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.
One of the things we love about Japan are the numerous workshops available. They also have dozens of online projects like this one from Craftie Style which we will attempt to make. Instead of stone plastic clay we will be using air dry clay available at most craft stores. After concentrating on making similar pins we hope to graduate to larger projects like hanging ornaments and coasters. Incidentally, use Google translate since Craftie Style is in Japanese.
Images: Courtesy of Craftie Style.
Found these simple unique products on Japanese online marketplace, Minne. The textile artist, Naoko, graduated from design school and started selling handmade works while working on designs. She accompanied her husband to overseas assignments and during that time continued to self-teach Nordic weaving. “Eori” is also called “Flemish weaving” and is a very simple technique using a small loom. Warp threads are stretched over a small wooden frame, and weft threads are manually interchanged.
The textile artist can be followed on her website and Instagram. Her items can be purchased on Minne and Creema.
Images: Courtesy of Pernilla Works.