August 17, 2021 at 08:41AM

It is such an honor to see an article about me & our Sashiko in the Issue 102, September / October 2021 of Selvedge Magazine (@selvedgemagazine). It was 2017 to learn about the Selvedge Magazine from my dear friend in NYC. She insisted that I should work hard to be in the magazine one day. After 4 years passed, I am happy that I could make it happen. Without her encouragement, it wouldn’t happen.

I also hugely appreciate the writer who interviewed me. In the media, when they have a “close deadline”, the interviewers often try to get out of what they want to write (or what they already have written) from my mouth or writing. Instead, the writer in Selvedge wrote the article from scratch based on what we had taken for a few hours. The article is fantastically summarized as her understanding of Sashiko: I wouldn’t be able to summarize my message so nicely and clearly (therefore, I share so many stories here and there… hahaha). 

If you subscribe to Selvedge Magazine, please wait for the copy of Issue 102. I am waiting for mine as well. If not, I recommend you to try one issue, or subscribe to the magazine, especially if you like the textile & fabric. I believe it is important to support a publisher like Selvedge who cares for the makers & It is always fun to read & enjoy beautiful photos. Let me know what you think about the article they wrote for me.

2017年に英語で刺し子をお教えすることになる前は、英語圏での刺し子については、ほとんど気を配っていませんでした。なんでだろう……と今でも不思議に思うほどに、僕の刺し子の意識は国内限定でした。日本国外から刺し子への興味を頂いたら、「あら、嬉しい」くらいの気持ちで。

その後、様々な方とお話をする中で、英語圏での刺し子についての認識が深まります。そんな英語での刺し子の恩人と言える友人から「淳は、この雑誌に掲載される所をまず目指すべき」と助言を頂いたのが、”Selvedge”という英国のテキスタイル雑誌でした。4年後の今、取材を頂き掲載頂けた事、一つ一つの積み重ねと、その積み重ねに手を差し伸べてくださった皆様のおかげだなと思っています。メディア嫌いを何度か口にしてますが、こうして丁寧に取材下さるのは本当に有り難い限りです。これからも一つずつ重ねていくだけですね。

#Sashiko #JapaneseSashiko #Selvedge #刺し子 #日本人の刺し子


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