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

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 💚📷✅

Follow more adventures (when I remember to take photos) on Instagram: StudioDeanna

Tokyo Collective: Illustrators in Tokyo

Go see the Hajime Show by Tokyo Collective this Sunday, Apr 22 from 10AM – 5PM at NinetyTwo13(Tokyo Chapter), behind Tokyo Midtown on the other side of Hinokicho Park.

Address: Akasaka 9-2-13, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 107-0052 (It’s in a grey building with NinetyTwo13 over the doorway, go to the 2nd Floor)

Many of the artists are also sequential artists so there is a Sequential Art Meeting starting at 7PM in the gallery space on Sunday evening.

Super proud of my friends for their gorgeous illustration work, absolutely beautiful, thought provoking, and so honest in their first experiences in Japan. I saw, felt, and experienced many of the same encounters on my first move here.

Tokyo Collective’s Hajime Show has compiled a high quality Zine containing work by each of the artists, available only at the show for the one coin price of 500yen!

Cover Art by Erica Ward @erica.ward.illustration

\/ Inside Cover Art by Julia Nascimento @ns_julia

\/ Erika Suzuki @suuueri_illust

\/ Tania Vicedo @taniasillustration

\/ Michele Laudig @michelelaudig I really liked the way Michele used layers of materials to complete her work which is difficult for a simple black and white printed to convey. Worth the trip to the gallery on Sunday to see them in person.

The complete list of artists with a mini bio:

I’m looking forward to seeing what Erica does next at the art & fashion show:

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!

 

 

Travel Journal Art Books

Made several Travel Journal Art Books this past week. It’s a journey in itself where art takes an artist. I never thought to create a handmade book but once I started how could I not? Such an easy extension from my love of reading I wonder why I haven’t put together handmade books earlier.

IMG_0017 Recycling Worldwide Maps and tough upholstery fabric create a lightweight journal that is easy to toss into your backpack for your next adventure or for kids off to Summer Camp.

 

IMG_0025_2    Each page is about 5″ x 7″ with one side blank and the printed map on the reverse.

IMG_0027_2   Pages have been chosen at random in random order to offer a variety of spaces for a variety of travel needs. Each of the pages offer longitude and latitude for searching where in the world some of the pages are.

Three different coordinating button and wax coated thread binding are available in my store on Etsy:

Blue: 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/190835255/travel-sketchbook-journal-from-recycled?ref=listing-2

Black: 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/190836267/travel-scrapbook-and-journal-from?ref=listing-shop-header-0

Brown: 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/190827234/worldwide-map-travel-journal-hand-bound?ref=listing-shop-header-1