Japanese Woodblock Printmaking

Made my way up to Shinjuku to Keio Plaza Hotel’s Lobby Gallery to see a gorgeous woodblock printing exhibition by some of Japan’s top printmakers. Super excited to see work by my lovely friend Louise Rouse included!

Louise’s pieces are brilliant standouts and her invitation to exhibit exemplifies a great future for a traditional craft.

Louise created her “Ropes, Cords, Bonds” and “Hybrids” pieces using Chine-colle techniques. Per Wikipedia, “Chinecollé is a special technique in printmaking, in which the image is transferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support in the printing process. One purpose is to allow the printmaker to print on a much more delicate surface, such as Japanese paper or linen, which pulls finer details off the plate.”

She is an Adjunct Professor in the art program at Temple University, Japan, and co-teaches workshops with master woodblock carver Motoharu Asaka. This summer they are offering a course to teach the full process of woodblock printmaking from start to finish. Don’t be intimidated, this class is open to beginners. You will become familiar with carving, printing, and paper handling all in the city of Tokyo. This is a great opportunity for an experience holiday in Japan. Their next 4-Day Intensive Course starts August 9:

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The Latest from the Studio

Sunday was the last day of CAF at Setagaya Art Museum’s Taiji Kiyokawa Gallery. Enjoyed the opportunity to present my AmiNETworks ghost net installation in a new space! Would love to see it in an ocean setting soon.

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Due to unforeseen circumstances the remainder of my 2018 has drastically changed from its original quiet schedule of artwork construction, to a World Tour possibly including, but not limited to lobsters & lions!

The adventures will be amazing and my artwork construction schedule is receiving a major revamp. Unfortunately, I need to stop working on my largest wire sculpture pieces. Their size will make it too difficult to take on Tour.

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Focusing on a couple of my fiber artwork series,’ which are lightweight and easily transportable, has me almost looking forward to the massive hours of travel time. Almost. In the meantime, I am testing out various textures on various fabrics. Some failures, some successes, lots of fun.

A friend and I are putting the last steps together to have a great show in Shibuya towards the end of January

Super excited that I will be organizing my fiber work for travel using project bags with my photography!

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It’s been in the 30s (90sF) here in Tokyo with the heat index into the 40s! Stay cool, Stay hydrated everyone!!

July 2018 Art Byte Adventures!

We’ve been busy here the last couple of months and now it’s show time for many of us this before the big summer holiday in August.

Grab your calendar, analog or digital or both, and let’s mark when you can visit the following shows:

Monday, July 9: (TONIGHT!) Canvas Talks organized by Nick West: https://www.facebook.com/events/479794202442901/?ti=icl

Wednesday, July 11 – 16 Ruri Clarkson at Hikarie: http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2018/06/24/traditional-japanese-motifs-playfully-repurposed-by-ruri-clarkson/

Friday, July 13 – 23 @ Launch Pad Gallery in Yokohama, includes work by Arthur J Huang: https://www.facebook.com/events/244563946139397/?ti=icl

Monday, July 16 – 22 Setagaya Art Museum’s Taiji Memorial Gallery: https://www.setagayaartmuseum.or.jp/en/annex/kiyokawa/

July 1 – 31 Lori Ono’s Snowfences photography in Jiyugaoka: https://studiodeanna.com/2018/07/07/cool-off-this-month-with-wintery-snowfences-by-lori-ono

HIGHLY RECOMMEND: August 9 – 12 Japanese Woodblock Printmaking, 4-day intensive course! Taught in English by our own Louise Rouse: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intensive-4-day-japanese-woodblock-course-in-tokyo-tickets-47144313912

Cool off this month with wintery Snowfences by Lori Ono

As you are zipping around the city this sweltering summer month, cool off in Jiyugakoa’s unique Neighborhood & Coffee Starbucks location.

For the month of July, Lori Ono‘s wintery image series, Snowfences, will be on display for you to enjoy. Snowfences is a series of photographs taken during a cold, snowy day in Idaho/Montana area of the US. Lori Ono is a Canadian author, illustrator, and photographer currently living in Tokyo. Definitely, stop by to see her work.

Not in Tokyo this month? Check out her online shop to see her work and order your own Snowfences imagery.

See additional work by Lori Ono: Instagram @loriono_thespendypencil

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Caran d’Arche Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo

What a beautiful shop! The Caran d’Arche Boutique in Ginza, Tokyo has bright new art supplies, all perfectly organized, I had to go! My skills at using these kinds of supplies is still quite new but a friend sat at the materials testing bar and soaked it all in. Watch the short video of her adorable test piece. The shop is a quiet, happy spot amongst the crowded hustle on the Ginza streets. Enjoy the visuals:

I’m still playing at finding the correct NeoColor Aquarelle crayon to water balance with the (7) colors I have at home:

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An Artist’s Day in Tokyo

Spent Saturday running around Tokyo with another artist friend, Spendy Pencil! We had specific errands to complete but enough time for fun inbetween despite not meeting in Harajuku until 3:30 in the afternoon.

Out for a big part of the day and this is the only photo I took!! Love the perpective lines along with the blue/yellow/grey color combination.

I have continued to take macrophotos of my artwork and have a backlog of photos I’d like to see printed up. Spendy Pencil has two shows coming up soon so we started at Pictorico photo shop where we had discovered the perfect papers for each of our completely different styles of photography. We placed our orders and headed out to dinner.

Well, my dinner and her lunchtime, LOL!! A meal of papaya salad, Tom Yum soup, and Thai Iced Tea in Omotesando and we walked on to our next stop.

Sekaido is a 6-floor Mecca for art supplies and a great place to run into other art friends on their own art adventures around the city. It’s also a good place to find frames needed for artwork of any size. Spendy Pencil placed a special order to be completed in 90 minutes and we were off to Clouds Art + Coffee.

Our friend Erica was having a reception for her solo show in Koenji and her amazing illustration work again drew a big crowd that spilled out into the street. Congrats to her!!! I picked up a patch from an image which she drew and her partner, Shishunori, created the embroidered patch. I needed something to make my favorite Uniqlo hoody unique.

Stitched it on this morning, chose not to iron it as I’ll probably want to change it to another clothing item in the future.

Back to Sekaido to pick up Spendy Pencil’s frames and then back home. Spendy Pencil messaged that our art adventures came to almost 13,000 steps, 10 kilometers (6 miles)

Zipping on/off trains, inumerable stairs, and a great Saturday with friends!!

Start your own Tokyo art adventures at Clouds Art + Coffee’s upcoming exhibition all based around the color Green which includes @loriono_thespendypencil 💚📷✅

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Embroidery Designing

Embroidered (3) different colorways of an octopus design to decide which I prefer and found I love each equally so!

As I decide my future plans for these flower holding octopuses, I finished another piece for a completely different series in which I am working. It’s a portrait of my fibroid; originally a photo from the surgery which I photo edited and then had printed onto fabric. Finally, I French Knotted DMC 115 into 8cm of “Bloody Mess.”

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