repeated to create these unique collection of blue patterns. You can see more of their work on their website and follow them here on Facebook.

Images: Courtesy of Guse Ars.

 

Kick FLAG

Kick-FlagAdmiring these color blocked bags sold under the Japanese brand name, Kick FLAG. The handmade bags and small cases were designed and produced by Yukiko Takahashi. Applauding her use of colors, fabrics and textures to form these simple geometric shapes. You can follow her here on Tumblr and also here on Twitter.

Images: Courtesy of Kick FLAG.