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Sold Out – Japanese Fiber and Clay Camp

June 19 @ 10:00 am June 23 @ 3:00 pm

Date: June 19th – 23rd
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Instructor: Tsuyo Onodera & Maki Aizawa
Location: Room 210 & 209

Ages: 10+
Sliding Scale: $250 / $350 / $450
Financial aid available below

This is a truly unique camp.  Local Sonoma artist Maki Aizawa and her mother Tsuyo Onodera, traveling from Japan will guide students through craft projects that are deeply rooted in Japanese Culture. With an overarching theme of sustainability they will learn how to artfully mend clothing and fiber projects through a technique called Nuitsugi. They will also work in the ceramics department diving into the ancient technique called Kintsugi where broken ceramics are put back together using a mixture of gold powder and lacquer. Both of these techniques highlight the flaw and turn something broken into something beautiful. This camp is best for kids with some* hand sewing experience.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

Tsuyo Onodera is a Master Kimono maker who has worked in the kimono industry for more than sixty years. She established the Aizawa Sendai Kimono Making/Training School in the northern city of Sendai, Japan, where she still lives now. She was the head of school and hundreds of students became licensed kimono makers under her mentorship during their five-year apprenticeships living at the school.

Maki Aizawa, a daughter of Tsuyo, is an artist and designer based in California and Asuka in Japan. Kimono-making has long been a part of Maki’s life, and she cherishes the memories of a childhood living with the students of the Aizawa Sendai Kimono Making/Training School, surrounded by all things related to sewing kimonos by hand – a rich array of silks, brocades, cottons, pattern books, and special Japanese threads and needles. In 2021, Maki created her own brand, Kamiko that brought together a women’s collective of licensed kimono makers in the Tohoku region of Japan, to put a contemporary spin on kimono traditions, creating designs that can be incorporated into everyday life. Maki also leads a non-profit organization called Amu, which supports indigenous artists from Japan, and is currently writing a book on kimono making with artist Veronika Schaepers.

Together, Tsuyo and Maki, have created intensive kimono-making workshops through which they share with students the art of traditional kimono making. They are committed to preserving a kimono sewing tradition that is disappearing, and aspire to revitalize and celebrate the specialized hand skills and techniques of this tradition. At the heart of Tsuyo and Maki’s approach is to embrace the philosophy of minimizing waste and creating objects of enduring value, embodied in the kimono making tradition.

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

Financial aid is handled on an individual basis. If you think you qualify, follow the link below to apply.

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