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Søstrene Grene

Søstrene Grene opened its first store in the Danish city of Aarhus in 1973.   They have since opened several locations in Scandinavia and Western Europe.  Their stores are designed to inspire body and soul by means of classical music, creative product displays and aisles of ‘hygge’ (creating a warm atmosphere).  Søstrene Grene in Danish means the sisters Grene, Anna and Clara, who founded the company.  We love their over 200 postings of DIY projects and will probably create the Christmas ring project shown above.  And as the sisters always say, “With a curious and creative mind, even the smallest things can be turned into something absolutely wonderful”.

You can find Søstrene Grene on their website, Facebook and Instagram. Instructions for the Christmas ring project shown above can be found here.

Images:  Courtesy of Søstrene Grene.

Ikki Matsumoto (1935 – 2013)

Ikki Matsumoto is the son of the artist we featured yesterday, Katsuji Matsumoto.  Ikki travelled to the United States to study at the John Herron School of Art in Indiana, where his older brother was a sculpture student. He transferred to the Art Academy of Cincinnati to study under the renowned wildlife artist, Charles Harper.  After an unsatisfying work in the advertising field, he established a new career as a painter and printmaker using the native birds as his subjects. Matsumoto intended for his work to make people feel good as he said, ‘there are no heavy messages in my work, I just simply wish to delight’.

More of his art can be viewed here on his posthumous website.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

Katsuji Matsumoto (1904 – 1986)

Katsuji Matsumoto was a Japanese illustrator  and shojo manga artist. He started his career an as illustrator at the age of 17.  He contributed illustrations to numerous popular girls’ novels and magazines.  He became one of the most influential Japanese illustrator in the early and mid 20th century and was named a pioneer of kawaii, the culture of cuteness in Japan.  He was a prolific illustrator of children’s books and created merchandise for babies, small children, and girls. The Gallery Katsuji Matsumoto in Tokyo is managed by his surviving children. There you can see many originals as well as prints and products from pre- and post-WWII era.

Images:  Courtesy of various sources.

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