Experiment and exploration

Kyoto University of the Arts        2021- Now

The attitude of exploration is essential to find new designs and to find answers that only you can create.

And an essential action in exploration is the experiment. It produces value whether it succeeds or fails.

The key question is, how do we make the most of failure?  How do we transform failure into answers? That is what I mean.

I place great importance on them in my research, so I usually try to incorporate them into my courses through trial and error.

When I taught a class at Konstfack in 2020, I felt strongly that a culture of exploration filled the entire university, and that was exciting. I was encouraged by the fact that a leading Nordic art university values a culture of exploration, and I hoped to convey the excitement of exploration at Kyoto University of the Arts as well. 

However, students don't really know how to do exploration, and I don't think they can enjoy something they don't understand, so I wanted to do it in the form of an exploration-based study group.

The theme of the study group is "paper," and we reflect the findings of our explorations in a certain product. Paper is an ideal theme for the study group because it is easy to process, has a wide range of processing possibilities, and is readily available.

In addition, paper recycling is well-developed in Japan and fits well with the SDGs, making it a theme I would like to explore with students.


そして、探究する上で欠かせない行動が 実験 です。それは、成功しても失敗しても、価値が生まれる行動です。

大切なのは、失敗をどう生かすか?  失敗をどうやって答えに変化させていくか? ということ。



2020年にKonstfack で授業をした時に強く感じたのは、探究の文化が大学全体に満ちていてワクワクしたということです。




勉強会は “紙” をテーマに実験と探究のプロセスを進め、その知見をあるプロダクトに反映させます。