Tokyo Artbook Fair: Interview with Marie Wintzer


Studio Deanna:

A look at my fellow Art Byte Critique member, Marie Wintzer’s, art book work which you can see in person at the Tokyo Art Book Fair, Sept 19 – 21.

Originally posted on The Spendy Pencil:

The fourth in the series of interviews from fellow Tokyo Artbyte Critique group, who are participating in the Tokyo Artbook Fair presents Marie Wintzer.

Marie Wintzer is a French artist who also works in the field of neurosciences. She currently lives in Tokyo. Each of the books she will have available at the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014 are unique, one-of-a-kind constructions.

What kind of art do you do?
My work is based on mail art exchanges and consists of collages and books using Jjapanese magazines, newspapers, comics, books gathered from second-hand stores, along with altered pictures / photography of my own, and poems.

Book photo courtesy of Marie Wintzer

Book photo courtesy of Marie Wintzer

That sounds pretty complicated. What is your process?
In my work process I aim to find aesthetics through matching, pairing, comparing, contrasting. Aesthetics can arise from unexpected, apparently chaotic or incoherent structures, and I am particularly interested in the subjective notion…

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Tokyo Artbook Fair 2014: Interview with Lyle Nisenholz


Studio Deanna:

Fellow Art Byte Critique artist, Lyle, will also have his work at Tokyo Art Book Fair, Sept 19 – 21.

Originally posted on The Spendy Pencil:

The Zinesmate Tokyo Art Book Fair starts September 19th and I’m interviewing fellow Art Byte Critique artists about their work. The third in the series of eight interviews presents Lyle Nisenholz.

IMG_1079Lyle Nisenholz is an American artist, focusing on painting and illustration. Lyle will be presenting unique one of a kind hand-painted and hand-drawn books as well as multiple, smaller copies of his work. Strategically placed holes unite the pages of Lyle’s work, creating interaction with the surface pages and the pages below.

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m from the United States, mostly California.  I lived in Japan for 11 years.  I’m a high school sketch book doodler and wanted to draw like Heavy Metal Magazine and Dungeons and Dragons. However somehow I earned a fine art degree from college.  Mostly I sketch and draw images on paper, it’s like a diary of my feelings and ideas.



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Wire Crocheted Ulysses Butterfly

FOUND! – No Longer Seeking Australian Yarn Dyer :)


Are you a reliable, indy yarn dyer in Australia?

I am creating a large scale wire & yarn hand-crocheted Tropical Butterfly Garden art installation in Queensland, Australia to be completed in March/April of 2015. To construct this large piece I am seeking a reliable yarn source for specially dyed yarns the colors of various butterflies, caterpillars, flowers & plants native to north Queensland.

The types of butterflies I would like to use most are the Cairns Birdwing, Ulysses, Blue Triangle and the Lurcher. My project would set these butterflies in each of their lifecycle stages within a wire crocheted structure with yarn accents, such as the leaves & flowers of their preferred environments. Such as the Dutchman for the Cairns birdwing and the Evodia for the Ulysses.

I would need enough yarn to practice creating the designs, to build the project, and for workshops I will be teaching when the Tropical Butterfly Garden art installation is complete.

I’m not looking to create scientifically accurate crocheted butterflies, simply very recognizable species of approximately life-sized in what looks very recognizably as their preferred natural settings.

The yarn I’m thinking for the butterflies is something like a fingering weight with a sheen, as iridescent as possible.
Similarly thin yarn for designing the flowers.

The leaves would be varying shades of green and in varying weight yarns. A couple of the species I will create are the Australian Fan Palm, Dutchman Vine, and low lying plants such as the Purple Waffle Plant. Also, the barks of larger trees with browns and grays.

Please let me know if you’d be interested in helping me complete my Tropical Butterfly Garden Art Installation project. I’d be happy to provide more details and hopefully we can discuss feasibility, timelines, yarns, colors and pricing soon.

Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014: Interview with Studio Deanna


Studio Deanna:

The Spendy Pencil interviewed me regarding my work for the upcoming Tokyo Art Book Fair, Sept 19 – 21. Thanks, Spendy Pencil!

Originally posted on The Spendy Pencil:

The Zinesmate Tokyo Art Book Fair starts September 19th and I’m interviewing fellow Art Byte Critique artists about their work. The second in the series of eight interviews presents Deanna Koubou of Studio Deanna. Deanna is a fiber and metal artist from the United States.

Where are you from and how long have you been in Japan?
I am an emerging American artist who has lived in Japan for about 10 years. I have visited 49 of the 50 states and lived in 11, most recently California.

Detail of Navigation and Migration series.

Detail of Navigation and Migration series.

How long have you been making books?
About a year. I’ve been stitching and sewing since I was a child so jumping into hand stitched art books has been a very comfortable new art form for me.

How did you come to join ABC (Art Byte Critique)
As a group we’ve been meeting for almost a year to…

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Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014 Preparation Update


Studio Deanna:

Mamebon and Estello Art Book progress report from my fellow artist, Lori, who will also be at the Tokyo Art Book Fair, Sept 19 – 21.

Originally posted on The Spendy Pencil:

With less than two weeks to go until the Zinesmate Tokyo Artbook Fair 2014, I haven’t hit the panic button yet. Things seem to be going pretty well. If I meet my weekly target this week I think I’ll be okay.

