As part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture 2019-20, Erna Janine of Freeweaver Studio has organised the third Japanese Textile and Craft Festival at Craft Central the weekend (the 13-15th of March). The show is exhibiting the work of a variety of artists and craftsmen, all of whom take direct or indirect inspiration from Japan – whether traditional crafts, artistic modern day interpretations or reinterpretations of Japanese philosophies.
This time both of us have been involved with the festival. Jonny has designed the publicity information, flyer and catalogue cover and Ross is exhibiting pieces inspired by traditional Japanese packaging. This lost art showcased the connection to nature while applying sophisticated design and natural aesthetics to simple objects. Hideyuki Oka’s inspirational book ‘How to Wrap Five Eggs’, was the starting point for to Ross’s Artefact series, pieces of which are exhibited in the festival.
Other traditional crafts on display are born, shibori, indigo dyeing, weaving and kimono construction. Workshops and demonstrations running this weekend include Kasuri Weaving with Scharine Kirchoff, Sashiko stitch a tote bag with Rob Jones and Four Hour Kimono Style Garment Sewing with Petit Jardin + Freeweaver Studio. Whilst the current pandemic might discourage people from venturing out, this exhibition is well worth a visit, with some stunning work on display. The festival runs over the next three days at Craft Central, The Forge, 397-411 Westferry Road, London, E14 3AE.
Text and images © Jonathan Dredge