WHAT IS MIZUKI?
Mizuhiki (水引, lit. 'water-pull') is an ancient Japanese artform of knot-tying, most commonly used to decorate envelopes, called kinpū, which are given as gifts during holidays like Japanese New Year (and are then called otoshidama) or for special occasions such as births and weddings (shūgi-bukuro) or funerals (kōden-bukuro). The colour of the cord depends on the occasion, or may signify the religious denomination of the giver at funerals.
The stiff rice paper cord that is used, also called mizuhiki, is created by twisting lengths of rice paper together tightly, before starching them for strength and stiffness, and colouring them with mylar or thin strands of silk, or simply by painting the cord.
The art of mizuhiki dates back to Japan's Asuka period, during which an envoy from the Sui dynasty brought gifts embellished with red and white hemp strings.
Model of a bonsai tree, an engagement present made from mizuhiki.Other forms of mizuhiki include using the cord to create paper jewellery, or creating three-dimensional art with different forms used for different auspicious meanings; cranes, frogs, fish, dragons and turtles are amongst the most popular.
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WORKSHOP: MIZUHIKI FOR BEGINNERS
This workshop is designed specifically for those with little to no experience with Japanese knotwork. Your instructor, Yoshida Sensei, will walk you through all the steps along the way and introduce you to the materials and techniques necessary to create beautiful and intricate designs that can be used in a variety of ways including personal adornments (earrings and hair accessories) and adornments for gift wrapping. All materials will be provided, but please note there is an additional
$10 Materials fee is not included in registration price and can be paid directly to the instructor on the day of class.
Please note: This class takes place on the second floor of our facilities and can only be accessed by stairs at this time. Please notify us if you have mobility issues and we can make accommodations.
Classes are located at 37114 N thrill Hill Rd Eustis Florida 32736. Look for the dojo sign and follow the driveway to the top. Please park in the grassy area in front of the Block building. Children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
About Your Instructor:
Yoshida sensei, known as Patty to all her friends, is an artist and art instructor based in the City of Mount Dora where she shares her Japanese inspired art through workshops designed for students interested in learning about Japanese Arts and Crafts.
Born in Peru, where her grand parents migrated from Japan early in the 20th century, Ery showed an interest in drawing and painting from an early age and was particularly inspired by the art of Japan. Encouraged by her parents, she practiced with all kinds of media and as a young child she would eagerly and anxiously await the craft magazines which would arrive from Japan.
After graduating from San Marcos Medical School in Lima, Peru she moved to the United States and in 2001, found herself in Mt Dora where she now lives with her husband. Art came alive again for her when she found the opportunity to cultivate her creativity and passion for all kinds of art under the guidance and tutelage of Fine Artist Lucina Roark. Today, Ery is an active practitioner at Hummingbird Studio, Mount Dora, a place where art and design meet. There, she offers instruction in Chigiri-e, Silk Painting, Cotton Shibori Dyeing, Temari Making, and displays many examples of her work in mixed media, fabric, fibers and resin.