Category Archives: Handcrafted

M’s Craft

We’re always on the lookout for creative ways to wrap a gift.  We found these garlands that we think will greatly embellish a package.   It is sold in the Japanese handmade market site Minne.

The shop name is M’s Craft and as typical of Japanese sites the creator’s name is not listed.  The items are made from cultivated in-house flowers carefully chosen for their colors and picked as per season and occasion. 

Images:  Courtesy of M’s Craft.

Fuyuki Shimazu

Japanese artist Fuyuki Shimazu travels globally to pick up cardboards and turn them into wallets, coin purses and whatever items spark his imagination.  The upcycled and fully functional items are sold under the brand name, Carton, and has garnered international audiences.

You can find out more about his designs and process on his website, Facebook and Instagram.  His portfolio can be found here.

Images:  Courtesy of Fuyuki Shimazu.

Art Fiber Endo

Next time we are in Kyoto we will probably be on the lookout for this shop, Art Fiber Endo. We love the collaboration between this specialty materials store and Kutani Tsutsumi, a pottery manufacturer established in 1860.  The shop offers supplies for making your own thimble and bamboo string tassels.  The exquisite tassels incorporate a hanging thread from above, a Kutani thimble as a cap and a tufted yarn for the skirt.  They also create other versions of tassels which we are anxious to see up close.

You can find Art Fiber Endo on their website, Facebook and Minne, a Japanese handmade marketplace.

Images:  Courtesy of Art Fiber Endo.