Our purpose for this project is to encourage victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan. It was a few years ago now, and most people have started forgetting this tragic incident. However, some are still suffering since that time. Many of these people lost their family, homes, and jobs, and some are still living in temporary accommodation. Daily it’s a struggle to find hope and something to live for.
We are introducing a number of artists from the region, making handmade works to try and earn a living.
We want to help artists and craftspeople from the region get back on their feet. The goal of these pages is to publicise the artists background stories and introduce their art works. We would like to show the world how these victims are rebuilding their community, supporting each other and advancing their art.
If you find any of the work interesting, you can purchase from our site. We hope you find compelling, these works and the stories of the people who made them.
In Sydney, we are planning an exhibition of works and we welcome support from anyone that is willing. We also hope to be part of other events in the future. [Read more] Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Piece by Piece
Ohbori Soma ware is a traditional craft from Fukushima, extending back 320 years. “Piece by Piece” is a restoration project, making new products from the fragments of Ohbori Soma ware broken at the time of the 2011 Japanese earthquake disaster. It’s a way to pay tribute to the cultural tradition, and to bring something positive out of the tragedy of the earthquake & tsunami. [Read more]
Rakuzen is a collaboration between a non-profit organisation (supporting the disabled), traditional “Aizu lacquering” craftsmen based out of Fukushima, and a commercial product designer, to produce a series of tableware. The products are beautiful examples of lacquerware, but also incorporate the essence of modern design to make them practical for daily use. Products include the “Rakuzen Bowl” designed to be easy to hold, and “Rakuzara” (easy plate) designed to be easy to hold and use.
Shirakawa daruma have been loved since the Edo period (1603–1868) in Shirakawa city, Fukushima. People believe that it’s a lucky charm.
Traditionally, daruma are produced without the eyes being painted in. You are expected to paint in the left eye of the daruma (e.g. using a marker pen), then make a wish. Later, after your wish has come true, you paint in the right eye to give thanks. People often wish for things like the safety of their family or business success. [Read more]
These bright coloured earrings and made from Aizu textile sandwiched between resins. Aizu textile is a traditional craft of Fukushima, and has good aesthetic properties. The earrings come in a range of shapes (circles, triangles and squares) and look very cute.
They were made by a group of local women in Fukushima, struggling to come to terms with their new lives. These works have given them a focus, reminded them of the beauty of life and given them hope for the future.