Folkdräkter 

I have been invited to participate a cultural exchange exhibition here in Sweden. The theme was that I would find an inspiration from Swedish culture, and a Swedish artist would get inspiration from Japanese culture to produce works. In Sweden, on Midsummer Day, people wear Folkdräkter (folk costume) and I thought I could take it as a starting point. Folkdräkter has many stripe patterns. At first, it was difficult to relate the stripe pattern to my identity, and to connect it to anything from Japan. Later a memory from my childhood suddenly came up in my mind. It was calligraphy lectures in Japan where we learned how to write well by practising Kihitu, Syuuhitu, Souhitu, Harai, Ore and Hane techniques. With these techniques, we could express our own personality and characters in writing (text) by using brushes and black ink. By combining what I have studied as a child and what I experience every Midsummer, I could create very personal way of the drawing stripe pattern.

 
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