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

Follow my day-to-day art adventures: Instagram @studiodeanna

or twitter: studiodeanna

Art Books for World Book Day – March 1st

Part of the St Helens Arts in Libraries Commision, To England they go, to the Eccleston Library for World Book Day, March 1st:

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(Update Mar 22, 2018: Congrats to St Helens for earning the First Burough of Culture!!)

Several of us from Art Byte Critique who have participated in Tokyo Art Book Fair have been invited to contribute to this year’s World Book Day. I chose to provide three of my embroidered Navigation/Migration series books:

Lori Ono - Mamebon

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Washi and Whetstones

Best place to find a whetstone aka Tokyo Art Adventures w/Mia O – Mokuhanga Artist!

Six of us, all members of Art Byte Critique, set out from our respective homes around the Tokyo Metro area and converged upon the 360+ year old, Ozu Washi paper store in the Nihonbashi area.

We each had our reasons for making this errand; Michelle wanted washi sheets for her contemporary nihonga painting idea. Lori was on a quest to find just the right texture, color, and pattern for her handmade bee-themed mamebon, bean-sized books. Patty, Louise, & Mia O were each looking for paper for their printmaking projects and I was there out of curiosity.

Ozu Washi fits the widest range of washi paper enthusiasts. They inform the tourists, yet showcase their centuries of consistently top quality paper in various forms throughout the other floors with a large room set up as a museum. Lovely displays of amazing art pieces utilizing washi, cones of paper yarns, videos, and classes all in one place!

We each walked out with beautiful sheets of washi that handled each of our widely varying needs. My purchase was a package of five tissue paper thin, buttery soft, all white sheets to create a backdrop for photographing my artwork.

After a delicious lunch of Soba noodles at Takashimaya we made our way to Morihei Knife & Whetstone Shop in the Asakusa-bashi area.

Oguro Sensei brought out his iPad to show us additional information regarding his business; comfortable using modern technology. Some of his offerings are listed on his website, yet many, many more are available in his shop.

Morihei has been around since 1933 and is dedicated to the absolute highest quality whetstones for mokuhanga carving chisels, chyoukin metal etching tools, nigiri sheers, sushi knives, and swords. The variety in each stone was astounding, the color, the grit, the size, all had a unique purpose. Oguro Sensei said many sushi chefs come to Japan to purchase the excellent knives but then need to return to buy a whetstone from him to keep those knives sharp.

Mia & Patty receiving advice and discussing their multitude of choices!

TIP for choosing a good whetstone:

Place a drop of water on the stone; a slowly sinking drop is better and the water stays around to provide lubricant for the item one is sharpening.

If the water drop sinks too quickly, it is a poor quality stone.

Both Patty and Mia needed to purchase a stone for their mokuhanga tools that day and this is what our group, Art Byte Critique, is about, supporting each other so we can each successfully move forward with our own work.

This large whetstone is used to sharpen one’s sword!

Mia O is a Selected Artist at the International Mokuhanga Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Currently her work can be seen at the UH Manoa Art Building Main Gallery. Mia was among a handful of printmakers to be selected for acquisition awards by the Hawaii State Foundation for Culture and the Arts, Arts in Public Places!!

Mia will be showing additional work available for purchase in the Chinatown Artists Lofts First Friday Open Studios event room 203 – Ark of the Unicorns Gallery Space

 

Morihei – Knife & Whetstone Shop

111-0053 JAPAN

Taito-Ku, Tokyo

1-28-6 Asakusa-bashi

Approx 2 min walk from either the JR Asakusa-bashi Stn or the Asakusa-bashi Subway Stn

Art Byte Critique: ‘Game Changing Art Collective…’

Since 2012 I have been a member of Art Byte Critique here in Tokyo, Japan and it has been a game changer for me. We are an international group representing Japan and several countries around the world.

We greatly appreciate our inclusion in the write up by INDIE Magazine, July 21, 2017 by Hannah Cassens Marshall:

“Art Byte Critique (Tokyo)
Art Byte Critique was created in 2012 by Arthur Huang in response to a desire for a community of artists interested in sharing ideas and providing feedback for work; its purpose was to find a productive outlet for resources that could grow studio practice. The collective has become a touchstone or home base for the participating artists. The term “Art Byte” is a play on the Japanese (German-derived) word for part-time work, アルバイト (arubaito), as most of the participating artists also have other occupations. Driven by concerns about the sustainability of an artistic practice in the current globalized contemporary art environment, Art Byte Critique focuses less on the big picture of the contemporary art world and more on the development of a smaller, more actionable community of artists with a range of practices and perspectives. Monthly studio work discussion meetings run alongside regular communications via social media and blogs, as well as updates on creative events in the Tokyo area. There is no formal membership in Art Byte Critique, rather a conscious decision to create a fluid environment where all artists are informed of all activities and are invited to participate as and when they wish.”

Super proud to be a part of Art Byte Critique since its inception. Thank You, Arthur and fellow members members!

While we await anxiously to hear about a group proposal, here’s just a taste of what we have in the works coming up:

July 31 – Artist Talks w/Nick West & Patty Hudak – Good Heavens Brit Bar in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo starting at 7:30PM

Sept 9 – Oct 9 Nakanojo Biennial: Both Arthur J Huang and Yuka Otani each have been chosen to participate.

Sept 28 – Oct 1 Mia Oo will have work and be attending the Mokuhanga International Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii

Oct 5 – 8: Art Byte Critique just rec’d the great news yesterday that we have been included in the upcoming Tokyo Art Book Fair for the 4th year in a row! 6 of us are participating this year, coordinated this year by Lori Ono. Also participating are; Yuko Kamei, Louise Rouse, Arthur J Huang, Patty Hudak, & Nick West

Oct 6 – First Friday in Honolulu, Hawaii – Deanna Gabiga  will have a show of new works at Chinatown Lofts

Expect to see work by Michelle Zacharias to pop-up in Kyoto near the end of October/early November.

Ruri Clarkson – She is keeping us in suspense with a new (still secret!!) project :) In the meantime she has posted work at www.chromatope.com

To keep up with events be sure to follow Art Byte Critique on Facebook

We look forward to seeing you at our events, Thank You!