Category Archives: Japan

Kaoru Hirota (Hipota)

At first glance you may think that these threaded artwork are crocheted but they are not.  Embroidery artist Kaoru Hirota creates these intricate, tiny pieces with a strong sewing needle called a Nuibari.  The stitch she uses appears to be a corded Brussels stitch, a 3d type of embroidery. The artist has had a solo and a two person exhibition and has been featured in many craft books recently using her brand name, Hipota.  Would love to get hold of some of her pieces but alas, they art only sold in Japan.

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

Images:  Courtesy of Kaoru Hirota aka Hipota.

Ryota Ishihara

Loving these porcelain pieces created by Japanese ceramic designer and artist, Ryota Ishihara. The artist was born in Hasami Town where major ceramic potters are at work.  He graduated from Arita High School Ceramic Department and continued his education at Halle University in Germany and Saga Arita Ceramic College.  He worked for an interior goods company and in 2013 became independent as Pebble Ceramic Design Studio.

More of his work can be found on his website, Facebook and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Ryota Ishihara. 

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.