Wazuka is a town in Kyoto Prefecture famous for its high quality tea. The farming families in Wazuka have been producing Ujicha for over 800 years. Today around 300 farming families still live in Wazuka.
Tucked away between rolling tea fields and old wayside homesteads is a handmade art sanctuary. The house is called “Wazuka oka no ue no ie (和束町丘の上の家).” This can be translated as “The house on the hill in Wazuka.” The home is open to travelers, foreign artists, and anyone else who can make their way to this remote respite.
Two years ago this home was nothing more than another dilapidated house. There are many of these peppered throughout the Japanese countryside. Today, it is a beautiful place which works to bring art and events to the community.
Since then, the owner and his team of volunteers have worked to make the building a habitable home for art and various events.
On Monday, October 19th, the home was opened for yet another event. This time it was a silk screening DIY pizza party!
Participants paid just ¥1500 for all-you-can-eat pizza and the opportunity to use equipment to make their own silk screen eco bags.
Upon arrival, pencils and paper were passed out and people got to work creating their designs. Some traced preprinted designs, others drew freehand. After drawing the design and tracing it on to a transparent screen, we were able to get to work making the silk screen stencil.
The first part involved covering each screen with an emulsion solution and allowing the newly painted screens to dry in their homemade drying box.
After applying the emulsion to the screen, designs were placed over the screen and put above a special UV light box. This impressed the image into the screen.
Afterwords, artists took their screens outside to rinse off before the final step. Once the stencils were made, the last step was to mix the ink and learn how to successfully transfer the image onto our new canvas bags.
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