Category Archives: Japan

Kimika Hara

Admiring these girl and animal illustrations created by Japanese embroidery artist and illustrator, Kimika Hara.  The Kyoto born artist embroiders with free stitch.  She embellishes her work with cute fabrics, colorful threads, acrylic paints and assorted beads.  Her work is considered kawai (cute) and cheerful.

You can follow the artist on her website, Behance, Facebook and Instagram.  She sells a few of her designs here on Etsy.

Images:  Courtesy of Kimika  Hara.

Hiroe Miyaoka

Found these simple and delicate note cards on Japanese handmade market site, Creema.  The designer is Hiroe Miyaoka a gift wrapping and quilling instructor and paper coordinator.  She drew on her experience as advertising signage designer and display artist for gift and small good stores.  She has also written many books on the subject and published in six foreign language versions.  In 2014 her brand and business, Toi et Moi, was established.

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

Images:  Courtesy of Miyaoka Hire.

Yuri Miyazaki

The ethereal embroideries shown above are the works of Japanese embroidery artist
Yuri Miyazaki.  A graduate of Kanzawa University she started embroidery painting around 2014 producing many pieces for solo exhibitions. She works primarily on translucent fabric with a loose stitches resembling ink sketches on paper. 

More of her work can be seen on her website (in Japanese) and on Instagram.  

Images:  Courtesy of Yuri Miyazaki.