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Latest kokeshi addition

Latest kokeshi addition

Introducing the latest addition to my kokeshi doll family… My friend rescued this kokeshi for me from the internet as an early birthday present. She’s absolutely gorgeous, but I don’t know anything about her origin. She has a slight wonkiness about her, which I like. The head was separate and just slots on with a … Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is on the theme of ‘yellow’, and yesterday I just happened to pick up a brand new sunshiny addition to my kokeshi (こけし) doll family: ‘Yellow’ is making me think about this beautiful piece of craft right now. She’s my first yellow traditional kokeshi doll – most of my other … Continue reading

Postcard from Japan: Kokeshi

Postcard from Japan: Kokeshi

こけしのこころは見る人の心をうつすこころです “Kokeshi no kokoro wa miru hito no kokoro o utsusu kokoro desu” “The kokeshi’s heart is the heart that reflects the mind of the beholder” (or something like that!)

A washi paper gift…

A washi paper gift…

I had a little surprise in the post the other day – a long-awaited prize which, to be honest I had given up on. You might remember that back in June I won a Brighton Japan Festival photo contest – well, due to some kind of mix-up, I never actually received my prize. Anyway, I … Continue reading

Origami inspired homemade Christmas cards

Origami inspired homemade Christmas cards

I decided to have a go at making some Christmas cards this year, using some Christmas origami paper and origami folding techniques. What do you think? I might start a bit earlier next year and try to make a few more if they’re popular! 😀

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

Exhibition: “re:new tohoku” at Asia House

If you’re in London this weekend I urge you to visit the free exhibition of crafts from Tohoku (the region in northeastern Japan which was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011) which is currently on display at Asia House – only until Sunday! Tonight I had the pleasure of … Continue reading

Brighton Japan Festival 2012

Brighton Japan Festival 2012

When I went to the Brighton Japan Festival last year (weekend 1 & weekend 2) I had only recently returned from Japan and was dying for a hit of Japanese culture. I had been living in Bognor Regis where the only way to get a taste of Japan is to buy sushi from Tesco (yuck!) … Continue reading

Introducing… OrigArti: Bespoke Origami Fashion

Introducing… OrigArti: Bespoke Origami Fashion

I recently came across a new origami-themed online store which is opening on Sunday 1st July. Allow me to introduce… OrigArti! OrigArti’s founder, Brighton-based artist Jimmy Dean, took a little time out to explain what OrigArti is all about: I started to watch anime from the age of nine and since then I have developed … Continue reading