November 2013

Title: All things WTAPS./179th entry「Thermals」

Every year, thermals are a must for winter.
It means "related to heat, temperature, warmth, etc."
Like its meaning, it was originally underwear for the outdoors
as an item to increase heat retention.
So the question is why are thermals warm and how do they retain heat.
First, if you look at the material, you see bumps compared to
the material used for T shirts, sweats, parkas, etc. Also each one has its purpose.
Starting, the raised portion's purpose is to increase heat retention by having
the material stay in touch with the skin. Just like how slim fitting clothing feels
warmer than loose, baggy clothing.
Next, the indented portion's purpose is the opposite and does not touch the skin.
But instead it creates air. The air temperature increases from body heat not
escaping due to the raised portions touching the skin so that is how it increases
heat retention.
For example sweaters have bumps to create air from the yarn
but the weave is loose and air escapes easily so once you step out of the room
you suddenly feel cold. That is why if you wear a nylon jacket, etc. that is dense,
the heat retention increases dramatically.
To conclude, by making air where it does not touch the skin, and by touching
the skin and not allowing the air to escape, is how it increases heat retention.
This season, for such thermals, WTAPS uses Breath Thermo® from the
Japanese sports equipment manufacturer Mizuno, and this has fibers
which create heat from the moisture released from the body
and increase heat retention to prepare for the middle of winter.

FYI, according to our Director,
when you talk about thermals, he says it is Elliott from E.T.; the toys he had were
Hammerhead, Greedo, Lando, Snaggletooth, and what else was there?

That is about it.


Yukiyoshi Shimada / Production

All things WTAPS.Yukiyoshi Shimada / Production

Title: All things WTAPS./178th entry「Self timer」

It has been a while since I took a photo of myself.
Compared to a photo from just a while back, I feel that I have aged.
Adding to the looks
I think that what I think about has also aged.

About what lies ahead.
About work.
About friends.
About everyone's future.
About the children.
There are more things to think about compared to a little while ago.
So maybe that is why I have grown old.

who I am now
is more positive towards the future than who I used to be
and maybe I am trying to live in what lies ahead.


Tetsu Nishiyama/Director

All things WTAPS.Tetsu Nishiyama / Director

Title: All things WTAPS./177th entry「To think about "thinking"」

From next week is the 2014 autumn winter exhibition.
Words that are opposite and seem to go against each other
single view point and multiple views, close and long;
I feel they are linked, functioning, and are also inclusive.
Things have an innumerable amount of fine lines growing from it;
I felt that maybe you can visually see it only after they all
get connected, that is what I thought about after hearing
from the designer the meaning behind this season's design
and how it came about.


Shiori Etsugu / PR

All things WTAPS.Shiori Etsugu / PR
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