Upcycle Workshops with author and clothing designer Junko Matsushita, ***POSTPONED

January 27, 2020

Upcycle Workshops with author and clothing designer Junko Matsushita, ***POSTPONED

(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

Cost: $220 (includes workshop fee + tax, textiles)
Class size is limited. Register by March 15th at KOBO Capitol Hill or Japantown, by calling (206) 381-3000.
Junko Matsushita started her label "Wrap Around R" (Wrap Around Robe) in 2005. Based in Osaka, Japan, she has published books on her patterns, is featured in magazines and on television programs in Japan. She also offers classes and workshops at her studio called Rojiroom, a renovated 80 year old Machiya (townhouse) in Osaka. 

Junko's website: Wrap Around R (Japanese)

(Photo of one of Junko Matsushita's books from Wrap Around R's Facebook page)