Award winners of the Second International Furoshiki Design Contest for Students

The Japan Foundation held the Second International Furoshiki Design Contest for Students in autumn 2010 in collaboration with its overseas offices, eliciting submissions from design students overseas.
Among all 217 submissions, one winner of Grand Prize, three winners of Prize for Excellence, ten winners of Merit Prize, and ten winners of Honorable Mention were selected.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for participating in this event. The Foundation hopes this Furoshiki Design Contest serves as an opportunity for people overseas to know Japanese wrapping cloths furoshiki as well as for young designers to improve their skill.

The Second International Furoshiki Design Contest for Students

1. Participated countries: 9 countries: Germany, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, US, Brazil, Russia, Viet Nam, Singapore

2. Total entries: 217

3. Awards:
Grand Prize (1 winner): prize money \100,000; reproduced on actual furoshiki
Prize for Excellence (3 winners): prize money \30,000; reproduced on actual furoshiki
Merit Prize (10 winners): prize
Honorable Mention (10 winners): prize

4. Judges outside the Japan Foundation at the final judging in Japan : 3 judges
Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Professor, Musashino Art University / Design critic)
Noriko Kawakami (21_21DESIGN SIGHT Associate director / Design journalist)
Chizuko Morita (Representative, Furoshiki Study Group)

<Grand Prize>


Banana leaf - furoshiki

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Title: Banana leaf - furoshiki
Country: Vietnam
Designer: Phan Khanh Trang
School: Hue College of Art

In the past, people in Vietnam often used banana leaves to wrap things. Banana leaves and furoshiki are both evocative of the simpler ways of life that were common in days gone by. The dragonfly has long been popular in Japan and Vietnam as a traditional design symbolic of natural beauty. This design, which incorporates a banana leaf and a dragonfly, expresses the close cultural relationship between daily life in Japan and Vietnam.

<Prize for Excellence>

Cross Cultural Design

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Title: Cross Cultural Design
Country: Singapore
Designer: Yeo Hai Tian Leon
School: Nanyang Polytechnic

This design is based on the concept of cross-cultural interaction between Japan and Singapore. The soft violet background emphasizes traditional colors. A kiji (Japanese Pheasant), Japan's national bird and a species endemic to Japan, is at the center of the design, surrounded by orchids, the national flower of Singapore. The design expresses a fusion between Singapore and Japan.
Great Pacific Garbage Fish

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Title: Great Pacific Garbage Fish
Country: United States
Designer: Michelle Ray
School: Tyler School of Art

The plastic bottles stand for the fish that swim in the Pacific Ocean between the United States and Japan. The fish are colored by the trash that human beings discard into the ocean, depicting the plight of marine life today, forced to exist in an unnatural environment brought about by the slow ruin of the Pacific Ocean habitat.
Nature

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Title: Nature
Country: Canada
Designer: Rin Shimizu
School: York University

This design blends Hokusai's "Red Fuji" with maple leaves as an image of the links between Japan and Canada. Sashiko and quilt stitching was used to incorporate cherry blossom petals into the fabric, expressing a fusion between the two countries.

<Merit Prize>

Title: Aborigine
Country: Australia
Designer: Maggie Chang
School: Australian International College of Arts

Aborigine

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  Title: Spring
Country: Australia
Designer: Peggy Luan Yee Lai
School: Design Centre Enmore

Spring

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Title: Make a wish
Country: United States
Designer: Ryan Castro
School: Rhode Island School of Design

Make a wish

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  Title: Ipe and Cherry Blossoms
Country: Brasil
Designer: Karin Ueda
School: UTFPR

Ipe and Cherry Blossoms

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Title: Japan in Mosaic
Country: Brasil
Designer: Heraldo Oliveira Guerreiro Fantinatti
School: Positivo University
Japan in Mosaic

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  Title: Into the Sun
Country: Vietnam
Designer: Tong Thi Ngoc / Bui Thi Mai Anh
School: Vietnam Fine Art University

Into the Sun

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Title: Spring
Country: Vietnam
Designer: Nguyen Thi Thu Loan
School: Hanoi University of Industrial Design

Spring

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  Title: Floral Harmony
Country: Singapore
Designer: Joel Yip Yong Jun
School: Nanyang Junior College

Floral Harmony

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Title: Fusion
Country: Singapore
Designer: Tracy Wu Xinyang
School: Raffles Design Institute

Singapore

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  Title: Flourishing Flowers
Country: Singapore
Designer: Ooi Xiang Mun
School: Raffles Design Institute

Flourishing Flowers

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<Honorable Mention>

Title: Japanese Crane & Moose
Country: Canada
Designer: Mimi Lai Drivas
School: Centennial College Interactive Digital Media

Japanese Crane & Moose

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  Title: Tides
Country: United States
Designer: Katie Pearce
School: Rhode Island School of Design

Tides

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Title: Transporting and Connecting
Country: United States
Designer: Stefanie Seet
School: Tyler School of Art

Transporting and Connecting

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  Title: Blend of Shapes
Country: United States
Designer: Katherine Meng
School: Rhode Island School of Design

Blend of Shapes

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Title: Tomodachi (Friend)
Country: United States
Designer: Lillian Duermeier
School: Milwaukee Institute of Art

Tomodachi (Friend)

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  Title: Floral Harmony
Country: Brasil
Designer: Maira Teruko dos Santos Nisi
School: Bandeirantes University

Floral Harmony

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Title: Sakurara
Country: Brasil
Designer: Aline Watanabe
School: Brazil Academy of Arts

Sakurara

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  Title: White Birch and Cherry Blossoms
Country: Russia
Designer: Tatiana Poludenko
School: M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

White Birch and Cherry Blossoms

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Title: Where the motorbike passes by
Country: Vietnam
Designer: Pham Son Tung
School: Danang Architecture University

Where the motorbike passes by

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  Title: See beyond the Seas
Country: Singapore
Designer: Lie Marsha Aramita
School: Lasalle College of the Arts

See beyond the Seas

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