An Artful Day

Handmade paper box by Hitomi Johnson

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Today we made our annual trip to the Bellevue Artsfair. It’s a summer highlight for us – we love to discover new artists and collect their work. I’ve been going to the Artsfair for four years and make a point to visit and purchase from my favorite artists each year, discovering new ones along the way.

I’ve been wanting to write a post on these artists for a long time. Maybe now I’ll actually get all the way through it!

To start off, this year’s discovered artist is Hitomi Johnson and her company is Washi Craft. She makes incredible paper boxes and wall decor from handmade Japanese papers. She doesn’t have a website but her phone number is 509-334-3135.

The colors and detail in her pieces are arresting – literally stopped me in my tracks! I bought a set of two boxes, one nested inside the other, for $29.00. I just adore the bright colors and patterns and that the top of the box looks like a beautiful mosaic. And so cute – inside the small box were two tiny origami tsuru (Japanese cranes). A lovely touch. (Not too prominent in my bio but when I was growing up we spent three years in a small coastal village in Japan. As I move toward more simplicity in life, the influences from that time resonate more now than ever.)

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Danielle is a French mixed media artist from New York. I’ve been visiting her booth and buying her work for three or four years and it’s a special treat to see her each year – she’s such a lovely person. Her work is rich and evocative, with the colors and feel of a faded medieval tapestry. I just LOVE it. I’ve purchased quite a few of her pieces and if I was wealthy, I would buy everything! Here are some which I own:

Although I didn’t buy anything today, she made a gift to me of one of her early pieces which I find absolutely charming, called Paris:

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I am in awe of this artist. She is from Latvia and now lives on a four acre farm in Michigan. She is a master craftsman in the truest and oldest sense of the word. I’ve already written about her in my January post about my birthday gift, and today purchased two more pieces. The detail and character in her etchings are phenomenal, and although I mostly collect her nature pieces, she does fabulous fantasy, fairy and mythological work as well. Here is what I got today:

That’s my art news for now. More to come!

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Badminton update: D: 18 matches G: 18 matches

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The Dawn Solo

This morning – only one robin discernible, not starting until 5:10 and lasting only 10 minutes. I shouldn’t be sad – they have earned a rest, although they are still quite busy and active throughout the day. It’s just now mornings are less cheery, and I find I’m oversleeping. It seems so sudden, but it has been changing gradually over the last week or so. Amazing how nature works.

Sparkling Mid Summer

Bellis, originally uploaded by georgiannalane.

(texture by Florabella Textures)

It’s really happening. The birds are winding down for the season. Oh, they will be around still, but the dawn chorus is nearly over for this year. This morning the birds didn’t start until after 5:00 and only went for a few minutes. It’s sad for me, as it marks a change, a waning of the days, even though warmer ones are coming. The daylight hours are perceptibly shorter and the sun no longer rises exactly in between the fir trees through our bedroom window.

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