Joki

We found these items on Japanese marketplace, Iichi.  They are a marketplace for handicrafts and small-scale manufacturing.  This particular shop, Joki, sells hand-woven cloth that has been firmly woven using the traditional weaving method called overshot.  The creator Miyoko Kirigaya sells her wares under the brand name, Joki, a Finnish word for river.  The artisan graduated from Joshibi University of Art and Design and was a textile designer for seven years before raising her children.

More of her work can be found on her website and on Instagram.  Her products are sold here in Iichi.

Images:  Courtesy of Joki.

Cathy King

Cathy King originally trained as a teacher but has now focused on her earlier interests in painting, drawing and printing. The Devon- based printmaker is inspired by natural environment, in particular the landscape and coastline of Devon. Her chosen print methods are linocuts, collagraphs and monoprints, favoring each of them for their individual qualities. The use of line and form are central to her work and color is used carefully to balance the composition and design of the print. 

More of her work can be viewed on her website and on Facebook.

Images:  Courtesy of Cathy King.

Stefaan de Croock

Stefaan de Croock, a Belgium painter and sculptor creates wall sculptures made entirely from reclaimed wooden panels, doors, and furniture.  His murals adorn various buildings in Belgium deliberately choosing locations pertinent to the each design such as the side of an old furniture factory. His training and experience as a graphic designer puts a clear mark on his artistic vision.  In Facebook he says this about his work:

“My drawings and murals are populated by urban influences, but I combine them with organic forms and lines. My artworks are a combination of improvisation and construction. Spontaneity is very important in my work.”

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

Images:  Courtesy of Stefaan de Croock.