We like bringing items back from Japan especially tenugui towels. They are made from thin cotton approximately 14 x 36 inches. They function as towels but can also be a washcloth, dishcloth, headband, decoration or as a gift wrap. What we love about them are their unique designs. The items shown above are from the hand towel specialty store, Nijiyura, a brand of Senten Tenugui established to protect craftsmen and traditional culture.
More of their designs can be viewed on their website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Nijiyura.
Masaru Suzuki is a respected textile designer who comes from the seaport town of Chiba, Japan. He is best known for his bold, playful compositions inspired by nature, plants and animals. He graduated from Tama Art University with a BA in Dyeing and Weaving Design. After working at a few design studios in 1995 he started to expand own business as a textile designer. In 2005 he started his own fabric line Ottaipnu and in 2010 collaborated with Nordic textile manufacturer, Marimekko. Currently he has been designing various manufacturers and brands in Japan and overseas. On design site Kinarino he says this about colors:
“I don’t think “flashy = beautiful color”. There is absolutely no dirty color when viewed by itself, it’s a combination of saving and killing, so I am very conscious of that. Well, personally I like flashy colors, so I’d like to use it if it’s allowed (laughs) Of course I also like black and white beige, and I wear it myself, but I try to use colors that have an impact somewhere. I feel like my thoughts will stop if I use only safe colors.”
The artist can be followed on his website and on his company’s website, Ottaipnu.
Images: Courtesy of Masaru Suzuki.
Tammy Kanat is a Melbourne-based artist whose recent work has focused on tapestries woven around an oval-shaped copper frame. These large-scale textile art are inspired by nature, fashion, architecture, objects and other creatives. Each stunning wall hanging is made from hand-woven plush yarns and chunky wool of various thicknesses. On Color Me Quirky blog she gives this advice to freelancers:
“I was told this story and I would give this advice to all artisans. My friend travelled to the other side of the world to see a famous musician. He came out to sing and play his beautiful instrument however he was very sick with the flu, he played to the crowd and his music was exceptional. At the end of the performance a crowd member thanked him for making the effort to come and sing for everyone even though he was so unwell. The singer looked at the man in the audience totally confused and he said to him. I do not come out on the stage to sing for you I come out on this stage to sing for myself because it makes me feel good and happy. I would say to any artist don’t lose touch with why you originally embarked on your artistic journey! It is great if others can appreciate it but at the core your best work is when you stay true to yourself.”
You can follow the artist on her website and on Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Tammy Kanat.