Snow in Spring: Cherry Blossom Time!

Who hasn’t been enjoying the longer days since we had to Spring ahead this past weekend?And the unusually warm weather earlier this week didn’t hurt.
What would be even better is a firsthand look at the cherry blossoms this Spring in Japan.

For those who can, check out this site to know the best days in March to check out the blossoms. For the rest of us who are doing some wishful thinking, enjoy the photos above and below:

Paper Thin Flower

It’s made of paper, or washi, in Japanese.
My younger sister handmade this gorgeous flower out of tengujou-shi, the thinnest handmade paper from Japan, that had been hand painted as well. She used a craft pack from our dear friends at Paper Connection International, and with her vision, voila!  The paper is actually made by a national treasure of Japan, Mr. Hamada. Kozo, or mulberry bushes indigenous to Japan, are responsibly farmed in the southwestern part of Japan, where they are then made into pure weblike sheets using traditional papermaking methods. Light fast pigments are then applied.  Acid free, these papers are used for more than just collage and book arts, but even conservation of art and book repair. Try it yourself!

The stem is also made out of washi, or paper in Japanese.

Spring Fashion Inspiration, A Feist for Me

So I may be behind the times, and definitely am not a fashion diva, but lately I’m inspired by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Feist, in My Moon, My Man video.

by cliptip
found via xolondon
by fashion rat
by famefad
Love the Asanoha (Japanese star) shaped pattern on Ms. Gainsbourg’s skirt.

found via cliptip, xolondon, fashion rat, famefad

Yasuyo Holds the Key…

                                          …to amazing printmaking.

                                          Are you familiar with Yasuyo Tanaka, or her art?

Key Series by Yasuyo Tanaka

It may be in your best interests to; her latest work is so moving.

Please see what she is up to:

see here

Craving Katazome?

Tired of a white out winter? If you are craving happy colors, check out these handmade cards from Yamada Shokai, Japan collected by Lauren at Paper Connection International.  Katazome is an amazing Japanese craft of resist dyeing on paper or fabric. It’s one of my favorite printmaking techniques.

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