Tuesday, September 24

The Handmade Marche - Tokyo, September 2013

The Handmade Marché which took place last weekend at L'Amusée - La Keyaki in Shinjuku is now over! It has been a very busy and exciting time for me, and I am very grateful to the organizers for welcoming me so warmly and to my friends Yuko-san and Yuka-san for helping me throughout the event by introducing me to their friends and explaining my work to visitors.

Needless to say I have been practicing my Japanese all the time, and I realized that I am able to communicate much more than I thought - what a pleasant surprise indeed. It's now time to practice further and work on those skills to be even better prepared for the next event!

We had a get-together dinner at La Keyaki the night before the event started, right after the set-up of our booths. That was such a great time to get to know each other in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Of course everyone had to introduce her/himself to the others (in Japanese!), I surely did my best - but needed a bit of help ;-)
The delicious food was prepared by Maiko Shindo, owner of my-an cafe and cook extraordinaire. It was truly amazing, tasty yet simple - and vegetarian. Maiko-san runs cooking classes and two cafes, and she also helps her husband to produce wine. Make sure to check out her Tumblr!

Above are photos of some of the items that were on sale at the market:
1. Colorful scarves, bags and stunning jewelry pieces from India sold by my friend Yuka-san 
2 & 3. Handcrafted silver jewelry, woven baskets and textiles from Mexico by my friend Yuko-san of Trensa
4. Gorgeous hand-woven bamboo baskets by Japanese artist Tamotsu Nishimoto. Please check out his Facebook page as well to have a better idea of his work. 
5. The cutest dolls keychains, pouches, bags and accessories by Wagamama

I took more pics but unfortunately they don't look very good so I can't publish them here. Other artists  or sellers present at the event were:
- car*g*mom with outstanding fancy jewelry pieces made of crochet, buttons etc...
- Dig into the mysterious world of vintage buttons from France and England at CO-'s. Expect to hear more about CO- in the coming weeks as I am planning a visit to Kozaka-san's shop in Tokyo.
- Pretty handmade soaps by uzumakido
- Delicious jams with the most unexpected flavors (kiwi, orange + ameretto, pear + balsamic vinegar...) by Jam Marche

Listening to French live music in the tatami room... 

Massages and fortune telling were also available during the market, I had no chance to try them out unfortunately. And Okamedo cafe & bar was selling drinks on the terrace together with some really good homemade baked goods. Since the weather was quite hot, that was very welcome indeed!

I presented three of my current projects at the market: 
- my embroidery accessories
- upcoming workshops in October (more details on the blog tomorrow) 
- my party styling work, with mini books introducing six parties I created in 2013 for Beautiful Revelry

The next edition of The Handmade Marché is in March 2014, I may participate again and I will make sure to let you know about it! In the meantime, let's get back to work, there is much to do in the coming months with Halloween and Christmas right around the corner...


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