Taisuke Takehiro aspired to ceramic art and studied in Tokyo, Bizen, and Shigaraki.Â She constructed her kiln in 1987 and in 2014 established her brand, Aki Kasara in a quiet mountain village in Kakegawa City, Japan.Â Her focus is on simple, primitive, flat brooch that looks like metal but is actually hard porcelain.Â By adding platinum, palladium and other elements the color can be changed according to the application.Â Her designs include plants, animals, geometric patterns.
More of her work can be viewed on her website, Instagram and on her Iichi shop.
Images: Courtesy of Aki Kasara.
We were browsing in the Japanese handmade marketplace, Minne, and found this very unique macramÃ© brand, Kaiku.Â Of course very little is known about the maker except that she graduated from Bunka Designer Institute obtaining a color coordinator qualification.Â She makes these tapestries with brass and cotton threads.Â Her inspiration comes from the hand-knitted presents her grandmother gave her every year.
You can find her shop here at Minne.
Images: Courtesy of Kaiku Brass-String.
HinÃ© Mizushima, who was born and raised in Japan, majored in Japanese traditional painting before working as a designer and Illustrator in Tokyo.Â She moved to a few prominent cities before settling in Vancouver, Canada where she lives with her family.Â She expresses art through slow crafting, needle felting, weaving, making miniature collages, illustrations and puppet stop-motion animations.Â We have previously featured her work but it is worthwhile to see her newest creations.Â On the Floating Magazine she says this about how she chose to work with varied mediums:
“Since graduation, I always have been an illustrator. Then about ten years ago, I was looking for information about some simple GIFs on the internet, but instead of finding that, I stumbled upon â€˜How to make a stop-motion video with your digital camera and iMovie.â€™ It looked interesting and easy, so I made a parody music video with tiny handmade puppets for a song by ‘They Might Be Giants’ (Brooklyn based rock band, of which I have been a big fan for a long time), just for fun. Then I tried to post it on their MySpace page, but I didnâ€™t understand how it worked. But I found a â€˜send messageâ€™ button instead, so I simply sent them the link to my video. Then a few days later, they contacted me, asking me to work on a video project with them!“
“Then, when I started to work on the second stop-motion music video for They Might Be Giants, I had to make some needle-felted characters and props for the first time. It was actually a lot of fun, and was easy to create 3D stuff by felting wool. Since then I have been making felt sculptures and stop-motion music videos. If I hadnâ€™t stumbled upon the how-to website and then worked with They Might Be Giants, I probably wouldnâ€™t have even been a crafter. Life is very interesting and unpredictable! At the same time, I started my Etsy shop to sell my handmade felt stuff and prints.“
You can follow the artist on her website, Behance and Instagram.Â Some of her merchandise can be purchased on Etsy and Society 6.
Images: Courtesy of Hine Mizushima.