You could say “I am my mother’s daughter”  in my love of folk art  and ephemera… apparently!  My mother’s collection through the years has inspired me to not only start my own collection, but to keep up with hers.  Although not technically folk art, she had amassed a collection of vintage Japanese wrapping papers and…

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I am always anxious to bring in spring; my favorite season…especially after the Blizzard of 2013 in the Northeast of the US. This year on February 2nd, I was lucky to witness the Setsubun ritual at my local shrine in my other neighborhood in Japan.  The tradition of Setsubun no Hi or Setsubun Day is…

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Have you ever considered yourself a superstar?  A paper star, at least?  I had the privilege of spending a week around the seasoned, paper legends as well as the new generation of  paper stars at the Watermarks Conference, (the 2012 meetings for both  Friends of Dard Hunter and IAPMA.) sponsored by and held at the Morgan…

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From a Burton-but not Tim. It’s Maria Burton’s work.  And it’s quite stunning.  With a mix of paper, fabric, and found objects, she creates detailed images that make you look twice.

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I planned a very long overdue party for my paperwomen! July 31st we got together down by the shore for a potluck-cookout.  Everyone contributed their culinary skills, or brought gourmet goodies from abroad.  It was a day for some much needed sun, and catching up!  The refreshing salt air and picturesque view perfectly complemented the…

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Recently, while out here in the East Coast visiting,  my brother Stu packed up the best of his old matchbook collection and attempted to bring some of the ol’ memories in his luggage, back to the West Coast.  Upon departure from the local airport, most of the collection was removed from his luggage and confiscated…

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I just came back from my first visit to Minneapolis/St. Paul, and participated in in the Surface Design Association Conference for the very first time.  The conference normally takes place in Kansas City, but this year it was in Minneapolis within the University of Minnesota East Campus.  Within the massive University of Minnesota campus there…

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As you can see, it’s a little different than Cinco de Mayo celebrations.   May 5th is known as  Boy’s Day, Children’s Day, kodomo no  hi, or as I call it : “The day when fish fly”. Click on the youtube  link below to check out a monster size koi nobori 鯉のぼり (carp kite): [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhRsT_Vviws&feature=player_embedded#at=15] Biggest Koi…

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I love these bamboo cutting boards by AHeirloom, especially of my home state Rhode Island)!  Little Rhody is barely big enough for a few mushrooms a knife, and a small round of cheese. But imagine one of Italy?  Especially, “the boot” !  ….maybe only a few grapes would fit on there. found via etsy

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Sleep soundly under these papers in the Clouds Room at the Maison Moschino Hotel in the heart of Milano.  A former railway station, it now is an apparently exquisite boutique hotel with surreal and dreamlike decor. For fashionistas, there is the Ballgown room: The only problem with the website-no images of their menu, with sushi…

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