I visited Tent London, right next to Spitalfields market. Tent was a magical wonderland exhibiting wacky interior designs and furnitures, including fascinating graduates work from Kingston University. What I really liked in Tent was this interactive light called ‘oshibe’(stamen) by Tomomi Sayuda. It creates soothing sounds and lights when you place eggs, representing elements of life, and is different depending on the positions and numbers of the eggs. How cool is that!
Back at Origin, I met London based Japanese ceramicist Mizuyo Yamashita. Having been following her blog for sometime, I was pleased that I’ve finally viewed and touched her work first hand. You can simply adore her careful attention to the details. I loved this house candle holder with a moose printed inside. Now it brings us smiles day and night.
Like Mizuyo and Tomomi, I've realised there were so many Japanese artists and makers both at Origin and Tent. Although I don’t like being biased to where people originally came from or where they are based, it was nice to see great numbers of people from my home country who have succeeded and blossomed. This is encouraging, because I could imagine those tough times they might have been through working in the foreign country. Whether it was a little or not, we could get isolated or knocked down by the huge language and cultural walls at times. Looking back how hard it was for me, I sincerely admire their ambition and determination. And more so their creativity. They were shining in this massive city just like their work. xm