Category Archives: Folk Art

Tokyo Pear

Tokyo Pear is a letterpress studio and shop that got its start in Seattle, Washington and then relocated to Japan in 2007. The brand is owned by Eriko and Darren who decided to introduce independent letterpress to Japan. Their graphics are minimal and show a definite folk art influence. You can follow them on their website and purchase a few of their items on Etsy.

Images: Courtesy of Tokyo Pear.

Dinara Mirtalipova

DinaraMirtalipovaAdmiring the folk inspired illustrations of Ohio-based artist, Dinara Mirtalipova. The Uzbekistan native is a self-taught illustrator and pattern designer. She writes this about sources that inspire her:

“I find my inspiration in folklore, old songs my mom used to sing to me, fairy tales from when I was little, a wall rug hung above my grandma’s bed, cultures, story telling, textiles and fabrics.”

Images: Courtesy of Dinara Mirtalipova.