Thursday, 8 September 2011

Design Festa update

Magicthinking's booth information is now up on Design Festa's exhibitor introduction page.
See here.

デザイン・フェスタvol. 34の出展者紹介ページにMagicthinkingのブース情報がアップされました。どうぞチェックしてみてください。ここです。

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Design Festa vol.34

Autumn is coming soon, I feel it in the air! Or maybe not yet? It's still over 30 degrees at noon. At least now my apartment's metal door doesn't burn like a frying pan anymore during the day. It really felt like I could actually do some cooking on that door if it was lying horizontally!

As they say it here in Japan, autumn is for art. So this year in November this autumn's Design Festa, vol. 34 will be held again at Big Sight from Nov. 12-13th.

This year Magicthinking will be sharing a booth with Nyonya Kebaya, whose traditional art work I have introduced before in one of my previous entries.

Please come and join the fun at the Design Festa vol. 34!
Will be looking forward to see lots of people there!






Thursday, 25 August 2011

Pink corduroy

I'm currently in the process of making small cute brooches now.
I have to choose the right fabric, the right sparkling beads, the right buttons. It's all about the combination.
For the fabric, I choose corduroy. I have a whole stack of it at one corner of my atelier.
I remember wearing a lot of them when I was a kid. I wore corduroy overalls, corduroy shorts, corduroy bell bottoms!
Corduroy as I remember them, always come in warm colours - brown, navy, maroon..maybe some white..
Now I find them in all the happiest colours I can think of, even fluorescent green!
My favourite is pink corduroy. They're bright and happy but at the same time gives you the warm feeling that corduroy should give.
Lets add a little bit of colour to the brown autumn with pink corduroy!



Saturday, 23 July 2011

The Nyonya Kebaya





The Nyonya kebaya is one of the many traditional clothing of Malaysia. Among the many traditional clothing of the numerous ethnic in Malaysia, the Peranakan Nyonya kebaya is one of my favourites, for its beautiful embroidery.

I was at a nyonya kebaya exhibition in Kagurazaka and had a chance to see how the embroidery was made. The embroidery on each kebaya is made precisely and skillfully therefore according to Koid Boon Ean the designer of Kim's fashion , even an experienced kebaya maker would take from weeks to months to finish.
What makes kebaya special is not only the beautiful embroidery but also the design of the kebaya itself that makes the wearer look elegant. Although kebaya is a traditional wear, it can easily match with modern clothing such as a skirt or even a pair of jeans.

If you're in Tokyo and would like to take a peek at this wonderful art work, the exhibiton at Kagurazaka will be on until the end of this month. The exhibition is held in a local handcraft store, Tsubaki-ya.
The address: Tokyo Shinjuku, Kagurazaka 3-6.
(I've posted a picture of the shop here too)

You can also visit Kim's fashion site to learn more about the nyonya kebaya and also events that will be held in the future.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Handmade Korea Fair 2011

I was in Seoul last weekend, to visit the 1st Korean Handmade Fair 2011.
I find the exhibition was quite interesting, with many artistic and creative booths. Many of them are local Koreans, with some booths by Japanese artists.

Although the whole exhibition was not a s big as as the Tokyo Design Fair, I think that this exhibition has potential. Whenever I go to Seoul, I see many many small shops with some very creative ideas and extremely cute stuff.
Definitely there's a potential for the number of creative exhibitors to grow if this exhibition is continued annually.

I'm already looking forward to their next exhibiton!♡★




Monday, 9 May 2011

Design Festa vol.33




Hi there!

Golden week is over, its time to get back to work. Time really flies...I thought 10 days was long.
Anyway, I hope that most of you managed to go for a little holiday or at least get some rest. There won't be any public holidays from now until the summer holidays, so maybe you want to take each day slow until summer comes?

For you art fans out there I am sure you have the dates in your calender already. For those who don't, here's a reminder about the design festa vol. 33. It will be held this weekend ( 14th&15th May 2011) at Tokyo Big Sight.
To my regret Magicthinking will not be putting up any booth this time but I'm definitely going to get a peek at of all the wonderful art work there!
See you at Big Sight!

Friday, 18 March 2011




Friday, 18 February 2011