Monthly Archives: February 2012

Jackson Pollock – An Inspiration

Yesterday I went to see the Jackson Pollock exhibition and came away wanting to know a lot more about the artist, his techniques and his life. I scoured the Internet for information, read the catalogue I had brought home from the exhibition and even downloaded the film, ‘Pollock’ directed by Ed Harris. I watched the […]


Jackson Pollock – A Centennial Retrospective

The first Pollock exhibition ever held in Japan I have just home back from the first day of the Jackson Pollock Exhibition held at The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. I am buzzing! The exhibition was fantastic and very inspiring. 70 of Pollocks works, including his early work during his student days, […]

Digitally manipulating photos

Today, I experimented with a new app on my ipad to digitally manipulate some of my recent photos. I wanted to investigate whether it would make it easier for me to draw the textures. These are the results. I am quite pleased and next I will do some sketches from them:

Ikebana, an exercise in concentration and focus

In Japan, those who have mastered an Art or Craft, whether it be: Wood-carving; Weaving; Ceramics; Calligraphy; Tea Ceremony or Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), are held in great respect. Some are elevated to the title of “Living National Treasure’. I love the idea of these ‘treasures’. There is much less a divide between ‘Art’ and […]

Eiheiji Temple

Eiheiji, the ‘temple of eternal peace’, is one of Soto Zen’s two head temples. It is located deep in the mountains near the west coast of Japan. It is a beautiful, spiritual place and I enjoyed wandering around the many rooms amongst the monks who were carrying out their ‘walking meditation’. Although we were not […]

Kutaniyaki Art Museum

On my tour, I visited the Kutaniyami Art Museum, where there was a wonderful display of Kutani porcelain. Kanazawa started producing porcelain in the 17th Century, having learned the craft from craftsmen in Kyoto. The five main glazes used are red (antimony), yellow (rouge), green (copper oxide), blue (cobalt oxide) and purple (manganese oxide). Later […]

Kanazawa Yasue Gold Leaf Museum

Whilst in Kanazawa, I visited the Yasue Gold Leaf Museum. I’m mentioning it here on my Learning Blog because I was amazed to learn about the lengthy process used to make gold leaf and the old machinery and tools still being used today. Almost all golf leaf made in Japan is produced in Kamazawa. In […]

Samurai houses in Kanazawa

On a recent trip to Kanazawa, I visited the Samurai/Geisha area, where there were still some traditional Japanese buildings.  Japanese buildings are full of lines: vertical and horizontal and I am fascinated by them.  I took many photos in Kanazawa, many of which I feel can be used as the starting point for textile designs. […]

Mother’s Hands Exhibition in Kita-Kamakura

I was so lucky to get to this exhibition as it was only on for a few days and a friend-of-a-friend passed on the details. It was held in a wonderful old Japanese private house-turned museum and my friend and I a couple of hours there taking in the beautiful textiles and general ambience of […]

Tokyo International Great Quilt Fair – a report

This was my favourite piece of textile art at the Quilt Fair Research Point Is there a theme? The Quilt Fair is a huge exhibition of Textile Art – mostly Quilts and had a number of themes and categories.  There were categories for prizes e.g. best framed work.  There were other categories of Traditional Quilts, […]