Katsuyuki Nishijima

Katsuyuki Nishijima was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture in 1945.  Since childhood he has loved Ukiyoe (woodblock prints) and after experimenting with various forms of printing processes he focused on the “creative print” style of woodblock printmaking.  His work is extremely popular depicting subjects of old traditional Japanese rural houses and landscape in and around Kyoto.  He is a contemporary modern artist using the same traditional printing technique not machine made.  Many examples of his artwork can be seen here at Artelino.

Images:  Courtesy of Katsuyuki Nishijima.

Clay Canoe

Wyan McAllister and Kyle Roddenby are the designers and makers behind the Australian ceramic studio, Clay Canoe.  Their backyard kiln has produced platters, plates, condiment dishes, bowls and spoons.  Ceramic vases and contemporary pottery sculptures are the newest additions to their line. There is a definite Japanese aesthetic influence particularly in their Nogochi series. 

The artisans can be followed on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Clay Canoe.

Helen Musselwhite

Manchester-based artist Helen Musselwhite is remarkably skilled at paper engineering.  She creates pieces of art by combining hand cutting, folding and scoring using a variety of paper and card.  Much of her work is inspired by the British countryside.  On Creative Boom she says this about her creative process: 

“My process starts with thumbnail sketches that are enlarged to work out layers or structure. Then I make detailed line drawings, which I often colour with marker pens; sometimes at this stage, I make scale models, usually in neutral papers, and particularly with 3D projects to work out construction and depth.”

More of her work can be found on her website, Instagram and on her agency, Handsome Frank.

Images:  Courtesy of Helen Musselwhite.