Since it moved to its current location on South Tacoma Way, the Asia Pacific Cultural Center has been a terrific resource for Tacomans wanting to explore Asian arts, crafts and performances. The next offering is a workshop this Saturday learning to make Japanese temari from expert Kathleen Hewitt.
What’s a temari? It’s basically a ball, but made out of paper and fabric and hand-stitched in intricate, creative ways. The name means “handball” in Japanese, but temari can be any size from marble to baseball or bigger. Historically made from old kimono remnants, they became an art form when rubber took over as the material of choice for actual bouncing balls, and now they’re highly cherished gifts, symbolizing friendship.
Not everyone has the time to become a temari master, but Tacoman Kathleen Hewitt is one. A member of the Japan Temari Association in Tokyo, she’s passed both the introductory and advance levels, receiving her master certification in 2009. She’s co-authored a book on the subject and had her temari designs published.
And this weekend she’s passing her skills on to anyone who wants to come and learn. Her introductory workshop this Saturday covers temari history, making a ball from scratch, paper strip division marking and easy stitching techniques.
“Temari is such a wonderful, calming, meditative art,” says Hewitt in the press release. “You really have to experience the process of stitching on a sphere to fully appreciate it.”
10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 13. $50 class fee, $15 materials (plus tax). Asia Pacific Cultural Center, 4851 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. Class limited to 10: To register, call Kathleen Hewitt at 253-229-3100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org