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Yuki Koida

Printmaker Yuki Koida graduated from Musashino Art University Junior College of Art and Design.  The Tokyo-born artist carves her art out of wood and hand-prints the motif one by one.  Her images are inspired by the Nordic air she experienced during her stay in Sweden.  This body of work was created based on a variety of motifs that she observed from everyday life in a foreign country.  She works in magazines and advertisements, holds many exhibits and also sells her original prints.

You can view more of her work on her website and on Building Co., Ltd. who represents the artist.

Images:  Courtesy of Yuki Koida.

Takeno Senko

Found these fabrics on handmade market site, Iichi. These beautiful Hirali fabrics are manufactured in Sakai City, Osaka, a town that has been producing towels, yukata and cloth diapers for centuries. They have recently developed a new technique called roll printing that enables them to dye with different front and back colors. This double-sided saturated dyeing technique is considered revolutionary worldwide.  Takeno Dyeing Company are the printers and the product is sold under the brand, Hirali. 

Images:  Courtesy of Takeno Dyeing Company and Hirali.

Okiie Hashimoto (1899 – 1993)

Okie Hashimoto pursued a classical study of art and painting for four years graduating from the College of Art in Tokyo.  He was one of Japan’s finest woodblock printmakers having been influenced by his teacher and friend Unichi Haratsuka. Hashimoto was part of the Japanese movement of printmakers that were changing the traditional approaches to their craft.  His bold use of color is his signature trait with his main subjects being gardens, castles and figure studies.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.