Last week had tasks other than book making. I created an invite for a PDF mailout for our group and ordered new business cards with a company called Graphics. I’m stupidly proud of the PDF invite because I figured out how to make links on the PDF. This isn’t a really complicated thing, but I’d never done that before so it was nice that it worked out. It works even better on my smartphone than my computer.

Preparing the books has been a lot of fun. There have been compromises, but the good kind.

Estello Mame Bons

Multi-media: photography, hand-made stamps and pen illustration on washi. Concertina binding in hardcover.

Multi-media: photography, hand-made stamps and pen illustration on washi. Concertina binding in hardcover.

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Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014: Interview with Arthur Huang


Studio Deanna:

My fellow Tokyo Art Byte Critique artist who I will be joining at the Tokyo Art Book Fair Sept 10 – 21.

Originally posted on The Spendy Pencil:

The Zinesmate Tokyo Art Book Fair starts next week and I’m participating with the Art Byte Critique Group. Art Byte Critique is a diverse group of artists based in Tokyo. I’m really excited about the event and really proud to be part of the group. They were generous enough to spare some time from their preparation to do an interview with me. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be posting their interviews on The Spendy Pencil.

The first interview is with Arthur Huang, founder of Art Byte Critique Group.

Tell us about your background.
I moved to Tokyo from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009. I work at the RIKEN Brain Science Institute as a researcher in a laboratory studying the mechanisms of learning and memory in mice. At the same time, I maintain a studio practice working as a visual artist interested in memory and the everyday.

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“Hyper”stitch Bookbinding Video – Travel Journals

Art Book

I’ve been busy Longstitch Binding the last of my map-paged Travel Journals to be shown at the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014.

Special Thanks to Sea Lemon’s Longstitch Bookbinding tutorial on YouTube.

Filmed using Hyperlapse. Came out blurrier than expected, sorry about that.

Aztec Compass Rose Art Book

There’s a Portfolio here, too!

Works in Progress

Yes, Finally! This artist has an online portfolio here

Found my way between preparations for the Tokyo Art Book Fair and R & D on my next installation project, I’ve updated my website to a cleaner, portfolio supported theme called Illustratr.

I haven’t decided if it’s best to add any descriptions such as, materials used or the size, etc.


Thank You!  Enjoy my Portfolio!



Migration/Navigation Art Book Series – Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014

Art Book

My largest piece in the Migration/Navigation art book series is just about done. So far the series includes Travel Journals, each with unique map pages, and mini art books called mamebons. I have also completed other map art books with Migration/Navigation themes such as,  Route 66 and the Montgolfier Brothers hot air balloon.

This large piece is a great sea serpent design from an antique sailing map called the Carta Marina by Olaus Magnus. It’s first copies were printed in the early 1500s. I’ve hand-embroidered his design onto a modern day aviation chart. The complete piece measures approximately 50cm x 30cm (20″ x 11″)



I’ve been stitching madly to ensure it is completed in time for our booth at the Zine’s Mate Tokyo Art Book Fair!  





All scrolled up as antique charts were, making it my favorite art book design so far. It will be available for sale at the Tokyo Art Book Fair. Look for me at the Tokyo Art Byte Critique group’s booth.


Follow more of my art progress and adventures on Instagram!


Art Bin Participation at Yokohama Museum of Art


By appointment, I got my chance to throw my bad bit of art into Michael Landy’s Art Bin installation located inside the Yokohama Museum of Art. An interesting western idea being executed in a most Japanese way.

Mentioned in an earlier post, I created a large black snowflake that turned out to look like a disgusting spider. The Art Bin installation was perfect timing for me to purge my studio of this really bad idea.

IMG_0073 In typical Japanese fashion, I needed to apply, pick a date and hope they contacted me that my art would be acceptable. A week later they replied by email to let me know what time I was allowed to stop by on my chosen date. IMG_0069

This is a Bring Your Own Party event! There was no one else there to throw their art into the bin! Despite the Yokohama Triennale happening, it wasn’t very busy at the museum and I’m glad a friend was able to join me. I thought they would at least group a couple of artists together to toss work in but, sadly, there was just me.

screenshot I made the lonely 2 story climb to the top of the bin, waved to my friend, and tossed in my piece. It fell like a creepy dead spider and plopped to the bottom never breaking from it’s dead spider character to the end. screenshot

It was all very anti-climactic. Hearing the story behind work other artists tossed would have been a nice experience. Maybe a once per week time for artists to come by, line up and toss a piece in would have been nice. A good way to connect with other artists is completely squashed with the Japanese system of requiring specific appointments.

screenshot The whole Yokohama Triennale turned out to be a disappointing experience. Nothing really made my friend or I say, “Wow!” Too many pieces by artists that are seen over and over and over again. Various artwork that was crammed into areas too small and other work that clearly was placed in an area way too large.

Very few pieces were new work! So much of it was already presented at other venues for the past 10, 20, 30 years! There are just too many amazing installation artists out there for them to have just played it safe. Especially in a city that boasts how international it is.

Thankfully I had great company in my friend so it was still a fun Art Play Day! A big THANK YOU to her for taking photographs, also :)