I got invited to participate at a cultural exchange exhibition in Sweden. Me and a Swedish textile artist did a colaboration and learned about each other's cultural heritage.
In Sweden, on Mid-summer's day, people wear traditional costumes called Folkdräkter. I thought it would be a good source of inspiration as Folkdräkter has many colourful patterns. At first, it was difficult to relate to my Japanese identity. Later memories from my childhood came to mind. We had calligraphy lectures where we learned how to write well by practising different techniques: Kihitu, Syuuhitu, Souhitu, Harai, Ore and Hane. With these, we could reveal our own personality and characters in writing by using brushes and black ink. A combination of my childhood memories and the traditional Folkdräkter, resulted in a very personal way of drawing stripe patterns.