Curriculum

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SVA Made in Yame is a three-week intensive product design program that takes you deep into the cultural heart of Japan. Study with the finest craftspeople, visit ancient temples and shrines and relish the food, architecture and landscape of this extraordinary country.

SVA Made in Yame does not have a traditional, classroom-based curriculum. Field trips and visits to workshops and factories allow participants to become familiar with a craft technique, its traditional applications and the historical and cultural context in which the technique arose. Participants will be asked to maintain a sketchbook throughout the program and to sketch product concepts for every process they see.

Please keep in mind the following itinerary may be affected based on the needs of the group.SVA


Introduction to Japan in Fukuoka City

2 Days

Fukuoka City is the fifth largest and fastest growing city in Japan. Some might say it is the Seattle or Brooklyn of Japan. It provides an immersive experience of modern-day Japan's amazing architecture, technology, infrastructure, food and shopping; and it is home to fine museums that will introduce us to the history of Japan and its cultural traditions. 


Day 1— Fukuoka City (Sunday 6/16)

(some flights may arrive too late to partake in these events)

14:00 Free time for shopping & sight-seeing

18:00 Dinner

Day 2— Fukuoka City (Monday 6/17)

09:00 Meet in hotel lobby
Fukuoka Asian Art Museum

13:00 Ramen Lunch

14:00 Sight-seeing & shopping

19:00 Dinner

Day 3— Fukuoka City to Yame (Tuesday 6/18)

09:00 Meet in hotel lobby
Check out

10:00 Drive to Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine

11:30 Kyushu National Museum

13:30 Lunch at Museum

14:00 Drive to Yame

15:00 Welcome ceremony at Fukushima Hachimangu Shrine

16:30 Tour Kitaya Sake brewery

18:00 Welcome dinner with craftsmen


Craft Research and Design Sketching in Yame City 

5 Days

In our first five days in Yame, we will be exposed to a broad spectrum of traditional craft techniques, workshops and factories. Participants will maintain sketchbooks wherein they rigorously explore new product concepts for each process that they see. We will also visit local sites that continue to inspire and inform us about Japan's cultural history.


Day 4— Yame (Wednesday 6/19)

09:00 Meet in hotel lobby

09:30 Yame Craft Museum

11:30 Tour washi paper workshop

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Tour paper/silk lantern factory

16:00 Tour bow & arrow workshop

17:00 Free time for bicycling, inspiration and sketching

19:00 Dinner

Day 5— Yame (Thursday 6/20)

09:00 Meet in hotel lobby

09:30 Tour wood shop

12:00 Tour lacquer workshop

12:30 Lunch

13:00 See urushi & maki-e painting

14:00 See metal engraving

16:00 Free time for bicycling, inspiration and sketching

19:00 Dinner

Day 6— Yame (Friday 6/21)

09:00 Meet in hotel lobby

09:30 Tour stone workshop

11:30 Tour spinning top factory

13:00 Lunch

14:30 Tour of kasuri weaving factory

17:00 Free time for bicycling, inspiration and sketching

19:00 Dinner

Day 7— Yame (Saturday 6/22)

09:00 Meet in hotel lobby

09:30 Field trip to green tea fields

10:30 Visit Tsuhime shrine in the mountains

13:00 Lunch at Onjin soba shop

14:30 Visit ceramic studio

16:00 Traditional tea ceremony

17:00 Free time for bicycling, inspiration and sketching

19:00 Dinner

Day 8— Yame (Sunday 6/23)

09:00 Meet in hotel lobby

09:30 Individual trips back to craft shops & craft museum

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Sketching at Craft Museum and individual trips back to craft shops

18:00 Barbecue dinner with craftsmen at craft museum


Inspirational Trip

2 Days 

After 5 days in Yame, designers will depart for a two day trip into the surrounding area for some rest and inspiration. This will be an opportunity to clear the senses, to reflect on all that was seen in Yame and to sketch new ideas. The location is still to be determined.


Day 9— Yame (Monday 6/24)

Inspirational trip for 1 day and a night

Day 10— Yame (Tuesday 6/25)

Return to Yame for the remaining stay


Design Refinement in Yame

4 Days 

The program concludes back in Yame where designers will move through a refined sketching phase and choose one product for development. They will work closely with the instructors and crafts people to create mock-ups and the documentation necessary for a prototype to be made.

It is unlikely that a final prototype can be finished before the program is complete and the participants return home. Finished prototypes will be shipped to New York City for review by MoMA Wholesale. 


Day 11— Yame (Wednesday 6/26)

All day sketching and prototyping at Craft Museum
Can be used to make individual trips back to craft shops

Bento dinner

Day 12— Yame (Thursday 6/27)

All day sketching and prototyping at Craft Museum
Can be used to make individual trips back to craft shops

Bento dinner


Day 13— Yame (Friday 6/28)

Final presentation of designs to team of designers, instructors, craftsmen and other stakeholders

Celebratory dinner

Day 14— Yame (Saturday 6/29)

Travel home