The Japan Foundation (JF) held in autumn 2010 the Second International Furoshiki Design Contest for students studying designs in 9 countries overseas, such as Germany, Indonesia, Australia, Canada, US, Brazil, Russia, Vietnam and Singapore. Among all 217 submissions, the designs of one winner of Grand Prize (Vietnam) and three of Prize for Excellence (Singapore, United States and Canada) were newly adopted as JF original furoshiki.
Title: Cross Cultural Design
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.
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.
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.
Price at JFIC shop: ¥1,400
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