Hatch Community Innovation Lab


Hatch is a non-profit community innovation center and workspace, opened in January 2014. By day, Hatch offers co-work space for local and social enterprises, as well as workshops for entrepreneurs to go from idea to launch. By night, Hatch is a beautiful event space.

Come engage with creatives and entrepreneurs who design with purpose. We will share our process with you: discover the purpose wheel, participate in solving shared community challenges and get a sneak peek of purpose-design process sketches.

Yukiyo Kawano, a third generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) from Hiroshima, dissembles the known (decipherable) history by doing installation work. When the tsunami hit Japan in 2011, she started creating life-size renditions of the Fat Man/Little Boy nuclear bombs dropped on Japan. She thought of the current Fukushima Daiichi disaster with memories of nuclear tragedy decades before in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These sculptures are built with strands of the artist's hair to stitch together and her grandmother’s old kimonos. Profoundly influenced by her personal and family history, Kawano’s work is located somewhere in between language and the memories of place.

Hatch has been inspired by Kawano’s latest project, One Thousand Questions/千の問—From Hiroshima to Hanford. A joint show that Kawano had created in Columbia City, South of Seattle, WA, with her collaborator Etsuko Ichikawa, Seattle base, multi media artist. In this exhibition the artists (re)used floating lanterns from Lantern Ceremony on Green Lake, Washington. The lanterns were placed under Kawano’s soft sculpture Little Boy—the atomic bomb. At the ceremony on Green Lake the two artists gather questions that arise from Hanford, Hiroshima and the interminable life stories birthed from these pieces of history. Metaphorically, the site, where these lanterns/questions are brought back, is giving the viewers a space to contemplate — perhaps one of the questions would rise from this installation is: are we confronted by our desire to appease the dead, and (that it only rests on) our self-affirming forgetfulness?

Some of the many questions that the artists gathered are: How has Japan's rapid economic growth affected our memory?: Do you want to brighten up Hiroshima's dark image? Are you being conscious of the nature of questions?

At Hatch, we will be asking questions about the broader implications of design, such as...How can we design responsibly? Who may design? Why do people design objects of destruction? We are sourcing these questions from you, the larger community, and displaying them on our windows for all to see and contemplate.