Founded in 2016 by Yukino Matsumoto, the daughter of a traditional Kimono (Japanese clothing textiles) family, Simply Native represents the belief that beauty in the simplest form can be found in craftsmanship and its connection to the artisan.
Simply Native works closely with Japanese artisans to introduce traditional Japanese crafts that can be incorporated into a modern Australian lifestyle.
The teacher was really good, informative and friendly, the class was very fun and everybody had a good laugh meeting new people and painting their rocks!
Great afternoon spent making tumi-isi blocks! Would recommend to anyone. Was a enjoyable experience
Omg ..thankyou for one of the most awesome afternoons !had so much fun ...can we do it again !!
The venue was ideal, plenty of space to work, comfortable settings, all the equipment one needed and pleasant company. There was ample opportunity to ask questions of the teacher/supervisor and I believe a fun time was had by everyone - both adults and children.
A new, relaxing, experience! Thank you, Atsuko and Daimon
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Tumi-isi painting class today. Daimon Kanno’s handmade, beautiful cedar blocks were a joy to choose and paint. A very meditative hour of painting with a nice group of people and at a gorgeous winery. A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon... especially with a glass of Small Forest Shiraz by Atsuko!
What a great idea for a workshop! Gorgeous location, interesting story behind tumi-isi blocks and a really lovely afternoon choosing, painting and balancing our blocks. Attendees were from every age range and we all had a ball. Well worth trying if you get the chance!
Fantastic day full of fun.
Well priced and organised. Everything required was supplied in price including 3 timber blocks, Organic paint, Painting sponges, gloves and hand wipes.
All ages were welcomed.
The day started with welcome translated for us. The teachers were very welcoming and got around to each table with ease.
Looking forward to seeing them again.
The team are driven and are doing a great job providing a platform for small, quality artisans.
The class was interesting & the teacher explained the history quite well. Really fun & simple so great for all abilities & ages. WARNING: Stacking the rocks is very addictive!! :)
Very informative. fun, friendly atmosphere. Also easy enough for those without a lot of artistic talent.
Be warned stacking the blocks is addictive!
I am a complete, terrified newbie when it comes to painting. This workshop, however, was such a fun, at times meditative process, in a beautifully curated space (by Simply Native).
The teacher, Andrew Yee, was awesome! He provided genuine support and encouragement throughout the class, whilst also demonstrating a deep knowledge about painting, drawing, and the process of creativity. He provided great ideas for the beginners and the painting veterans alike.
Didn’t think it was possible but Andrew and the class made me want to pursue painting! 5 stars
Nice & cosy venue and setup, warm & friendly welcome, with beautiful & high quality materials provided to be able to make very our Mini Zen Moss Garden. The lovely teacher also shared some very interesting information about the materials (what they were, where they came from), the elements of zen gardens, AND about moss (it is an amazing and diverse living thing that is actually very hardy and feeds on air pollutants! And now I have some for my home..!) Thank you for the very relaxing and enjoyable class :)
Had a lot of fun making the moss garden! The materials provided were also beautiful and unique. The teacher is friendly and explains well.
I really enjoyed learning to make something unusual and was happy to find that the garden was easy (and fun) to make and low maintenance to look after. Really appreciated the effort by the teacher to incorporate genuine Japanese materials. Recommended.
My daughter and I enjoyed the workshop very much. We have learned things we never knew before about Moss and things to consider when designing a mini Japanese garden. The instructors are very informative and have created a fantastic ambience for the class.
The class was lovely. It was really relaxing and the teacher was so informative. I will definitely consider doing another class with Simply Native Japan :)
What a wonderful workshop with a delightful group of hosts. I highly recommend any activities with these delightful people.