Category Archives: Japan

Ookubo Tsugumi

Admiring the illustrations of Japanese artist Ookubo Tsugumi who stacks different colors together creating amazing textural effects in her work. We know very little about the artist. Her short bio tells us that she graduated from Nihon University Art Department and works mainly with markers.

You can view more of her work on Tumblr and on Groundoohart.

Images: Courtesy of Ookubo Tsugumi

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Klastyling

Whenever we travel to Japan we always bring back a few of these Pochi Bukuro, small envelopes to enclose a token of your gratitude. They come in a wide variety of designs including traditional, seasonal and contemporary. We found these modern designs at Japanese site, Klastyling. We love the simplicity of the designs and felt that this would be a wonderful weekend project. Complete instructions in Japanese can be found here.

Images: Courtesy of Klastyling.

Satoru Aoyama

Satoru Aoyama is known for his photo-realistic embroidery as depicted in his series, “Embroiderers”. However, we really do like his newer work incorporating found objects particularly those in his studio. Born in Japan the textile artist received a Bachelor of Arts degree in London and went on for his masters in Chicago. He works with an old Singer sewing machine to create these meticulously embroidered works. The process of making is important to the artist and he hopes that in viewing his work, people will appreciate the embroidery and ultimately question the relationship between the images presented and the process of making.

You can find the artist on his website, Instagram and on Facebook as well.

Images: Courtesy of Satoru Aoyama.