Next time we are in Kyoto we will probably be on the lookout for this shop, Art Fiber Endo. We love the collaboration between this specialty materials store and Kutani Tsutsumi, a pottery manufacturer established in 1860. The shop offers supplies for making your own thimble and bamboo string tassels. The exquisite tassels incorporate a hanging thread from above, a Kutani thimble as a cap and a tufted yarn for the skirt. They also create other versions of tassels which we are anxious to see up close.
You can find Art Fiber Endo on their website, Facebook and Minne, a Japanese handmade marketplace.
Images: Courtesy of Art Fiber Endo.
Kazuko Nomoco was born in Japan and currently lives in London. She studied graphic design, communication design and illustration in Osaka, Japan and London. She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in London, Milan, Tokyo, Singapore, New York and Mexico City. Her explorations have included working with various materials, craft work and print making. She also works under her surname, Nomoco.
Much of her work can be seen on her website and Behance. She is represented by Japanese agency, Pocko.
Images: Courtesy of Kazuko Nomoco
Tatsuya Takahashi is a self-taught paper sculpture artist from Japan. He started sculpting in his second year of art school and now works 10 to 12 hours a day producing these exquisite designs. His themes vary but he does have an affinity for creating anime sculptures.
You can see his portfolio here on Tokyo Otaku Mode. You can follow the artist on Twitter.
Images: Courtesy of Tatsuya Takahashi.