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Georgia Wemyss

japanese teacher and artist

Konnichiwa! My name is Georgia Wemyss, and I am in love with Japan and Japanese Art.

The first time I went to Japan, and stepped off that giant 747-400 aeroplane at the tender age of 16, I was completely mesmerised. The colours, sights, sounds, smells and tastes had me hooked and to this day I am moved almost to tears each time I board a plane to this beautiful land. 

My host family took me in with open arms (albeit with no English!), and introduced me to a journey into the heart and soul of Japan, both linguistically and artistically, that I continue to travel to this day.

I threw myself into learning Japanese with great eagerness in an attempt to understand as much as possible about this country of honour, tradition, art and beauty and by the time I left school I was hooked and I just had to return. I worked for 20 months across Japan washing dishes, working in kitchens, ski resorts, restaurants and karaoke bars, learning Japanese and spending every moment of my spare time wandering and experiencing the art, culture and extraordinary people of Japan.

It wasn’t until I was 28 that I could return for a third time to a small prefecture called, Saga in northern Kyushu on the JET Programme as a CIR (Coordinator for International Relations). Whilst there, in my spare time I had the incredible opportunities to learn about Japanese weaving called Saga Nishiki, stunning porcelain from Arita, Imari and Karatsu and to travel around Kyushu with my Australian husband in my little red car, stopping off at Onsen towns (hot spring) by the rivers in the deep forests of Oita, Kumamoto, Fukuoka, Saga and Kagoshima. 

Now in my 40's, I try to get back to Japan every couple of years to immerse myself in something new (or old!).  Recently, I began offering art and craft tours twice per year around Japan, and I am working to provide you with downloadable patterns, instructions and process videos of many Japanese arts and crafts and how to create them for yourself.

What else does Georgia Wemyss do?

  • I teach and tutor Japanese to junior & senior high school students (12 to 18 year olds).
  • I give art and craft workshops for adults and for children.
  • I research Japanese art, interview artists and write about it here.
  • I paint sumi-e ink paintings and scrolls, Japanese calligraphy shodo scrolls and Japan-inspired watercolours. 
  • I sew and teach sashiko, boro sashiko and Kanzashi flowers
  • I also fold, teach and sell miniature origami for jewellery plus more!

You can find me on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

I hope I can share my Japanese art adventures with you!


Georgia Wemyss

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