Welcome to The Space Waraku! Enjoy the Harmony!
Wa means "harmony and peace." Raku means the "enjoy." I hope I can create and offer the space to enjoy the harmony/peace through my works. (Dec.2009 I.K.)
From 7/29 to 8/1 (9-12pm), I will teach origami at Union County College Cranford to the teenagers. www.ucc.edu
I have decided to open The Space Waraku in 2007. Waraku in Chinese Character means to enjoy the harmony. I want the people feel the harmony in my works, the paper-craft, Japanese sashiko stitch, and Russian punchneedle. I learned the first two skills in Japan basically, where I was born and raised, the one from my grandfather and the other from my mother. I learned the last one in USA after the marriage. My challenge is to reflect the Japanese culture or identity in the American society by my works.
Some of my paper crafts are sold at these shops.
--Angelina's Gifts and Goodies, Closter, NJ.
--The Depot, Midland Park, NJ. www.cafsnj.org/how_to_help/depot.html
--The Craft Lounge, Leonia, NJ. www.thecraftlounge.com
--Tiny World, Bergenfield, NJ.
-- GCCA Catskill Gallery in Catskill of Greene County Council on the Arts. www.greenearts.org
--Craftmen by Design, Poughkeepsie, NY. www.craftsmenbydesign.net
--The Modern Dream, Saugerties, NY. www.themoderndream.com
-- Woman's Exchange of Reading, West Reading, PA.
--The Woman's Exchange of Memphis, Memphis, TN. www.womansexchange.com
At Art Center of Northern New Jersey in December 2011