Papel Amate (or amatyl) although it comes in sheets, is technically not formed the same way paper is.  It is referred to as “bark cloth”, “paper cloth” and as “paper”, depending on who you talk to.   The most significant fact is that the oldest codex known was made from amate in the pre-columbian era.  The fibers are…

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How is your summer going? Ours is busy, although we have been able to enjoy the fruits of our labor along with a Sunday stroll along the shore, (we are privileged living on the East Coast, despite the winters).  It may be hot, but summer brings its own inspiration: seasonal fruits, sunsets, and back at the…

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I literally just stepped off the plane from one of the most beautiful places on Earth: Hawai’i.  Despite the need to be out from behind a desk, close to the lullaby of the ocean waves, still I couldn’t resist delving further into some traditional culture of the islands.  Little did I know this curiosity would lead to…

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2012 over!?!  That was amazingly quick. I guess I do spend much of my time on the road and it is clear traveling or rather “not being home” speeds up time! To switch things up in my dual-life pattern, I spent the fall of 2012 in the East Coast of the US for a change. …

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Honestly,  I would have loved to have gone to Helsinki this year for the 50th anniversary of Marimekko; dreamed about going to those special anniversary events happening at the Marimekko Village……but alas, a couple weeks ago, for my quick fix,  I had the chance to go in the Marimekko store in Tokyo’s Ometesando.  Snapped these…

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Courtesy of Michael Lin.  His wallpapers, inspired by traditional Taiwanese textile designs, are not simply plastered in the latest trendiest boutique hotel- they would actually be on the hotel. In this case, gloriously and boldly draping the Vancouver Art Gallery: It almost seems superimposed, I know, but these hand-painted panels are installations that can be seen…

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Tenugui is a  “handy-wipe”, which Japanese carry with them for daily use. But, as you can see here, they are used in a variety of different ways; like as part of a costume for parade performers, as giftwrap for  presents, as wall art, as a sash or scarf. These pretty little textiles we’re neatly tied…

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Several months ago- maybe more-I did a post on FaceBook about shifu.  It was a minimal post- mostly photos in fact. Apparently this post inspired one of my colleagues to set forth on a brand new quest to learn how to make  shifu.  Barbara Green, being an accomplished painter, graphic and web designer, competing rower,…

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Check out this handmade tunic, created with our very own Kyosei paper or (Kyoseishi) by Utah artist Kaye Terry. Kyosei paper is crinkled by hand and repeatedly treated with a clear root starch, usually konnyaku, which results in a very pliable, sew-able, paper cloth. Thanks to Kaye Terry,  I’m inspired to make my own tunic…

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Dec 1, 2010 was a lucky day or fateful day, not sure which….who am I kidding? It’s usually a little of both.  Visited my friend at her new digs in the best part of Tokyo…”Azabu”; more specifically Azabu-Juban. Azabu Juban is exactly the neighborhood of one of my all-time favorite stores “Blue & White”, founded…

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