Category Archives: Japan

Craftie Style

One of the things we love about Japan are the numerous workshops available.  They also have dozens of online projects like this one from Craftie Style which we will attempt to make.  Instead of stone plastic clay we will be using air dry clay available at most craft stores. After concentrating on making similar pins we hope to graduate to larger projects like hanging ornaments and coasters.  Incidentally, use Google translate since Craftie Style is in Japanese.

Images:  Courtesy of Craftie Style.

Pernilla Works

Found these simple unique products on Japanese online marketplace, Minne.  The textile artist, Naoko, graduated from design school and started selling handmade works while working on designs. She accompanied her husband to overseas assignments and during that time continued to self-teach Nordic weaving. “Eori” is also called “Flemish weaving” and is a very simple technique using a small loom. Warp threads are stretched over a small wooden frame, and weft threads are manually interchanged.

The textile artist can be followed on her website and Instagram.  Her items can be purchased on Minne and Creema.

Images:  Courtesy of Pernilla Works.

Irodori

We found these handmade brooch on a Japanese lifestyle website and thought it would be a fun project.  They’re called the Chiku Chiku or prickly brooch.  There is no pattern to follow and you are free to use your imagination so that no two patterns will ever be alike.  We discovered that these particular pieces were made by Tamagawa Welfare Workshop a corporation that operates both elderly care and disabled support business.

The brooch are sold under the brand, Irodori, who makes not only sashimi embroidered products but several other products using recycled  materials. Irodori works with elderly and disabled people invigorating and making them actively contribute to the local community. 

You can find more Irodori products on Facebook and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Irodori.

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