Here is Stephen's blog intro: After graduating in 2006 from Middlebury College with a double major in Japanese and studio art, I moved to Japan to work for the Oita prefectural government as a Coordinator for International Relations. After two years, I left the CIR position to make more of my painting activities, and came in contact with bamboo crafts through a temporary interpreting job. Hoping to learn a traditional art and utilize my time in Japan, I applied to the Oita Prefectural Bamboo Craft Training School and passed the test to become a trainee for the 2009-10 school year. In the coming year I look forward to acquiring the basic skills of bamboo basketry and seeing how this experience will evolve into a future lifestyle or career.
|Made from local bamboo, uncured|
|also local bamboo|