Bibby, Emma

Bibby, Emma

Emma on her project:

“My original goal I have set for my personal project was to learn more about and how to make Japanese traditional crafts, and to express my culture through making a video. In terms of Japanese traditional crafts, I chose to concentrate on two crafts; Tsumami zaiku, which is a flower made of fabric often used for accessories, and Temari ball, which is a toy handball. 

From my outcome, I was able to learn how to make those crafts and to express my culture by creating a video, which also connects to the global context of Personal and Cultural Expression. Completing the project has also extended my knowledge of the crafting culture in Japan. I did not know how difficult and time consuming it is to make one product that we usually see in the store. Because the process is very detailed and has to be done carefully, robots cannot replace this kind of craftsmanship. This made me think that in this period of time where everything is becoming modernised, it is very important for people now to learn and pass these beautiful tradition to the future so that it wouldn’t fade away. I also learned that reflecting is very important. Reflected on what I did, enable me to improve my process of researching and designing because it helped me to know what I didn’t do well and what I was able to do well or to the opposite. Therefore, this project has taught me that being a good reflector is an important skill in order to improve my work.”

Take a look at some of her work below: