Onba Factory & My Onba
Here is the third (and last, at least until my next trip to Ogijima) installment of my short series of articles about the Onba Factory, my favorite art site from the Setouchi International Art Festival.
For this third part I am going to tell you about the My Onba, although there isn’t much I haven’t already told you in the previous parts, when it comes to them.
So just a quick reminder: The My Onba are Onba that belong to the people of Ogijima (mostly old ladies, apparently men don’t really use Onba if I understood correctly) and that have been transformed into art by the Onba Factory artists with the collaboration of the Onba‘s owner, made from parts of the original Onba and new parts that have been added to it, replacing or not older parts. The result being original, unique and beautiful new Onba that one can find a little bit everywhere on the island (Yoshifumi Ōshima informed us that they made about 30 of them and that was in October, expect a few more currently). I already have said all the good things I think about the idea and the project that will continue to have a positive impact on the island and its people long after the Festival.
I don’t have much to add, so I’ll just share a few of the My Onba I’ve found in the streets of Ogichō.