At Kiwakoto, we have a deep respect and sympathy for the people who are doing art activities. And we would like to help many people know about their activities. We have decided to provide a corner of the flagship store as an exhibition space.
Toshiaki Hoshi and Sawako Hoshi who will exhibit his works this time, they are the artists based in Finland.
We met them when we were looking for textile designers with a global sense. A mutual acquaintance introduced us to Sawako. When we first met, we talked about the three-dimensional expression of the crayon scratch technique and the collaboration between Nishijin’s foil-making technique.
Cars are one of the most important factors in the daily lives of Toshiaki and Sawako. Toshiaki is chefs of Japanese cuisine and also engage in pottery activities. In Finland, public transportation is so expensive that so many people use the car. The theme of this exhibition is “Guideposts”. The scenery seen from the car, the air and memory at the destination, give them inspiration. They are living a luxurious car life.
Please take a look at the works of the two people who continue to work in a foreign country while carefully feeling the change of every day.
Toshiaki Hoshi Sawako Hoshi Exhibition
Where to go and what to see
What do you touch, what do you eat, and who do you spend time with?
What do you think?
And how to tell
2020.02.14 (Friday) – 2020.03.15 (Sunday)
Kiwakoto Flagship Store (10:00AM – 7:00PM) Admission Free
While living and traveling in Finland, Toshiaki Hoshi put the encountered scenery and feelings in ceramic, and Sawako Hoshi made them into the pattern of textiles.
Finland is blessed with beautiful nature and you can see spectacular views here. The scenery that moves through the car window, the color of the sky, the smell of plants, the terrain, the conversations with the people they meet, wherever they go, what they eat, the air and what is in the nature, inspire them during their days and journeys in Finland. Take them home and interpret them in their own works one by one.
Toshiaki Hoshi touched the flow of time in Finland, the natural expressions that he showed during the changing seasons, and the gentle temperament of the people, and kept that sense to his ceramic work. The sphere’s work is also shaped based on a round stone hemisphere on the banks of the great river, which is also on the border with Norway in the northernmost village of Nuorgam in Finland.
Sawako Hoshi expresses Finland’s ever-changing natural beauty and its unique colors using the technique of painting crayons on layers and scratching them with toothpicks. And she also created textiles based on them.
People would be happy if they could keep in mind something even a little.
星 利昌 Toshiaki Hoshi
Born in Itami City, Hyogo Prefecture, in 1985. Lives and works in Helsinki. After training in Japanese cuisine in Kobe, he moved to Helsinki, Finland in 2008, where he gained culinary experience at local restaurants such as Hotel Kämp, Chez Dominique and Atelje Finne. Since 2011, he has been independent of Ravintola Hoshito. In 2016, he began making pottery, which he was originally interested in. Closed his own shop in 2018. Currently, his work is available at Samuji and Lokal in Helsinki, and is also used in Michelin’s one-star Restaurant Ora.
星 佐和子 Sawako Hoshi
Textile designer. Born in 1986. Lives and works in Helsinki. After graduating from Musashino Art University in 2008, she moved to Finland with a master’s degree from Aalto University. After that, she worked as a freelancer, providing design to domestic and overseas brands such as Marimekko, Samuji, and kokka. She mainly uses the scratch technique of crayons, mainly on the theme of natural beauty and the landscape in memory. From December 2019, the activity name was changed from Sawako Ura to Sawako Hoshi.
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