Saturday, December 7, 2013

Saturday 2nd November 2013 - 'Innocarnival'

On the first Saturday in November I lead a group of my 'Visual Arts and Culture' students to run a workshop at the Hong Kong Science Park, part of the 'Innocarnival 2013'.

After a short introduction we worked with secondary school students as they used waste plastic bottle caps to create artworks with the help of their imagination and hot glue guns.

The students all had great fun and they came up with some surpassing results. Who would have thought that plastic 'rubbish' could be re-used to create art? Art need not always be made using clay, marble, bronze, iron, wood or steel - anything goes!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Saturday 18th May 2013 - 'Drawn from experience'

I was lucky enough to be invited to Saga University of Arts, Kyoto, Japan to give a lecture and lead a workshop on drawing.
The students were very hardworking and open minded, they were willing to try new things and their enthusiasm led to some interesting results in a short timeframe.

Kyoto is a wonderful city and on this, my 3rd trip, I managed to find time to visit some of my favorite places such as the Sanjusangen-do temple but I also managed to find some new places such as the lovely 'e-fish' cafe where I had lunch on Friday, the day before the workshop. I hope it is not too long before I return.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

More information

Sanjusangendo is a temple in eastern Kyoto famous for its 1001 statues of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. It is believed that Kannon will assist humans in distress and lead them to enlightenment. 

The temple was founded in 1164 and rebuilt a century later after the original structure had been destroyed by fire in 1249. The rebuilding was completed in 1266.The temple hall at 120 meters is Japan's longest wooden structure. The name Sanjusangendo means literally "33 intervals" and is derived from the number of intervals between the building's support columns, which is a traditional method of measuring the size of a building.
Kannon is said to be able to assume any of thirty-three forms to be of aid, hence the building symbolically has thirty-three bays and is called the thirty-three ["sanju-san"] bay ["gen"] hall ["do"].
The large, wooden statue of Kannon sits in the center of the main hall (whose head was rescued from the fire along with 156 of the standing images) and is flanked on each side by 500 statues of human sized 1000-armed Kannon standing in ten rows. The sight of all these figures when entering the temple is unforgettable.
It is said that if you are patient and watch carefully, one statue will momentarily assume the form of a loved one.
From the Edo period onwards, an archery contest has been held on the west veranda of this temple.It has been said that a duel between the famous warrior Miyamoto Musashi and Yoshioka Denshichirō, leader of the Yoshioka-ryū was fought just outside Sanjūsangen-dō in 1604. This event has been imortalised in the film ‘Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple’, 1967 Dir. Hiroshi Inagaki.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Friday, August 2, 2013

Welcome to my blog! I lost my previous blog as I needed to delete my gmail account and I lost my blog at the same time. My previous blog was written under my name - Patrick S. Ford.

I have entitled my new blog '33 Temple' because after visiting Kyoto in Japan 3 times within 3 years, this temple has become rather special for me. It is not the most beautiful temple in Kyoto but for me it is the most spiritual. I have had many conversations with the spirits there.
I dedicate this blog to my new friends who live in Sanjusangen-do in Kyoto!