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Earl’s Favourites

One of the reasons we visit Japan often is to scout many of their unique products.  We found these on the Japanese online marketplace, Creema.  These are the creations of Osawa, a fashion magazine editor and Saka, a textile design major and illustrator.  They make leather accessories and bags sold under the brand name, Earl’s Favourites.  They have a retail store in Tokyo and conduct workshops as well. 

You can view more of their accessories on their website and on Creema.

Images:  Courtesy of Earl’s Favourites.

Aylin Bilgiç

Turkish ceramic artist Aylin Bilgiç is known for her series of ceramic bowls that look like a splash of liquid frozen in time.  Born in Istanbul she graduated from Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Ceramics and Glass.  She continued her artistic studies in various workshops including VitrA Ceramic Art Workshop.

While we love her household porcelain products we prefer to feature her whimsical hand-sculpted ceramic characters. She created three series:  The Vacationers, Ordinary People and Summer Girls. 

You can view more of her work on her website, Behance and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Aylin Bilgiç.

Kiyoshi Saito (1907 – 1997)

Kiyoshi Saito is a master Japanese printmaker and one of the first member in the sosaku hanga art movement.  Their action advocated principles of art that is “self-drawn”, “self-carved” and “self-printed” creating art for art’s sake. He worked as a sign painter apprentice but in 1932 moved to Tokyo to study art.  He developed a style of woodblock prints with a diminished color palette and simplified forms.  It is his compositions and aesthetic simplicity that attracted us to his work.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.