Tokyo Midtown Design Hub Special Exhibition
“Shin Hakata Iki Den (New Stylish Hakata) – Young Creators of Textiles and Dolls -“

Tokyo Midtown Design Hub Special Exhibition “Shin Hakata Iki Den (New Stylish Hakata) – Young Creators of Textiles and Dolls -” will be held from Saturday, August 24 to Sunday, September 8 at Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, the information center of international design. (Participating organizations: Japan Institute of Design Promotion, Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc., Musashino Art University Design Lounge)
 
Hakata-ori Textile and Hakata Doll, traditional craftworks of Hakata (Fukuoka), which have become more sophisticated through hundreds of years of history and passed on to generations, have contributed to the development of local economy. However, due to changing lifestyles and needs of consumers through time, the traditional industry is in a grave situation as it faces shrinking demand and serious shortage of successors.
Under these circumstances, fully utilizing traditional techniques and skills, creators of Hakata-ori Textile and Hakata Doll have been developing new products by combining design with traditional crafts. This exhibition will introduce you to such new products and collaborative works with universities and thus show you the latest trend of the traditional industry in Fukuoka City.
On the first day of the exhibition, a talk event with the theme of “Traditional Crafts and Digital Contents” will be held as the opening event, and workshops will be held during the exhibition.

●Outline

Title: Tokyo Midtown Design Hub Special Exhibition
“Shin Hakata Iki Den (New Stylish Hakata)
– Young Creators of Textiles and Dolls -”
Dates: Saturday, August 24 – Sunday, September 8, 2013
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
(Open every day during the exhibition)
Venue: Tokyo Midtown Design Hub
5th floor, Midtown Tower, 9-7-1 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Admission: Free
Organizers: Fukuoka City Traditional Craftworks Promotion Committee*
(*The Committee consists of the Hakata-ori Textile Industrial Association, the Hakata Doll Commerce and Industry Cooperative Association, and Fukuoka City)
Kyushu Sangyo University/ Kyushu University/ Hakata Traditional Craft and Design Museum
Co-organizer: Tokyo Midtown Design Hub
Sponsors: anno lab/ DLE, Inc.

●Related Event
By introducing projects made through cooperation with universities, such as a Hakata Doll which depicted an Eagle Talon character, digital simulation of Hakata-ori Textile, and action figures of Hakata Dolls to be exhibited at the exhibition, guests will talk about the possibilities of traditional crafts, including collaboration with character business, the new approaches of using digital technology, and so on.

Theme: “Traditional Crafts and Digital Contents”
Date:   Saturday, August 24, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Capacity: 100 people
Admission: Free (No advance registration required)
Venue: International Design Liaison Center
(inside Tokyo Midtown Design Hub)
Guests: Hiroshige Akase, President and CEO, MADE IN JAPAN PROJECT Co., LTD
Shintaro Fukase, General Manager, Rights & Produce Department, DLE, Inc.
Etsuo Genda, Professor, Faculty of Design, Kyushu University
Kanta Aoki, Ph.D., Professor Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Design, Kyushu Sangyo University
Yukiko Okabe, young creator of Hakata-ori Textile
Shigehiro Nagano, young creator of Hakata Doll

<Demonstration/Workshop>
“Hakata Dolls Painting: Upon Your Request”
Hakata Doll creators will paint dolls according to your desired color or the design of your clothes and give to you once they are completed.
Date: Sunday, August 25, 2013, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Capacity: Registration at any time (closed when materials run out)
Time required: about 20 minutes
Admission: 2,000 yen (No advance registration required)
Venue: International Design Liaison Center
(inside Tokyo Midtown Design Hub)

Kyushu Sangyo University Faculty of Fine Arts kids project “Play with Hakata-ori Textile Design Stamps”
Dates: Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 2013, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Capacity: Registration at any time (closed when materials run out)
Time required: about 20 minutes
Admission: Free (No advance registration required)
Venue: International Design Liaison Center
(inside Tokyo Midtown Design Hub)

● Inquiry
Local Industry Section, Industry Promotion Department, Economy, Tourism & Culture Bureau, Fukuoka City