Safeefah x Japanese Grass - HAMABE/Beach Tapestry

by Kazuhito Takadoi


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Estimated production time: 4 weeks

This piece has been produced during the "Design Labs" initiative by Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council.
Dimension LxWxH (cm): 84x64
Limited Editions Material : Cotton Thread, linen twine, threads, washi paper
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Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council collaborated with designers Patricia Swannell and Kazuhito Takadoi from the UK-based Jaggedart Gallery, who share a rapport with the natural world, using and being inspired by organic materials and approaching their practice in a measured, labour intensive and serene way.

Despite each artist having their own distinct art language, the result of this collaboration was an inspiring dialogue and deeper understanding and appreciation
of Sharjah.

In the “Safeefah x Japanese Grass” Design Lab, three wall tapestries incorporating Emirati palm fronds and Japanese grass were produced by Takadoi and Irthi’s Bidwa artisans.

The tapestries reflect the landscapes of Sharjah through the eyes of Takadoi, who is a UK-based, V&A acquired, and Loewe shortlisted artist.

Artisans from Irthi’s Bidwa Social Development Programme combined their knowledge of Emirati Safeefah weaving techniques with Takadoi’s refined Japanese embroidery techniques to produce delicate woven elements that link Emirati and Japanese landscapes.


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About the designer

Kazuhito Takadoi

Nature is both my inspiration and my source of material, which is provided in abundance from my garden and allotment. There are no added colours, everything is simply dried then woven, stitched, or tied. To me, shadows are an important dimension to my work and as the light changes or the point of view is moved, so the shadows will create a new perspective. And because the materials I use are un-dyed, the colours may alter with time adding another layer of interest.

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Presenting “PROXIMITY”, a collection created in collaboration with Southern Sweden Design Days showcasing a selection of new work from ten designers and studios. As a whole, the collection contemplates the notion of proximity, interconnection, and belonging. Whether through contemporary references to traditional crafts techniques; the use of locally sourced materials such as wool, lichen, steel, and wood; or playful visualisations of the notion itself, the selected pieces illustrate the importance of closeness, interconnection, and kinship in uncertain times. Featuring pieces by Andrea Santivanez, Andréason & Leibel, Ebba Lindgren, Förstberg Ling, Jóna Berglind Stefánsdóttir, Lab La Bla, Lisa Darland, Louise Hederström, Moa Lönn, and Studio M. Organised by Form/Design Center in Malmö, Sweden, Southern Sweden Design Days is an annual event currently in its second edition, which highlights sustainability, collaboration, development, and innovation in design. This year’s theme, as described by the event organisers, “[reflects] on the notion of being close – the connection between people, cities, countries, species, professions, etc”. The physical exhibition of “PROXIMITY” will take place at Lokstallarna, Södra Bulltoftavägen 51, 212 22 Malmö from 19 - 22 May 2022.