Author Archives: Ami

Asami Maruyama

We’ve found another artist depicting snapshots of everyday life with cloth and thread.  The creator is Tokyo-based embroidery artist Asami Maruyama.  She graduated from Setsu Mode Seminar and in 2010 started designing, collaborating and exhibiting at overseas art fairs.  Her ideas and motifs are chosen from stocks of photographs she takes on a daily basis. Her hand-embroidered work includes just the right amount of detail to give each piece a breath of its own.

You can  view more of her work on Instagram.  Some of her items can be purchased at Stores, Japan.

Images:  Courtesy of Asami Maruyama.

Caitlyn Murphy

There’s beauty in the mundane as can be seen in these paintings by Toronto-based artist Caitlyn Murphy.  The award-winning artist graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and has a degrees in both philosophy and illustration.  Her still-life gouache paintings showcase a unique style of realism preferring overlooked, quiet moments as her subject matter and reducing them to their simplest forms.  The artist has had solo and group exhibitions and completed an artist residency in Espoo, Finland.

More of her work can be viewed on her website and Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Caitlyn Murphy.

Naoki Onogawa

You can’t really appreciate his work until you look at the details of these paper crane trees.  They are the works of Naoki Onogawa who has been fond of making origami since he was a child.  One year after the earthquake on March 11, 2011, he saw a lot of thousand paper cranes, and the paper cranes were placed in a place that was not in the context of peace or war. He says this about his work:

“Incorporating the origami cranes that I encountered in my childhood into my work, I am creating a “place” for origami cranes. Looking back at it, I feel that the origami cranes are somehow precious and have a mysterious “something” hidden in them. And it was also my belief in “beauty”. Through dialogue with the work, I hope that something that will move your heart will be born.”

You can view more of his work on his website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Naomi Onogawa. 

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