Illustration by Alfred Bramsen
Artist studio pop-up with koinobori colouring sheets & taiyaki ice creams
To mark the Japanese Children’s Day holiday Danish illustrator Alfred Bramsen will be working live in The Studio at Pantechnicon on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd May. Watch him as he demonstrates how Japanese Kitpas crayons can be used as both crayons and watercolours to create beautiful koinobori artworks. Alfred will be using koinobori colouring sheets as the base for his creations. Designed around a koinobori illustration by Alfred, the colouring sheets will be available free to guests to take home to create their own koinobori artworks.
Flying koinobori koi carp flags is a spring tradition in Japan to celebrate the health and happiness of children. Children’s Day on 5th May is an annual public holiday and koi flags are displayed in the month leading up to and on the day.
The koi carp flags come in different colors, with each one representing a different family member. Black carp usually represent the father, red or pink the mother, and other colors—like blue, green, and orange—express the children.
Carp symbolize determination, strength, and success. As according to legend, if a carp has what it takes to swim all the way upstream, it will transform and become a dragon.
Also not to be missed are taiyaki fish-shaped waffle cone ice creams available from Sachi Yatai at Pantechnicon.
Alfred Bramsen, born in Copenhagen works with illustration and interiors, drawing on inspiration from wagashi confectionery, ceramics and images and objects collected on his travels in Japan.
Pantechnicon is home for a playful celebration of Nordic and Japanese creativity and craftsmanship – a story told through food, drink, design and experiences. Opened in Belgravia, central London in September 2020, the aim is that with each visit you can discover something new - from dinners with guest chefs, tastings with brewers, distillers and wine makers, workshops with craftspeople, performances, installations by artists and brand pop-ups – a whole range of ever-changing experiences.
The artist studio pop-up will run on a drop-in basis from 2pm-4pm on the Sunday and Monday of Bank holiday weekend (2nd and 3rd May). Guests of all ages are invited to come to The Studio at Pantechnicon and collect a free colouring sheet to create their own koinobori artwork.