I have not been to Japan but have great interest in the country, having friends from there and an interest in their craft of Kumihimo and Bonsai.
I wanted to reflect my interest in the culture of the country.
Third visual studies piece.
I bought fan sticks and designed this fan.
I printed it using transfer print techniques and then embroidered it using traditional Japanese embroidery in silk threads.
I made the fan reversible, to give the user a choice, although this is the one I consider to be the front.
The back of the fan, with a different print.
The fan was made up and then hand stitched to the fan sticks.
I also screen printed the design onto cotton fabric and used the fabric to make a box to keep the fan in.
The box is entirely hand stitched with no glue to hold it together.