Fiona Rutherford, Textile Artist

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April 4, 2008

  Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. Saturday 29th March. 

Getting started on a blog has been even harder than I thought. When I arrived in Tokyo my blog page gave me a fright because it was all in Japanese. Far too testing for a technophobe like me.

Cherry blossom time is hugely important in Japan. I don’t think we in the West can fully understand the significance. It’s a very joyful time and a great way to deal with jet lag. The parks in Tokyo are filled with families and friends picnicking out under the blossom filled trees. So I was very honoured to join Kazuma Mizobuchi, architect, and his friends for the day. We started at midday and ended at midnight consuming wine spirits and great food along the way.

I slept like a log.

Many thanks to all the staff at Odyssey of Iska.

getting started

March 24, 2008

I think getting started is the most difficult stage of anything.

In a few days time I’ll be setting off for a six week creative research trip to Australia. The main focus of my stay will be Tapestry 2008 in Canberra. For information check

However there are going to be other places to see, people to meet along the way. First stop is Tokyo for 3 days to meet up with old friends.

I would like to say thank you to my funders Arts Council England and Designed & Made for their generous support.