Category Archives: Printmaking

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.

Leslie Keating

Found these great drop cloth wall art on Big Cartel and just had to find out more about the creator. Melbourne-based graphic designer turned textile designer Leslie Keating is the artist behind the brand Maze and Vale. Originally from Canada she designs, screen prints and creates
utilitarian goods with her fabric. We were attracted to her simple designs and use of muted coloration. On an interview with Flower Press she says this about her work and her favorite media:

“I’m a graphic designer turned textile designer, avid sewer and mother of two little girls. I’m drawn to muted colours, interesting angles, asymmetry, disarray in patterns, simplifying the most compelling forms of nature and screen printing it all by hand in my wee tiny studio (ahem, the third bedroom).”

“I loooooooooove fabric. LOVE. Always have really. Sewing is the first craft (and I’ve done/tried pretty much all of them) that I’ve been inspired to keep learning and continue to be thrilled by, because it lets me work with fabric and create things that are both beautiful and useful. And now that I can design and print my own textiles, in whatever colours I want, I’m pretty much in heaven.”

You can follow the artist on her blog, Facebook and Instagram. She has both a Big Cartel and an Etsy shop.

Images: Courtesy of Leslie Keating.

Hide Kawanishi (1894-1965)

hidekawanishiHIde Kawanishi was born in the international port city of Kobe, which inspired much of his work. He was a son of an affluent family of merchants but from childhood had always wanted to be an artist. He took a correspondence course in art from Tokyo but mostly he was self-taught, producing about a thousand print designs in his life. He is quoted on My Japanese Hanga as follows:

“I have never had a teacher of painting. I am absolutely self-educated and have painted what are not paintings. Having walked and found my own path, I am just what you may call a dilettante. I may complain about losing my youth, but there are things that I shall never lose such as innocent mind and thrills, creativity, originality, and a fresh sense of popularity and clarity. To become plain is the last thing I want to be.”

Images are from various sources.