- Cultural Exchange between Japan and Poland - “Award Winners of the Furoshiki Design Contest for Japanese and Polish Students”

In 2011, the Japan Foundation held the Furoshiki Design Contest for future designers, eliciting submissions from students in Japan and Poland as a part of cultural exchange between Japan and Poland since Poland has officially announced that it will reinforce diplomatic relations between Japan and Poland. The theme for the contest is "Fusion of Japan and Poland".

Among all 140 submissions, one winner of Grand Prize Certificate, one winner of Certificate of Excellence and ten winners of Certificate of Merit were selected as follows.

 

< Grand Prize Certificate >

Utopia

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♦Title: "Utopia"
Nationality: Poland
Designer: Marta Sibielak
School: Liceum Plastyczne Gliwice

Concept:
I wanted to draw typical elements associated with Poland and Japan. For Poland I chose a white stork, and for Japan the famous carp, or "koi." The design is in the two country's national colors.

 

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Vivid Universe

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♦Title: "Vivid Universe"
Nationality: Japan
Designer: Shougo Uehara
School: Division of Forests and Biomaterials Science, Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University

Concept:
This design was inspired by the Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, who proved that the Earth orbits the sun. I incorporated this orbiting movement into the design. I also made use of the colors red and white, common to the national flags of both Japan and Poland, and used traditional Japanese colors to depict the cosmic space.

 

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The Flow of Culture in Japan and Poland

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♦Title: "The Flow of Culture in Japan and Poland"
Nationality: Poland
Designer: Klaudia Stefanowska
School: Uniwersytet Artystyczny Poznań

National Flag × 2

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♦Title: "National Flag × 2"
Nationality: Japan
Designer: Rina Sakaguchi
School: Dressmaking, Sugino Fashion College

Bird Inspiration

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♦Title: "Bird Inspiration"
Nationality: Poland
Designer: Elzbieta Czapla
School: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych we Wrocławiu

Leaf Patterns

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♦Title: "Leaf Patterns"
Nationality: Poland
Designer: Karolina Satou
School: Otsuka Textile Design Institute

Poland & Japan

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♦Title: "Poland & Japan"
Nationality: Poland
Designer: Maria Duszenko
School: Polsko-Japońska Wyższa Szkoła Technik Komputerowych

National Flag × National Flag

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♦Title: "National Flag × National Flag"
Nationality: Japan
Designer: Daisuke Yamada
School: Nagoya Mode Gakuen

Lowicz-style Japan

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♦Title:"Lowicz-style Japan"
Nationality: Poland
Designer: Emilia Cwieczkowska
School: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych im. Jana Matejki w Krakowie wydział

Polish Flag x Hinomaru

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♦Title: "Polish Flag x Hinomaru"
Nationality: Japan
Designer: Aya Sakurai
School: Faculty of Applied Life Sciences, Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences

Japanese Crane and Polish White Eagle Origami

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♦Title: "Japanese Crane and Polish White Eagle Origami"
Nationality: Poland
Designer: Martyna Kuciejczyk
School: Państwowe Liceum Plastyczne im.Erica Mendelsohna w Olsztynie

Tea Ceremony

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♦Title: "Tea Ceremony"
Nationality: Japan
Designer: Chisato Masui
School: Department of Goods and Jewelry Design, Niigata College of Art & Design

The 2 works having won the Grand Prize Certificate and Certificate of Excellence will be produced as the JF original furoshiki to mark and promote "Exchange between Japan and Poland".

We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude for students' participating in this event and support from related school staff. The Japan Foundation hopes this Furoshiki Design Contest serves as an opportunity to promote further cultural exchange between Japan and Poland.

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