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Junko Oki

Textile artist Junko Oki lives and works in Kamakura, Japan and began her embroidery career in her 40s. She calls her work “Woky Shoten” meaning ‘free movement of the line to make a simple repetition of work’. Her intricate free form embroidery have a vintage quality and often features a cross in her designs. She reveals a bit about herself in the quotes we have gathered:

“Collectively, the works were none other than a reflection of me, maybe even embarrassingly so. I desired to expose myself even more through my works; I wanted to be true to myself. What else matters? That is the one thing I know that I am good at.”

“Even if you find a tangled-up thread, you don’t have to cut it off, you can leave it to create a new pattern. In other words the path is endless and you can keep on going – no turning back.”

’When I have needles, threads, and other special materials in front of me, something stirs deep inside my unconscious mind in spite of myself, and I am filled with strong emotion.That is when I regain my true self’ 

You can follow the artist on here on her website.

Images: Courtesy of Junko Oki.

Akie Nakata

Akie Nakata from Japan calls herself a stone artist who “wants to paint the life, the living spirit of being she feels inside the stone.” The paintings are done on large pebbles with the artist painstakingly studying each shape until she can imagine the animal within.

You can see more of her stone paintings on Facebook and on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Akie Nakata.

Ookubo Tsugumi

Admiring the illustrations of Japanese artist Ookubo Tsugumi who stacks different colors together creating amazing textural effects in her work. We know very little about the artist. Her short bio tells us that she graduated from Nihon University Art Department and works mainly with markers.

You can view more of her work on Tumblr and on Groundoohart.

Images: Courtesy of Ookubo Tsugumi

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