Art & Design

Tsutefude- Message Brush Art Workshop

12, 13 & 15 May 2018, Vairous

Workshop With Popular Japanese Artist

Mrs Yuki Aoba, the founder of a unique and creative Japanese letter design style, will support 3 workshops in Bath, Stroud and Swindon, arranged by Helen Akiyama from Akiyama Connects, a Japanese cultural enthusiast and language teacher, based in Swindon.


The workshops will teach the unique technique of Tsutefude – a font-art style with a difference. Using a special pen-brush to create a unique alphabet, the technique can be used to convey thoughts and messages onto a postcard in a powerful and positive way.


Yuki founded the Tsutefude Association Foundation, of which there are over 150 Tsutefude Association members and 17 senior masters, who teach the technique across Japan.  She began the technique when she suffered from bad handwriting as a child. When traditional Japanese calligraphy didn't help her writing style, she designed her own letters and alphabet. The designs and postcards she created delighted the people who received them as they created intimacy and transferred the message much better than normal handwriting.  In Japan, Yuki decided to teach this method of design and called it Tsutefude – meaning ‘message brushing’.


For more information and to take advantage of this rare chance to engage with Yuki and learn a new skill please visit or email


Tickets are available to book from these links

Saturday 12th May 10-12pm (in Bath),

Sunday 13th May, 10-12 :30pm & 1 :30-3 :30pm (in Swindon),

Tuesday 15th May 1 :30-3 :30pm (in Stroud)

Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath, BA2 6AA

Stanton House Hotel, The Avenue, Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon, SN6 7SD

Rodborough Community Hall, Rodborough, Stroud, GL5 3TZ

Tel: 07788778001

Akiyama Connects