From Soil to Pigment

I learnt from my classmates about how to make your own pigment, from soil, carbon, ceramics, or rocks.

-Prepare soil(maybe in various colours), ceramics, carbon

-Crush them into powder and filter, repeat the process

-By burning the powder, colour will turn into a darker tone.

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Japanese Paper Making Exhibition

The exhibition piece was inspired by a rock I saw in the forest behind school. The pattern and texture of the rock is very similar to the carbon paper sample I made, so I decided to use carbon paper as the material to imitate the rock as my final piece.

I collected some leaves to fill the ball shape paper that I made, with a whole enabling leaves pouring out of the ball onto the gallery floor.

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The piece looks totally different in nature, since paper comes from nature, it makes sense to ‘return’ it back.

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Other works from the exhibition

About Seika and Kyoto

Kyoto was formerly the imperial capital of Japan over 1000 years, now it’s still the centre of Japanese culture. With over 2000 temples and shrines from ancient times,traditional craftmanship are also preserved very well.

What interests me the most on the first week of arrival is the Kyoto city itself, the planning of the city is almost the same as it was thousand years ago, in the city centre, the streets are all in vertical(North to South) or horizontal(East to West) directions; thus the whole city looks neat and ordered. Also, the main horizontal streets were named according to numbers from 10 to 2.

My university for exchange—Kyoto Seika University,  lies on the north of Kyoto, has a history of over 60 years. The modern architecture is designed by the graduates from school; because of the advantage near mountains, students has more opportunities to get inspirations directly from nature and make big works in the nature