Make your own one-of-a-kind stenciled fashion items

Someori Kobo Fabric Stencil Workshop

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Fun for all ages!

ABOUT Someori Kobo Fabric Stencil Workshop

Someori Kobo fabric arts is located in the Eki Higashi Soko artists’ studios, just east of JR Uno Station in Tamano City. The studio & workshop space are organized by the husband-and-wife artist team Shizuki Kitano and Naomi Miura. Kitano handles the fabric dying and stenciling part of the studio while Miura teaches weaving and threadwork.

In the stencil workshops, guests can choose to stencil a gauze handkerchief, a small drawstring bag,or a small or large cotton tote bag. Kitano offers guests a choice of over 300 hand-cut, original stencils featuring a huge variety of animal, plant, mechanical, and cultural themes; guests can mix-and-match stencil patterns and colors to create unique fashion items that they can take away. The colors used are extremely durable and long-lasting, even after washing. These handmade, one-of-a-kind items make great souvenirs and gifts.

While at the Eki Higashi Soko artists’ studios, guests can also watch other artists at work and see works-in-progess; the attached gallery is also worth a visit. The artists’ studios are conveniently located near Uno Station and the Uno Ferry Port; this is a great place to stop on the way to or from the “art islands” for visitors planning to check out the Setouchi International Art Festival.

Other Information:

  • Reservation required; please contact us for more information.
  • Time required: approximately 1-2 hours.
  • This activity is fun for children older than 3 years old and adults.
  • Guests may bring their own t-shirt to stencil; please contact in advance for information.

Prices:

  • Gauze handkerchief: 1,000 JPY
  • Mini drawstring bag: 1,000 JPY
  • Cotton tote bag (S: A4 sized): 1,200 JPY
  • Cotton tote bag (L: A3 sized): 1,500 JPY

(*prices subject to change without notice at the discretion of the artist).

ABOUT THE AREA

Tamano City is a small, port city on the southern edge of Okayama Prefecture; it is, known mainly for being home to Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, which builds and maintenances some of the largest vessels on the sea, and the multitude of smaller factories and other suppliers that support the main shipbuilding facility.

Although it may sound un-scenic, Tamano City it anything but that. Nestled right up against the Seto Inland Sea, Tamano boasts the prefecture’s largest public swimming beach at Shibukawa. In addition to swimming in summer, special sporting events such as national beach volleyball and beach soccer competitions are held here.

Overlooking the beach, visitors and residents alike can enjoy the stunning view of the sea from the Ojidake Bluffs. The Ojigagake Bluffs are popular at sunrise and sunset but offer a great natural view any time of the day throughout the year; a multitude of walking paths leads out to boulders on the edge of the bluff.

Also noteworthy are the pieces of high quality contemporary art on public display in the downtown area at Uno Port; the pieces are part of the Setouchi Triennale 2014, but are on display year-round.

Additionally, Tamano City boasts the beautiful Miyama Park (with several cafes, a farmers’ market, hiking and walking trails, miniature and regular golf courses, a dog run, rent-a-cycle, an English garden, and seasonal events), the Eki-Higashi Artists’ Studios where visitors can see art being made, and B-class gourmet items such as “Ontama Meshi”, an award-winning fried rice dish topped with a soft-boiled egg and grilled eel.

Tamano City connects with Takamatsu City in Kagawa Prefecture and many of the surrounding islands via ferry, which is easily accessible from the downtown area.

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