On the ball at B.A.M.

Aug 01, 2014
Sally Demeters offers a variety of designs in her practice of the ancient craft of temari.

Belfast — Among the exhibitors at the Belfast Art Market Friday, Aug. 8, will be an artisan who practices the ancient art of temari, which means "hand ball" in Japanese. B.A.M. will convene from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of Waterfall Arts, 256 High St.

In one of the tents is Sally Demeters, who will be creating temari, which originated in China and was introduced into Japan around the seventh century, on site. Originally, these balls were formed out of silk kimono remnants and given to babies as toys but with the introduction of rubber, they balls ceased to be just for babies and became works of art, primarily created by the aristocracy. Women competed in creating the most intricate and beautiful patterns; as such, these embroidered balls became highly prized.

In Japan, temari are generally given as gifts, symbolizing friendship and loyalty. Each stitch is filled with well wishes, represented in all of the bright, beautiful colors and intricate stitches.

The market also offers upcycled bags, pottery, fabric arts, jewelry (hand-hammered silver, wire wrapped pieces and assorted bead-work), prayer flags, original oil paintings, local music, wearable art and more. This is the last month of the art market; for further information, visit belfastartmarket.weebly.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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