The famous Tsumami-zaiku artists will talk about their thoughts about Tsumami-zaiku.
The twelves Tsumami-zaiku Artist is Hungary artist Ms. Kánya Adrienn.
Discovered how to make tsumami zaiku on the Internet. Started making flowers out of fabric and made stage costumes for small children brooches to go with them. Later, I made my first Christmas decoration.
Using the Internet, started to research about the technique. Found out that it is a traditional Japanese technique called “Tsumami-zaiku”. Fascinated by the technique, began to learn more and deepen my knowledge. Through a process of trial and error, began to create my own forms, and accessory making became my main work.
Introduced my own work in Hungary, and offered me workshops. Started a group on Facebook to share my ribbon ornaments and accessories, and started the YouTube channel. Mainly makes decorations and hair ornaments for events such as Christmas and holidays, and introduces them to the general public.
Participated in a Japanese event held in Hungary. Meet wonderful people who introduce various Japanese cultures in Hungary. Integrate elements of techniques and motifs with Hungarian traditions.
Started an online modern Kanzashi course. Due to the disaster in Corona, I used the Internet to keep in touch with interested people. Opened my own website to introduce my original work.
Website : https://kanzashi.hu/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/buzdorkanzashi
Q1. How did you start working on Tsumami-zaiku? (Or did you get involved?)
In the fall of 2016, I made dance costumes for the stage for my belly dance group of three little girls. I searched online for a way to make a flower made of fabric to match the costume. It was then that I came across this special technique. I didn’t know it was a Japanese technique at the time, but I became fascinated with making round and pointed petals. I started decorating small brooches to go with my clothes with crystals and chains. Later, I found out where this technique came from.
Q2. What are your commitments to your work and what do you care about?
I design my own tsumami crafts. I mainly make accessories and Christmas decorations, and more and more dancers are asking for these hair ornaments. The important thing to know is that my tsumami kanzashi is not yet made using traditional techniques and processes. Here in Europe, we have the “modern kanzashi” technique. At least that’s what I call it. This is because it is not traditional tsumami-zaiku. I’ve read a few articles on this, and the petals and their shapes are similar. I think my mission here is to introduce the origin of this technique to the public because they need to know the origin of this technique.
Q3. What is the attractiveness of Tsumami-zaiku for you?
It’s not easy to put into words. The most fascinating thing to me is that it inspires me endlessly! I also want to learn real techniques. I self-taught to make my own rice paste and learn how to combine flowers for Kanzashi. I know that I can still improve on the number of materials, patterns, and color combinations. I love nature. Flowers are everywhere on the earth, in every continent and country. With this technique, I can incorporate a few flowers into my work to show the versatility and romance of flowers. And the biggest thing I have gained is “my time”. Creative time spent on me. In this world today, many people seem to be in a hurry to live. Busy lifestyles, lots of responsibilities, family, work and we tend to lose the balance within ourselves. For me, making tsumami is a great form of regaining some time for myself in my life. I love the feeling of being able to calm down, concentrate on my work, and create more beautiful flowers.
Q4. What do you think about the future possibilities of Tsumami-zaiku?
I think we can make the most out of tsumami zaiku for other things as well. I noticed in Hungary that many people are interested in learning more about the possibilities of tsumami zaiku. One thing that could change is its use as hair ornaments. For example, it can be used not only for traditional Japanese clothing but also for wedding and festival hair ornaments. They can also be used to decorate the interior of an apartment for various seasonal and other events. And accessories, pictures, ornaments, etc. Another possibility is to develop the technical procedures since you can make different kinds of flowers with different fabrics. But what I think is important is to always keep in mind what the original form is. It means to remember the origins of this wonderful tradition, to be humble and respectful, to maintain its special form of tsumami zaiku, and to challenge new possibilities.
Q5. What do you want to make in the future?
I would like to focus on learning how to make the real craft. It would be a big step for me if I could come to Japan and learn the real art of tsumami zaiku there. Only then will I be able to make something authentic in Hungary and represent this art form. I would like to use real materials to make shapes for each season and month. The reason is that belly dancers also use this kind of silk, and because of my background (I used to be a belly dancer and now I am a teacher), I can get real silk here. I would also like to use traditional Hungarian techniques, dyeing the silk with my own hands using plants, cutting the silk into small squares, folding them to make petals, and then finishing the motif with rice glue.
Q6. How do you think you can use/arrange or deploy Tsumami-zaiku in your country?
I would like to organize an exhibition to introduce this tradition and art. It will be a colorful and special exhibition with lectures, demonstrations and a small fair (like a trade shows where you can buy the works). Other than that, I will still be actively creating my own style of modern kanzashi ornaments and accessories, and will also be using my website and various social networking sites to communicate the origins and techniques of the wonderful and fascinating tsumami zaiku techniques, and its diverse art.