Starting November 26, Creation Gallery G8 and Guardian Garden—two galleries in Tokyo’s Ginza district operated by Recruit Holdings—will host an exhibition of individually designed and stencil-dyed Japanese wrapping cloths known as “furoshiki.” The exhibition is the 2019 edition of the annual “Creation Project,” this year representing a collaboration involving 167 creative artists and a number of artisans working in Kyoto.
The furoshiki’s basic usage is as a wrapping cloth. Furoshiki can be intricately folded in infinite ways to accommodate the item or items they are intended to hold. Besides this practical aspect, they can also be used in various artistic ways: spread out or hung as a decorative room accessory, for example. The furoshiki on display will be of remarkable variety, including both traditional motifs as well as bold, contemporary illustrations.
Kyoto, where “Yuzen” and various other dyeing techniques continue to be passed down, today is home to only a small number of workshops that produce furoshiki by hand. This makes each and every piece an individually crafted work of art.
Together with the furoshiki designed by the 167 creative artists, also on display will be furoshiki created by young children at a design workshop hosted by Creation Gallery G8 in August.
All items on display will be available for purchase, with net proceeds to be donated to the “Save the Children” charity.
We hope many people will take this opportunity to participate in this worthy charity event.
¥1,600 (tax included)
At the galleries: All furoshiki on display will be available for purchase at the two galleries during the exhibition.
Online: All items on exhibit will also be available for purchase online from November 26 through January 31, 2020. Items sold out at the galleries can be ordered online (made-to-order) between November 26 and December 21; after December 21, only remaining stock will be available for online purchase. All items will be shipped in February and March 2020.
URL: https://store.ponparemall.com/rcc-gallery/ (Japanese language only).
Allocation of Proceeds
Proceeds from this event (after production costs) will be donated to “Save the Children.” The funds will be used in Japan to relieve child poverty, prevent child abuse, support children living in disaster zones, etc.
Organizers and Venues
CREATION GALLERY G8
Recruit Ginza8 Bldg., 1F, 8-4-17 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8001
Hulic Ginza 7-chome Bldg., B1F, 7-3-5 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-8227
Yuki Moriya (documentary), Ryuta Nasu (Furoshiki)
Creation Project is a series of annual exhibitions launched in 1990 as a charity event that also conveys the fun and enjoyment of art and design to a large number of people. Each year works created on a noncommercial basis by artists with links to the two galleries have been displayed and offered for sale, and the proceeds have been donated to various charity causes. In 2009 the name “Creation Project” was adopted. From 2011 through 2015, the project was conducted to support recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami disaster of March 2011, generating donations totaling approximately ¥11.34 million. In 2016 a donation in the amount of ¥1.58 million was made in support of recovery from that year’s series of severe earthquakes in the Kumamoto region. Since 2017 the scope of production bases for the featured items has been expanded nationwide, and the project serves to demonstrate, through the power of design, Japan’s traditional craftsmanship and industrial capabilities. Under this format, in 2017 and 2018 a total of ¥1.44 million was donated to the “Save the Children” charity organization.
Creation Project 2011: Tote Bags Made in East Japan
Creation Project 2012: EAST ALOHA
Creation Project 2013: Little Handbags from Ishinomaki
Creation Project 2014: Japanese-style Notebooks from Tohoku
Creation Project 2015: Date Knitting
Creation Project 2016: Indigo Cups
Creation Project 2017: Tube Socks
Creation Project 2018: Small Oborisoma-ware Plates