Tag Archives: #japan

Kaori Watanabe

Kyoto-based artist Kaori Watanabe is known for employing both the traditional Japanese style painting (nihongo) and a contemporary style into her work.  She studied at Kyoto Saga University of Arts and has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions.  In 2006 origami motifs was introduced in her paintings.  We were fascinated with this theme of child and origami so we posted a few of her paintings.

You can follow the artist on Tumblr and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Kaori Watanabe.

Collect-G

We would love to spend a week in Japan to study sashiko embroidery.  Been finding lots of merchandise using this embellishment.  The coin purses above are the creations of company branded, Collect-G.  The unnamed artist/artists started making the coin purses in 2010.  They worked primarily on event openings and consignment sales but has recently been focusing on web sales. 

The purses can be purchased on Japanese sites Minne, Base, Creema and Iichi. You can see more of their designs on their website (in Japanese) and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Collect-G.

Mai Yamamoto

Love these delicate glass orbs created by Japan-based artist Mai Yamamoto.  As usual there isn’t much information on the artist.  We do know that she studied at the Tokyo University of the Arts, University of Wolverhampton, UK and Anadolu Universitesi in Turkey.  She has also worked at the renowned Japanese glass studio, Ushio.

You can more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Mai Yamamoto.