Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Try a Little Tenderness

 I have recently fallen in love with Kyoko Okubo's small sculptures, 
delicately handcrafted from traditional japanese washi paper.
Okubo is a self taught artist who began playing with washi as a child, 
and in her mid-30s began making dolls for herself. After sharing 
her works with family and friends, she first exhibited them on a 
sidewalk Tokyo’s Harajuku district. Since these humble beginnings, 
she has gone on to show internationally and is currently represented 
by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge Massachusets.

Okubo's miniature scenes realistically portray intimate moments from her poetic 
dream world, a soft universe inhabited by gentle and enigmatic wild animals
mysteriously bonding and interacting with lovely girls and young children

"Washi, meaning “Japanese paper”, is a crisp, sturdy material created from fibers 
from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub or the paper mulberry. 
While today the material is often mass-produced, it is still handmade 
in rural communities throughout the country."

From an article about Okubo at American Craft Magazine.
You can also read a nice post on her work at Art Found Out.

Stay tuned for more January in Japan findings!


  1. I love these, I love the intimacy of them, their humour and observation.

  2. Love Japan findings. Thanks! {Z}



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