In this 2 Day Workshop, you will transform your humble box into a piece of art. You will combine your found items, ephemera, and rusty bits with your small containers that will fill your Bento Box and give you something to treasure.
Hungry for creativity? Build your own Bento Box filled with art in this jam-packed workshop. We will be making a series of projects, small in size but big in impact, that will each nest inside its own container – think tins, boxes, bags, etc. Each of these will, in turn, be placed and housed inside one larger box, creating a very special treasure chest. Your unique art pieces will include some combination of handmade books, paintings, collages, assemblages, scrolls, wraps, shrines, and more. In the end, the process of opening and exploring the contents of the box becomes a magical part of the art.
So what is a Bento Box?
Put simply, a “bento” or “bento box” is a Japanese lunchbox. In Japan, it is said you eat with your eyes. This means that food should look good as well as taste good. This is the best way to savor a meal and feel satisfied.
A proper bento lunch is crafted with care and should be a complete meal with a variety of tastes, textures, and food groups. The Japanese are known for their ability to make use of every last bit of space, and lunchboxes are no exception–the meal is packed neatly and tightly into a small square or rectangular shape, with small compartments to separate each food item making it easy for children and busy office workers to transport.