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birthplace: native language:
１．What image do you have about yarn? What
meaning or image does your native language have about yarn by implication?
２．What image do you have about rainbow?
What meaning or image does your native language have about rainbow by
３．What image do you have about bridge? What
meaning or image does your native language have about bridge by implication?
Please tell me anything about this project
or this questionnaire.
Thank you very much.
About the Questionnarie
Miyagi pref. Sendai city Aoba ward
I am a Japanese artist, making installations
with yarn(works are here)
For many Japanese including me, yarn implies relationship linking with
invisible yarn or tenderness for its soft feeling or a famous Japanese
folk song. In fact, I started this artwork when I listened to a CD which
ask us to link people together like linking yarn together.
Making installations with yarn in various places, I want to know what
image people have about yarn or how culture affects on this thing. Such
research may give me the other sight of view on may artwork.
Please send me your answer to the questionnaire. What images or meanings
do you and does your native language have about yarn as well as rainbow
and bridge, which are associated from colored yarn.
Examples of answer (1)
birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Native language: English
Images I have about yarn are caring, hands, and home. I don't know of
any meanings or images in my native language about yarn.
My image about rainbows is natural beauty.
In my language rainbow is associated with myth, e.g. that it represents
God's promise not to send another flood to destroy the world, and it represents
luck, because you can find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
My images about bridges are connection, art, design.
My language's image is associated with myth, e.g. that there is danger
under a bridge and that a bridge is something you need to cross to reach
the next stage in life.
Examples of answer (2)
Birthplace: Oostende, Belgium
native language: German + Dutch
Yarn (Dutch: "draad" or "garen") is a thread to sew cloths. In slang,
"Draad" is also a wire to transmit electric power or telephone signals.
"Was-draad" is used to hang the laundry to dry.Metaphorically, it also
means a story line, cf. also the expression "rode draad", literally red
yarn (in French: "Le fil rouge).
Rainbow (Dutch: "regenboog") is the image of colored bows you sometimes
see in the sky when sunlight is diffracted by raindrops. It is a rare
event, so people usually take a moment to have a look at it, especially
when it is a full bow spanning from horizon to horzon. Mostly children
get very excited about it. Even rarer is a double rainbow. A rainbow represents
hope and joy. This is probably because it occurs at the end of a rainshower
and because it shows all bright colors. Also the bible makes reference
to a rainbow: Noah (who used an ark (= ship) full of animals to escape
the big Flood) saw a rainbow, which was a sign of God that it was the
end of the flood and better times were coming. Metaphorically, it refers
to a colorful collection of items. Rainbow children: all skin-types, Asian,
Black, and White peacefully united.
A bridge (Dutch: "brug") is a construction that spans a river, a valley,
or a canyon so that people can walk or vehicles can drive from one side
to the other. They sometimes have a historical or monumental value.Metaphorically,
it can also be used as a bridge between people. Being married with a Serbian
women, I know of the importance of the bridge in Mostar in former Yugoslavia.
It has been bombed and is now being reconstructed with great care (and
symbolises the hope for the return of peace to the people in that region).
Having German roots, I am also familiar with the term "Luftbruecke" or
Air bridge, which helped to supply West Berlin with food during a total
embago by the Sovjets and former DDR. As Engineer, I also make the association
with an "Ethernet bridge" which is a device to connect data packets of
terminals in a local area network. Another association as engineer, is
a measurement bridge, which is a electronic set-up to measure impedance
values. Bridge brings also the association of a card game.
Examples of answer (3)
Native language: Japanese
The meanings or action of linking, connecting, joining between people
or places because yarn is the thing to be tied or knitted.
In Japanese, the words "link" or "connect" are used with yarn, not "tie".
They tend to be used in affirmative meanings. The word "knit" means also
"arrange" or "plan" in Japanese
It is ideal, abstraction or concept because we can see it but not touch
In Japan rainbow has seven colors and is used to express "very beautiful".
We usually say "Rainbow spans in the sky". It comes from its shape looks
like a bridge. We have also the word "rainbow bridge".
We have an idiom "to be a bridge between people" "to bridge the gap between
two people". A bridge is linking, connecting between two points. But the
link with bridge implies independent action while link with yarn implies
Examples of answer (4)
Native language : Japanese
Yarn is the thing to be knitted. Its images are soft, warm and unpolished.
It has also the image of love of Japanese family, which is clumsy and
unrefined. Yarn is weak to be tied something and I don't think yarn has
the image of tying something or someone tight.
I hear there was a famous scientist who insisted rainbow was an illusion
because they didn't know if it exists or not.
In fact, we can say it is almost fantasy.
It was recently that we could confirm the existence of rainbow.
If I were in the time the existence of rainbow was not confirmed, probably
I could not enjoy the beauty of it. So it teaches me how difficult to
see things as they are.
In Japan rainbow is synonymous with beautiful places. And it disappears
Linking between people or lands. They are points of view or symbol of
area like "the Rainbowbridge" in Yokohama, Japan. View and utility tend
to be opposed each other. Bridges are rare structures compatible with
these two things.