FabCafe Tokyo is located in Shibuya, Tokyo. Machines for digital fabrication, such as 3D printers and laser cutters are installed in a cafe space where people come together. Each day, creators visit these FabCafes to meet new people, gather together, compete over their talents, and share a forum for presentation. They engage in a wide variety of projects that make use of fabrication, materials, and technologies that are unique to the region.
Living Dyes | The Exhibition showcases the process and results of the research and actual dyed works from a 1.5 month workshop on dyeing textiles with bacteria. How do everyday participants adopt this relatively new and undeveloped dyeing technique? Come witness it for yourself. Detailed explanations in a guided tour by the exhibition organiser are also available.
In September 2023, 23 participants from a variety of backgrounds gathered in FabCafe Kyoto to learn how to cultivate bacteria through DIY methods. Bringing that newfound knowledge back home with petri dishes swabbed with pigment-producing strains, they embarked on a 6 week challenge to dye textiles with the bacteria. The results of this group experiment are displayed in an exhibition in Kyoto and Tokyo. For the closing night of the exhibition’s run in Tokyo, 4 of the participants will be sharing their experience and thoughts on the process.
Renowned illustrator Lin Cha-Yu will share insights and experiences gained from sketching over 500 cafes worldwide, from Portland to Japan and Taiwan. Participants are invited to observe and draw from the unique perspectives of design and cafe management.
Partners: Loftwork Inc., Toshiya Fukuda
Date of establishment: March, 2012
Area of expertise:
Haptic technology（Sense of touch）