Usually when you create the inspirations comes first, then the art work comes alive.With my visit to Yakushima island it was exactly the opposite – I mean backwards. Like a dejavou effect I saw the “inspirations” to many of maw works I have done already – the magical nature which was also apparently the backbone for Miyazaki Hayao when he was working on Princess Mononoke.
Yakushima is kind of “symbol” of ancient Japanese nature, one of the most “wet” places in Japan which makes it even more magical and whimsical. To stay over you have a choice of typical Japanese B&B places or a hotel – a very special one – SANKARA Hotel & Spa which is not a typical ryokan place as you could expect in here but rather resort style – a renowned luxury treat. Staying at SANKARA in Yakushima its almost like being on the double trip – two in one, which is truly overwhelming experience.
It has an amazing swimming pool, mountain trails just literally outside, fresh air, spa that uses the local herbs, and restaurant with French haute cuisine trained chefs, with own baked bread for breakfast to start a day and sunrise view which is breathtaking. And the overwhelming silence with the never-ending nature around, where monkeys and deers wandering around the local roads, stunning waterfalls and the rain drops which somehow sounds louder yet calmer. Being there was a purifying experience for all senses, and staying at Sankara was a truly luxury treat.
I came back to Tokyo with heaps of photos and some good sketches and illustrations, and very recharged and inspired again.
Jil Wu, with whom I have been working on various projects for last few years, is just curating a new and very particular exhibition in Taiwan, called SAVORING TIME. It is all about so beloved Taiwanese cuisine, the lifestyle where it originated from. And this is her repot on this:
Taiwan’s contemporary culinary delights were given fusion flavors by residents of military kindred villages converging from various parts of China. After almost 7 decades since 1947, the fusion has rooted in Taiwan, sprouting up robust innovation, such as the unique tale of Chittering in Pot — Taiwanese Style.
“Savoring Time” depicts the military kindred village’s storied homemade meals of simplest cooking ingredients and most authentic tastes. Each dish exhibits refinement of harsh life and exhausting existence; and every bite, instant aromas with sweet aftertaste of memories.
Themed on “Savoring Time”, the 1st “Delicacies of Military Kindred Village” Exhibition offers a journey down the memory lanes via those homemade dishes replicated in the old buildings of Village 44-South, as we explore genuine stories, varied lives, and culinary delights.
Marked by Memorable Tastes, 1947 ~
Photo courtesy of Jil Wu Artiste, Just Play Design Co.
It is about to finished or rather at least to change of the current shape my installation / space design / display for Vermeerist Beams called My Little Universe. Inspired by the mood and character of the boutique and its director/buyer Tomoko Inuzuka, and my fascination about Universe, cosmos, time-space etc It was also, after a really long time, my take on more 3D objects – this time hand made mobiles.
I just found these photos on my Instagram /@przemko/ and couldn’t resist posting them here. It was during my last year trip to Taipei, at Bella Vita, a very exclusive department store, just in the middle of the courtyard there was this Hermes-installation – a huge Kelly Bag, made of real leather, where you can enter inside and experience visually and “physically” how it is to be inside of the real bag /there were lost of shaking and “jumping” moments”/. Great idea how to new-way-experience fashion moment and such a classic icon as Kelly Bag is, with no doubts.
As every year Sakura season comes and goes, this very short-lived beauty seems like had its last stop with the last official Hanami at Louis Vuitton Omotesando store with celebration of its re-opening. On this occasion there was held a little event with especially arranged Cherry Blossom tree /straight from Kyoto/ by botanical artist Seijun Nishihata from Botanical Garden Sora. All was set in the middle of ground floor in a huge vase containing apparently a tone of water and this only for three days to last. On the top of it there was a little but a very powerful Kabuki performance /no photo allowed/ on especially built on this occasion stage. It was a very impressive celebration of the store re-opening and sakura-season closure, indeed.