May 16, 2021 at 04:38PM

I try to be as “difficult” as possible on social media to share the boundaries. I enjoy “Casual Friendliness”, but a DM saying “Hey, I like your work. Tell me how I can do it” is outside of my comfortable boundaries. However, in-person, it is not my intention to be difficult. As a base-line,  I would like to know who I am talking to. (Since I have a very specific preference, some may find me difficult… but that’s another story).

I started an Online Sashiko Class for those who couldn’t meet me in person. In Covid-19, I invested a lot to make it better & easier to learn. I offer online classes because it is challenging to meet them in person. On this visit to FL, one of my Online Sashiko Class students made a visit to me, and we could finally meet in person. It was delightful. She knows me well through what I have shared. I know her well through her Sashiko. I didn’t feel it was the first time to meet at all. This is one of my goals – “pass down the Sashiko”. It doesn’t have to be my family to pass down. It is my friends who understand my messages – that Sashiko is more than a trend & stitching. It is just a delightful pleasure to meet new friends.

常日頃「刺し子を(後世)に残したい」などと言っておりますが、後世に残すこととは形式張ったことではありません。僕の思いや、僕に声をかけてくれる日本人の方々の思いを、伝え、そしえ理解してもらうことです。そういう友達を増やしていくことが、結果として、刺し子を残すことになると思っています。それ以上でも、それ以下でもなく、純粋に伝え作り続けること。

対面で会うことが難しい日々。オンラインが中心になってしまっているのですが、今回のフロリダで、オンラインクラスを受講して下さった方にお会いできる機会がありました。刺し子を学び、そして刺し子をご自身のアートに組み込んでいらっしゃる方です。友達です。初対面とは思えないほど、楽しい時間を過ごすことができました。日本の皆様にもいつか会える日を心より楽しみにしています。

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