News & Special Events

NEWSLETTER #2 November 2012

  • <em>Sakiori</em>
  • Table Napkins (set of 6) $66
  • Hats from $55
  • Set of 4 cups $70
  • Scarves from $75
  • Sakiori purses from $28
  • Set of 2 cups $50
  • Set of 2 bowls $66

Mingei Store House is full of wonderful purses, bags, table napkins, runners, scarves, hats and shirts for summer, for Christmas!  Mary has been away again, visiting her dyer, weaver friends in the Japan Alps and in coastal villages and has since been busy getting everything in place in the Store House, Bungendore. There are some truly beautiful scarves from a master shibori dyer from Kyoto.

“I look for a Japan that can be hidden in the many folds of its culture and subcultures, hoping that this assists treasures to survive and flourish. I carefully choose each and every piece, be it a small coin purse or bolt of fabric, picturing it 'at home' in the warmth of the Store House.”

Sakiori, the weaving of spent cloth, is captivating me and I have quite a collection in the Store House... as runners, purses, table centres. There is a remarkable energy in these handmade articles made from fibres used by one person after another through decades.

Sandy has fired charming small pots, plates and bowls, beautifully boxed for easy gift-giving.




A story of Japan in June

Japan last week! A fleeting trip to the south of Japan is all Mary needs to be excited by her finds... and this time a planned meeting with an indigo peddler, the son of a former indigo merchant Mary had come across some years ago. Each time Mary is back in Japan it is working on the next weaves of traditional kasuri patterns, scurrying around villages in the nearby mountains or chasing a recent hint of a contact. “It is quite wonderful that in 12 hours you can be ensconced in another world, eating hot roasted chestnuts in a mountain village, with the sound of tumbling water, shimmering rice paddy fields and the gentle nature of my craftsmen friends.

The peddler was a special point for this trip... it was sheer luck that he was to be in the Kyoto area when Mary was there. His van is large so that he can sleep in it when travelling and fill it with treasures from weavers’ and dyers’ workshops all over the country. Lengths of bold indigo, kasuri off cuts from different studios, woven scarves from the elders of one particular family are packed into cardboard boxes.

“So obviously fresh from the indigo vat, fresh from the loom, you can easily see the cloths as cushions, table mats, jackets and shirts. The patterns are rarely repeated, they will last forever, they are impossible to resist.”

The tradition of indigo peddling dates back many centuries, a time honoured system of distribution to country farming families requiring the strong, useful indigo dyed cloth.

“I so love being part of this tradition and once again I am indebted to the places my life has taken me.”

Do come to the Mingei Store House soon, while stocks last. Boxes of cloths have just arrived and some will certainly be on display before they are made into jackets, shirts and more.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday from 10 - 5. 

New Ceramics

Also in June, Sandy Lockwood had a successful wood firing with a series of stunning cobalt blue and white mugs and bowls.

Serendipitously, at the same time Mary was working on a scarf that turned out to be the perfect partner for Sandy's ceramics.

Seasonal Events No. 1: Autumn


At the Provincial Pantry, Village Square, Malbon St, Bungendore

7pm Saturday 26 May 2012

Invitation to a special event including:

  • Talk and slides – Mingei Beginnings – Cotton and Clay by Mary Taguchi and Sandy Lockwood
  • Dinner and refreshments
  • Your Chun stoneware dinner bowl to take home

Limited number of tickets available, so book early: $60 per person
Reservations: phone: Mingei Store House 6238 1185 (Thurs - Sun, 10-5)

NOTE: Mingei Store House will remain open until 7 pm this day