We are big fans of Japanese ceramic artist Makoto Kagoshima. We love his whimsical motifs of animals and plant life on clay. Born in Fukuoka, Kagoshima studied pottery at an art college under the influence of his grandfather who used to be an artist. Now he is involved not just in pottery, but also in a wide range of activities such as textile and product design as well as print art.
More of his work can be viewed on his website, Instagram and Facebook.
Images: Courtesy of Makoto Kagoshima.
Looks like we have another craft to learn, Nanduti lace. The name means “spider web” in the indigenous language of Paraguay. The lace is worked on tightly stretched frame and are released by cutting away the backing fabric. The samples shown above are the work of Japanese Nanduti artist, Eriko Watabe. She sells elegant accessories under her brand name Puka.
The artist can be followed on Facebook and Instagram. She also has a shop here on Japanese Base shop select market.
Images: Courtesy of Eriko Watabe.
Found these bags and accessories on two of our favorite Japanese sites for handmade products, Iichi and Minne. We love the patterns and the application of the designs on various items. The Tokyo-based artist, Kai Kanamori, draws the patterns, dyes the patterns on linen and sews the finished handcrafted product.
The artist graduated from Nagoya University of Arts and worked as an illustrator. In 2015 she officially launched her brand, Kaeson.
You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram. Her products can be purchased on Minne and Iichi but we’re not certain if they do international sales.
Images: Courtesy of Kae Kanamori.