Category Archives: Textile

Kae Kanamori

Found these bags and accessories on two of our favorite Japanese sites for handmade products, Iichi and Minne. We love the patterns and the application of the designs on various items.  The Tokyo-based artist, Kai Kanamori, draws the patterns, dyes the patterns on linen and sews the finished handcrafted product.

The artist graduated from Nagoya University of Arts and worked as an illustrator.  In 2015 she officially launched her brand, Kaeson.

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  Her products can be purchased on Minne and Iichi but we’re not certain if they do international sales.  

Images:  Courtesy of Kae Kanamori.

Molly Burgess

Admiring these soft sculptures created by Grand Rapids native, Molly Burgess.  This fiber artist’s love of nature and science led her to making insects, arachnid and especially moths.  She incorporates hand embroidery, machine stitching, painting, dying and wire work to form her creations.  In her bio she writes this about the moth:

“Many types of moths—including my favorite the luna moth—only live a couple of weeks after they emerge. I found it interesting that the part of their lives where they are the most beautiful is also the most fleeting. My work is definitely influenced by a desire to create a lasting representation of that beauty.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  She has an Etsy shop but currently has no listing.

Images:  Courtesy of Molly Burgess.

Ema Shin

Japanese-Australian artist Ema Shin studied traditional and contemporary printmaking in Japan and has held solo and group exhibitions internationally.  The Melbourne-based artist’s work not only utilizes printmaking but may also include other techniques and mediums such as paper-maché, embroidery, weaving and collage with each design often depicting femininity, sexuality and domesticity.

The artist can be followed on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Ema Shin.