(pictured: samples of Junko's v-neck top)
WORKSHOP UPDATE: Due to flight restrictions from Japan, Junko Matsushita's scheduled workshop has been postponed until further notice. If you have registered for this class, and have not been contacted by one of our team members, please call (206) 381-3000.
Please join us in welcoming Osaka author and clothing designer Junko Matsushita to KOBO Japantown, where she will teach two workshops.
Participants will learn a few of her techniques when creating new garments from old, using vintage pieces and textiles — all without a pattern! She will also demonstrate taking apart a kimono and making the most of the separate panels and working with the standard Japanese fabric width.
Junko will provide a variety of beautiful Japanese textiles for your hand-sewn project. No sewing experience necessary.
The Japanese kimono was created in the Heian era and has been large part of Japanese culture for more than 1200 years. Junko recognizes the collective nostalgia for the function and art of the kimono, and offers her ideas in creating a new piece from the traditional garment. Junko's philosophy is to create clothes of the future, while considering the past.
There are two workshops to choose from on Sunday, March 22nd. Please specify which workshop you want to signup for:
Workshop #1 - 10am-12pm
Workshop #2 - 2-4pm
Bosatsu is a Japanese word for “Bodhisattva” originated as a Sanskrit word for a “being who aspires to Buddhahood.” Bosatsu carry out altruistic practices to achieve enlightenment and are compassionate beings who postpone their own entry into Nirvana in order to lead others toward enlightenment. The plump figures, which I call “Chubbies”, are the predominant icons in my art and my visual interpretation of the Bodhisattvas. These Bodhisattvas are struggling and suffering in order to advance to enlightenment while helping others to do the same, in the muddy pond of earthly desires.