Seeking to bring a bit of a sidestep into the mundane of the everyday life, I along with Kaoru Matsushita and Brooke Irish set out to establish a school of thought just for that.
Tamashi is a school of thought, encouraging “detours” to explore the spirit of creativity & play.
魂 — Soul (Japanese)
თამაში — Play (Georgian)
After collectively brainstorming for many days, trying in vain to find a name for our project, we found it by looking to our heritage. Tamashi has significance due its meaning in Japanese and Georgian, two of our nationalities, and allowed us to give to it a new meaning in English—the soul of play.
From there we set to establishing a branding identity that conveyed these feelings—of celebration, whimsy, and play—and created a modular design aesthetic that could be used across a range of mediums.
School of Detours
Tamashi school is a collection of detours and discoveries, where we learn by getting lost in the seemingly familiar. Detours take you outside of your usual route. They can be…
- spontaneous or planned
- shortcuts or scenic routes
- self-imposed or accidental
- found or sought after
The school is where we Tamashi students, new and old, together. Learning is more expansive when done with others since we can take each other on detours and share our discoveries. There we are all students, teachers, facilitators and explorers.
Detours can take you somewhere or get you completely lost.
Altogether Incomplete is an activity book comprised of quotes, prompts, and visual stimulants which emerged over the course of the project.
Along with physical gatherings, we also connect online. We built tamashi.us so that we could share detours and discoveries with fellow students around the world. There you can see documentation and responses from various gatherings and detours.
Created around May of 2014