Whenever we travel to Japan we always bring back a few of these Pochi Bukuro, small envelopes to enclose a token of your gratitude. They come in a wide variety of designs including traditional, seasonal and contemporary. We found these modern designs at Japanese site, Klastyling. We love the simplicity of the designs and felt that this would be a wonderful weekend project. Complete instructions in Japanese can be found here.
Images: Courtesy of Klastyling.
Satoru Aoyama is known for his photo-realistic embroidery as depicted in his series, “Embroiderers”. However, we really do like his newer work incorporating found objects particularly those in his studio. Born in Japan the textile artist received a Bachelor of Arts degree in London and went on for his masters in Chicago. He works with an old Singer sewing machine to create these meticulously embroidered works. The process of making is important to the artist and he hopes that in viewing his work, people will appreciate the embroidery and ultimately question the relationship between the images presented and the process of making.
You can find the artist on his website, Instagram and on Facebook as well.
Images: Courtesy of Satoru Aoyama.
Thinking about trying our hands at paper cutting. These designs are the works of Japanese cutting artist, illustrator and designer Yuya Takamizawa. His work is influenced by folk art from around the world and Scandinavian design. He creates his work at Atelier Folk where he sells paper cutouts, tenugui (cloth towel), and postcards while his wife sells yeast bread and jam. You can view his work on his website and Instagram. You can also view his wife’s culinary expertise on Atelier Sparrow and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Yuya Takamizawa.