May 15th to 20thTwenty-one (1) Bamboo shoots grow 「竹笋生」
I want to improve myself in production and, after going to a design studio, I went to art college.
It was the furniture manufacturing workshop that was located in front of my parents' house that brought Professor Hongo into the art world. When he was young, he often went there and borrowed a hammer from a craftsman to imitate production. As a result, I started thinking that I wanted to make production a business and entered a technical high school. The commercial posters produced in the second year were so highly valued that they received an award from Miyagi Prefecture. "I think it was the first event that made me a tengu (laughs). At that time, I was interested in commercial design, so after graduation I moved to Tokyo to work in the office of graphic designer Kenji Ito. When I worked, the staff around me said, "The designers of the future won't become things unless they graduate." I started attending a nearby art school, but I worked during the day and studied at night. I left the office and devoted myself to studying for the exam, and I passed the University of the Arts in Tokyo for my fourth challenge. "
At that time, an era in which design and craftsmanship were learned in the same department. Although he entered university, he said, "There were no decent classes" in the middle of the student movement, but Professor Hongo began to be attracted to metal casting by meeting various people and things. What was the reason? "Melting the color of the metal. Gold is especially beautiful. It starts to melt at 800 degrees and when it melts it cools gradually while producing hexagonal crystals. It was very interesting unlike other metals. It was very interesting. People think that that gold color is fascinating. "
When I was in my third year of university, modern sculpture became popular and Professor Hongo also started making large sculptures using molten metal. Gold is an expensive material, even if it is not as it is now, so a large piece of 270 cm using brass was exhibited at the university diploma exhibition. So the buyer was attacked at a fairly high price.
"It was an era in which art college students could sell. Also, from the third year of university to the second year of graduate school, Iemoto of flowers and tea regularly asked me to make bowls and vases and sell the works. increasing their living expenses. ''
The days when I dedicate myself to production in a blessed environment. At the same time, we ran a kindergarten in Miyagi, a local area, to set up an art preparation school for summer schools only, which was quite unique for the students.
"I started as part of a part-time job with a classmate from my hometown who lived together in a university dormitory. At that time, there were hardly any preparatory art schools, so when I made an announcement, about 50 high school students gathered. After that, I started teaching not only in the summer but also in the winter and spring for 2 weeks each, and I started teaching twice a week in Tokyo's art school. "
Professor Hongo said nostalgically: "There are many people who are still active in the world of art and performing arts" among the students at the time. Sometimes he went to downtown areas such as Shinjuku Golden Gai with the money he earned as a part-time job, and met people and cultural artists, who are now important personalities, to expand friendships. "I had no inspiration for my production activities," he laughs, but the experience of entering a brilliant world at a young age is a strong reminder of Professor Hongo as a reminder of his days in college.
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"After I graduated, I lost my job at Iemoto, so I thought about doing something, so I went to work for a classmate who got a job with an advertising agency or producer." If you are carrying out production, it is as it is. I have often been asked, "If you continue," there is no point in talking about work. About 100 companies went around and about two companies gave me work.
I struggled with sales and the first thing I got was doing a series of commercials. It's my job as an artistic staff, but Professor Hongo hasn't had that experience.