Friday, July 03, 2015

Getting Crafty in Japan

Hello, intern Cara here writing for the Hey Kessy blog! I went on vacation in Japan, and I got to scout for crafty destinations in Osaka and Kyoto, and here are my three favorite spots:

1. Kamogawa-jina Shrine Handmade Arts Fair 
Kamogawa, Kyoto
 

The Kamogawa-jinja shrine located on the outskirts of Kyoto holds a regular arts and crafts fair every month on the beautiful temple grounds. It’s a lovely atmosphere where crafters from all around Japan come together and showcase all their unique works - and it’s a great place to scout for some inspiration, talk to other makers,  and maybe grab a couple of great buys while you’re at it.




Craft Shops in Japan

Craft Shops in Japan

Craft Shops in Japan

Craft Shops in Japan

How to go: Take either the Hankyu or JR line to Kyoto and take Kyoto City Bus 4 to the last stop at Kamogawa-jinja. Only happens on the fourth Sunday of every month.

2. Richoche+  
Minoh-shi , Osaka

If you love gardening, terrarium making, and getting down and dirty with your crafts, this little shop is absolute heaven. Aside from a wide assortment of plants to take home, Ricoche+ also has a variety of upcycled materials like boat wood and antique tiles tiles that would look amazing in any home decor DIY. If you’re able to speak and understand Japanese, they also offer workshops every now and then!

Craft Shops in Japan




Craft Shops in Japan

Craft Shops in Japan

Craft Shops in Japan

Craft Shops in Japan

How to go: From Osaka station take the Midosuji subway line to Senri-Chuo, then take the Q’s Mall bus to get to where Richoche+ is located.

3. U-Arts  
Namba, Osaka

This place is a must if you love cats just as much as crafting! U-Arts offers a huge variety of cat-themed supplies, and it's also a great place to stock up on things like Copic markers, paints, and different kinds of papers for all your crafting needs. They also have a amazing collection of washi tapes, cat-inspired and otherwise.

Craft Shops in Japan

Craft Shops in Japan

Craft Shops in Japan

Craft Shops in Japan



How to go: Take the Midosuji subway line to Namba station, and take the exit going to Doguyabashi.

Whenever I go to Japan, I always find new things to try. It’s where I discovered my favorite craft, needle felting, and  I’m sure anyone who visits these three spots will be able find some amazing things to make as well!
*Text Cara, Hey Kessy Intern Batch 1 l Photos Cara

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch: Make Things Happen

I can't believe we already have 7 original washi tape designs since we started in 2011! The latest design, Make Things Happen, was a collaboration with Abbey Sy, one of the most talented local letterers today.

For the launch, we invited crafters and makers for an afternoon of crafting - we made shrink art jewelry and painted porcelain cups and bowls. Abbey also gave a short talk about her design, and also about, yes, how to make things happen!

Hey Kessy Original Washi Tape

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape LaunchHey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Everyone got a special craft kit containing the new washi tape, porcelain wares, glass markers from Zig, and shrink art sheets.

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Washied placecards!

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Merry Macarons made special macarons for the gathering! They were cute as they were yummy! Moonleaf also sent us delish cakes and milktea!

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy x Abbey Sy Washi Tape Launch

Hey Kessy Washi Tape Launch

This coming Sunday is extra special because we'll be launching yet another original Hey Kessy washi tape! Can you guess who's the artist we collaborated with this time? We can't wait to tell you! :)

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PS Thanks to our sponsors Merry Macarons, Moonleaf, and Zig, to all the ladies who came to the launch, and of course, to Abbey for this amazing collaboration!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Shrink Art Keychain for Father's Day!

Father’s Day is coming up! What sort of things do you associate with your dad? For Hey Kessy intern Gianne, she thinks of coffee mugs, watches, suits and ties, among other things. Using shrink art sheets, she made these little trinkets of all the things that remind her of her dad. 

Shrink art is such a fun and easy way to make small gifts. You can use it to create a variety of things, such as jewelry, charms, bookmarks, or keychains. Here’s a simple project that you can make to show your appreciation to your dad! 

Shrink Art

Shrink art key chains!

MATERIALS and TOOLS: 
  • Shrink art (available at the Hey Kessy shop)
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Toaster Oven
  • Mittens (for safety)

STEPS:
  1. Draw your dad's favorite things on a shrink art sheet. You can use markers or paint. Make sure that it's 60% bigger than the size of the keychain that you want. Remember, it's going to shrink!
  2. Cut out the pieces, make sure that there's an allowance around your drawing, and punch a hole for the key ring. 
  3. Bake them in the oven for 2-3 minutes. They will curl (don't panic!) and flatten. Take them out when they're flat already.
  4. Let them cool down before hanging your dad's keys.


Shrink Art

You can even use them as gift toppers...look!

Shrink Art

Shrink Art

Shrink Art

Happy Father's Day!

*Crafters Gianne, Cara, and Kitkat, Hey Kessy Interns Batch 1 l Text Cara l Photos Mansy

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Let's Be Makers Workshop: Basic Watercolor with Raine Sarmiento

We recently launched a new series of workshops where we invite other crafters, makers, and artists to teach at the studio. The first one was a Basic Watercolor Workshop with Raine Sarmiento, and we were thrilled at how it turned out!

The participants (my interns and I were able to sit in!) learned about different brush strokes and techniques on how to paint still life. Here are some of the photos of that crafty afternoon:

Basic Watercolor at Hey Kessy

Basic Watercolor at Hey Kessy

Basic Watercolor at Hey Kessy

Basic Watercolor at Hey Kessy

Basic Watercolor at Hey Kessy

*Text Mansy l Photos Kitkat, Hey Kessy Intern Batch 1


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PS We have another Let's Be Makers: Basic Watercolor workshop on July 19, 9am-12nn. You can sign up HERE.
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