Fringe Club Bag 藝穗會包包
Asako Kasahara 笠原麻子
When I was in the third year of junior high school, I started to make my own clothes.
When I was in high school, I entered a fashion contest and was selected from 3094 entries and won the Grand Prix award in the high school category.
I entered Bunka Fashion College, Department of Apparel Design. Awarded the Grand Prix prize in a jewelry contest.
After graduating from Bunka Fashion College, I became an apparel designer, but was frustrated that I couldn't make what I wanted in mass production, so I joined a talent agency and worked exclusively on TV costumes, which I enjoyed so much that I quit the company.
I moved to a stylist agency to work on one-of-a-kind costumes for magazines and advertisements.
I became an independent necktie artist, creating creative neckties for magazines and participating in exhibitions and shows.
After marriage and childbirth, I moved to Hong Kong. I also run a sewing school, NINE-B, and had a solo exhibition at the Fringe Club in Central.
After moving to Thailand, I continue to make Hong Kong artworks and teach how to make them to members of my online class.
And now, my goal is to hold an exhibition of my members' work in Hong Kong.
Solo Exhibition, Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery, The Fringe Club, Hong Kong
Memories with Fringe Club 與藝穗會的回憶
What is the first thing you remember about the Fringe Club?
When I first decided to do an exhibition, I wanted to do so at a well known, reputable venue. I was excited and nervous at the same time, when I stepped into the famous brown and white striped building. I remember a pottery exhibition was held at the time.
When was that?
On March 15, 2018, with the help of my English speaking friend, I went to ask if I could hold my exhibition at your venue.
I opened a crowd funding to ask for support for the venue expenses. I also wrote about the entire process on my blog for my record, and to also promote the exhibition.
What were you doing at that time?
I was creating hong kong themed products using fabrics. I also had my own sewing class, and taught how to create using my original designed product.
What are you working on now?
I am currently living in Bangkok, and still making Hong Kong themed products. I created a Japanese community with people who are in love with Hong Kong. I teach them through online classes.
Members from the group will create and sell their products to those who are also in love with Hong Kong. My goal is to hold an exhibition with my members and their artworks in the future at Fringe Club.
Could you tell us about the work that you have submitted?
I wanted to make a Fringe Club themed product when my exhibition was confirmed. I wanted to keep the iconic striped building in my home, so I came up with the idea of making a small fringe club bag. At my exhibition, I wrote the name of people who supported me on a small card, and floated up in the sky from this bag.