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Sold Out – Japanese Fiber Arts, Clay, & Cooking Camp

June 10 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Date: Monday, June 10th – Friday, June 14th
 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Tsuyo Onodera and Maki Aizawa
Assistant: Sydney Boldt
Location: Rooms 117 & 201
Registration Cost:

About the camp

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, working with a modern version of 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. They will also learn the process of Yobitsugi, one of the most artistic Kintsugi techniques. “Yobi” means to call and “tsugi” means to connect. Rather than only using pieces from the original ceramic object, Yobitsugi incorporates “foreign” pieces from other objects to mend the broken ceramic item. There will also be culinary lessons on Japanese food, specifically lessons on making sushi, ramen & gyoza, and udon making. The campers will also learn mochitsuki pounding in the camp and make authentic mochi!

Photos from past Maki’s camps:

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

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.

About the instructors

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.

Tsuyo Onodera

Instructor / Artist

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

Instructor / Artist

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.

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