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Bounds melt; Time stands Still.

Hello, howdy, how’s this Life thing going at your end?

Sea Shell, texture.Sea Shell, part, macro.

Me, much of my evenings are spent visiting where fireflies hang, floating in the night, suspended in time.
They hack my sense of time there. Jail breaking with no strings attached. Generous sweethearts, them biofluorescents.

Spider Lily Petal, dye swatch, detail.

Early summer days get tender and sensual as the sun goes down.
The sound of breaking waves is the ever-lasting heart beat, with its imprint inescapable to both the sea shells and myself.

Sea Shell, waves, textures - macro.Spider Lily, Petal, pencil drawing - process.

Photos are of various beach finds and a dye swatch – dye, in red, is not set yet – for my “Spider Lily Red” series.
The last photo is of a new pencil drawing, incomplete, of a petal of the said lily, that is for the said series, trying something different from how I usually painted – “shading”-heavy – with dyes.

I will report the progress of the said project along with my usual blah blah’s on here or on social sites such as EyeEm, Flickr and Tumblr.
So swing by, when you get a chance. Thank you, and have a great July and beyond.

本日2014年が半分になりました、いかがお過ごしですか。

写真は上から、貝殻、次が丸くって平たくって真ん中に穴の開いた直径5センチほどの海の生き物の真ん中あたりから出現したパーツ、それから、彼岸花がモチーフの次作のための染め見本 – 絹に酸性染料でペイントした同花花びら、また貝殻、で、最後が同シリーズ用の同花弁鉛筆画、これも染め見本用ですが多少手法を今までのシェーディング主体のやり方から少し変えてみているところ、です。

次作の進み具合はこちら、またはEyeEmFlickrないしタンブラあたりにおりをみてアップしてゆきます。また見に来てください、では愉しい初夏を。

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Dyed Threads – Process in Pictures

Depicting the mental process behind each piece. Originally posted on my Cargo Collective account (which is undergoing remodeling since tonight) sometime around June 2011.
Long-ish post. To scroll up, I highly recommend using the “Back to Top” function found at the lower right corner, as this site’s image loading set-up may make it harder to return towards the top.

『Dyed Threads』(染料を使った服の形の絵画作品)シリーズの内的な制作過程を画像にしてみたもの。当方のCargo Collectiveサイトに2011年6月頃投稿、あちらのリニューアルにともないこちらへ引っ越しとなった次第。
上向きスクロールはこのサイトの画像ローディング設定上苛立たしい状況になることが多いようなので、右下コーナーにある「Back to Top」使用をお勧めしております。

Wing Dress Velocity (2009 – 2011)

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Wing Dress (2007 – 2009)

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Aqua Dragon Dress 2 (2006)

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Indigo Dragon Top (2006)

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Aqua Dragon Dress (2006)

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Heading off to the land where nighthawks sparkle.
Will return soon with updates.

Thanks for stopping by.
- Yuko, 07May14

夜明の薄闇が美しい最果の地で制作中。
ほんとうに烈しいものは、静寂のなかからうまれるのかもしれません。

切りのいいところでお見せします、またお寄りください。ありがとう。
5/30/2014

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How Cherries Fall

Photo processed to imitate old postcard, of a picnic held under blooming cherries.

From an unsent letter:

Hope you get to see the cherries fall – have you?
There’s this one day all the trees decide to let go of the petals, it’s not the rain, wind, or storm… but when this one day comes, often a very sunny day, they release their petals and fill the gray and busy Tokyo with swirling mass of pink confetti.

photo of a bird perched on cherry blossom branch, looking towards camera.Cherries in full bloom, close up photo.

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Blanket Jacket

This item is in the making. I will post more photos and details as it grows into a finished piece. Yes, this is a web store in a form of a process blog within a blog.

March 31, 2014

Photo of a winter jacket made from military blanket.

The material for this jacket is an actual military blanket from Germany. It weighs like thick wool 100% sould, will keep you so very warm.
The color is deep olive green with letters in light gray with slight tint of blue.

Initially this piece was for myself, putting together pieces left from a Blanket Coat I made more than 10yrs ago. I decided to make this available for purchase for, well, I already have a coat that is still in pretty good shape after fairly heavy use. I am also considering to offer an option of renting out for shoot and such, just an idea at this point.

April 2, 2014

I wanted the surface to be flat and look stitch-less. Hence the insane hand-stitching job on the wrong side.

Photo of a winter jacket made from military blanket. - close up, inside finish.Photo of a winter jacket made from military blanket. - close-up, right side.

April 6, 2014

The look of the edges is intentionally “unfinished”, but in fact stitched in to prevent fraying.

Photo of a winter jacket made from military blanket. - detail, hood..

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