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Amirugumi: Our Crocheted Friends!

Team Shokunin recently had the joy of going to ResoBox, a Japanese Cultural arts center in New York City.  Walking around the exhibit was like walking into a wonderland of toys just waiting to come to life! Many cultural centers are dedicated to presenting traditional cultural experiences, reminding expatriates and their descendants of the beauty and pride of their heritage.  Image source However, ResoBox is a little different as it is dedicated to infusing the world with Japanese art and culture, and to see how it changes and influences the world around it. The 3rd Annual Amigurumi Exhibition was held between Dec 9, 2016 - Mar 31, 2017 and it was called “World Amigurumi Exhibition vol. 3: Mixed Materials Made Mini Monsters! The exhibition required that each...

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Crafting for a Cause

No matter what you think of the US Presidential election, there was something pretty amazing about the crowds gathered on January 21st, 2017. A sea of oddly shaped hats emerged in Washington DC and throughout other major cities across the US. Most of these hats were in shades of pink but also appeared in various other colors. What was most noticeable was that nearly every one of them was handmade.  The hats themselves had an unusual design. Take them off the head and you see they really are not very sophisticated. Actually, each hat is just knitted into a simple square shape. Yet when you fit them on a head, you notice the top two points of the square are suddenly...

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