Monday, 28 October 2013

AIR - day 50

Another workshop with 3rd graders in Oyada elementary school. 17 pupils divided in 4 groups created 2m-high monsters from trash and dairy objects. This workshop is aimed at developing imagination and
creating a narrative about the character they make.

Group1 created a garbage monster which has the third eye to be able to see 10km ahead. The monster of Group2 is a flying beetle guarding the town. They set a broken controller on its forehead saying "it has a button for running and flying. Also it has a timer like 1hour or 10min that it can use the super power during the time." Third group's monster lives in a quiet place as it likes playing music. It has several musical instruments attached on the body.  The last one has a superpower of safety. They found many tops of plastic bottles and put them on the body as suckers so that it won't fall when it climbs a wall. It also wears a helmet. 

In 2011 I did a workshop of hybrid character making for adult as a part of a group exhibition in London. This workshop is based on the same concept but bigger and collaborative. They will have another class for making a profile sheet about each character.  
This is the last workshop during the residency program. I hope I can do a workshop again with children. 





Sunday, 27 October 2013

AIR - day 49


I joined a tour walking Suhara area where is 15 mins away from Mino by car.
This tour is guided by Hiroto Inoue who is a young folk singer researching about
local folklore and Japanese traditional performance art. 
The genre of the song is called "Sato-uta" (village-song) that everyone sang in their everyday life.
He guided historical places and sang some folk-songs related with the places.

Started from Suhara Shrine.


In the past they lumbered in mountains and made a raft of timbers in order to transport to bigger cities.
This is a song raftsmen sang on the raft. 

On the way to Rokkaku-dou (six-sided temple)


Walking alongside of the Nagara river towards Tachibana area.


A hydroelectric power station built in 1910. 
Designed as a modern industrial heritage and an important cultural asset.



End of the tour at Saegusagami-Koubou, a paper making workshop run by Takeshi Kano.
I have visited his workshop before and was so impressed with the quality of his beautiful paper. 


I really enjoyed the tour and would love to walk the same route again sometimes.

Friday, 25 October 2013

AIR - day 47

I have completed the piece of my work which explores the idea of dividing and a correlation between negative space and positive space. The cutout I created divides the paper in half, right and left, while they are still delicately connected with the fine lines. Furthermore the act of making holes on the paper connects the front space and the back of the paper. It also leeds the notion of "here and there" when it is hanged.

Whenever I cut paper it goes over the English terms "negative and positive space" in my mind, although I cannot find right words paraphrased in Japanese. Seeing negative space means seeing positive space, and vice versa. The positive space creates shadow when it's lit, while negative space is filled with light. The front and the back, light and shadow, positive and negative space.... They seem to be opposite each other, but they are like two sides of the same coin. 

“隔てる・分ける” ということ、そして空間におけるネガティブ/ポジティブということを模索して制作していたものが一段落しました。紙の中心をカットしていく行為は、一枚の紙を右と左に分けつつも、細い線によって左右を脆く繋げています。また、切り抜かれた穴は紙の前後をつなぎ、吊り下げることにより空間を隔て、こちら側とあちら側という概念を生み出します。


Thursday, 24 October 2013

AIR - day 45

Workshop with 4th graders in Makitani elementary school.
They traced a body figure onto a cardboard with a method, either lying down on the paper or casting shadow on. They then collaged with paper and other materials reflecting character and personality of the model. 
This is the 3rd workshop for us during this artist in residency program. It is not only fun but also very inspiring for me as children are full of open imagination. And of course, they are so adorable!!! 


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Saturday, 19 October 2013

AIR - day 40

I started cutting the paper I made in the workshop. Size : width 1m length 2m

Friday, 18 October 2013

AIR - day 39

Experiments with light and shadow

Commercial work - Q-Pot Mook

The magazine "Q-Pot.", which I worked for, is now out.
It is a seasonal magazine/catalog of an accessory brand featuring cakes and sweets.
Available on Amazon and other book shops.


Thursday, 17 October 2013

AIR - day 38

Large sized paper making workshop.