Not just for Spinners – Tokyo Spinning Party!

Art, Tropical Butterfly Garden - Wire & Yarn Crocheted Art Installation

Friends and I visited the Tokyo Spinning Party on Monday. A show full of fleeces, silks, spindles, batts, workshops, and lots of other colorful yarn-y goodness.

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 White Romany, approx US$10.00 for 3oz.

Tokyo Spinning Party Felting

5 Ladies in a Felting Class

Is spinning popular in Japan? Happy Spinning’s booth full of batts was cleaned out! Completely! Yes, spinning is popular in Japan.


Tokyo Spinning Party Silk

Lots of Silk!

& weaving

Tokyo Spinning Party Loom

Tokyo Spinning Party - Boya Farm

Looking for more adventure? Check out Boya Sheep Farm in Hokkaido, complete with Sheepdog Shows at the farm.

I picked up a few things that might work for my Tropical Butterfly Garden art installation:

Ulysses Blue

A bit of sparkly blue to use in  combination with another yarn to create a great look for the Ulysses Butterflies.

Tokyo Spinning Party Yarn Big texture that might work for the rainforest floor along with this most grass-like yarn. Grass Yarn

Looking forward to attending next year!


A Piece at the Kana Art Festival Exhibition


I just sent one of my wire crocheted flowers to be shown at the Kana Art Festival & Exhibition this weekend in Gunma, Japan. This is a free event open to anyone interested in escaping the crowded city for a beautiful weekend in a lovely mountain town. Some of my fellow artists will also have work at the Festival Exhibition such as Lori Ono.

Wire Crochet Flower  Shiro Oni Studio is hosting the Kana Art Festival & Exhibition with details and directions on their website:

Date: September 27-28 – 2014

Time: 10am- 8pm

Place: Onishi 108-2

We’re holding an art festival on September 27 (sat) and 28 (sun) in celebration of Chiaki Horikoshi’s recent lifetime achievement award from the King of Spain for his cultural contributions between Spain and Japan. The Spanish ambassador to Japan will present the medal to Mr. Horikoshi on the 28th at 4pm.
Experience a great combination of Spanish and Japanese Events:
  • Flamenco and cante X Onishi festival music
  • Spanish Piella X Tochanage stew
  • Spanish Wine X Local Japanese sake
  • Kjell Hahn’s tearoom X Chiaki Horikoshi’s tearoom
  • Artwork from area artists and Shiro Oni Studio artists from over 10 countries
  • and its all free.
Booth photo

A Booth at the Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014

Art Book

My first book fair and, according to Zine’s Mate, it is the largest in Asia! My boothmates definitely agree that it’s huge, the amount of art books, zines, paper supplies, printers, and all the accessories seems to cover acres of booths.

TABF Booth

Tokyo Art Byte Critique’s Booth No. H-05 has been enjoying the amazing flood of creativity that has poured into the Gaien Campus. Here’s a look at the write-up for our group in the book fair catalog:

TABF Write-up

My favorite find so far is an adorable cat mamebon:

Neko Mamebon


Measuring a mere 4 cm this little book has a fat felted tail and a full story complete with illustrations. Created by a student at the Nagoya University of Arts for a Media Communication Design class. You’ll find them at Booth No. D-04 but at only 500 yen each they will go quickly!!

Across from our booth is the enthusiastic Knuckles & Notch from Singapore, sharing a table with another art book designer all the way from NYC:


Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014: Interview with Dai Oinuma


Studio Deanna:

Fellow Art Byte Critique Group artist Dai Oinuma interview regarding the books he has made for the Tokyo Art Book Fair, Sept 19 – 21.

Originally posted on The Spendy Pencil:

The sixth interview in the Art Byte Critique Group series for Tokyo Art Book Fair 2014 is with Dai Oinuma. Dai studied at Rhode Island School of Design.


“Grave.” Photo courtesy of Dai Oinuma

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m from Japan. I usually work in photography and video – both analogue and digital. My work is an exploration of the persistence, growth, decay, and rebirth of the environment and all living creatures.

What kind of book/s will you have at the Tokyo Art Book Fair?
I will have middle-end photoboks and postcards. I’m trying to make my book as affordable as possible while maintaining a certain quality.


“Kate”. Photo courtesy of Dai Oinuma

Are these books mass produced or is each one unique?
My books are mass-produced, but they are hand-made.

What kind of materials do you use?
Washi and cellophane.

What are two points you want people…

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Buttons Travel Journals

Buttons, Buttons, Buttons…

Art Book

Today is all about the buttons! Putting those finishing touches on my Travel Journals for the Tokyo Art Book Fair this weekend.

For every 5 buttons I sew, there is a small Pumpkin Kit Kat reward!

Buttons Travel Journals

Button, button, button, button, button, pumpkin kit kat, button, button, button…

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.

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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