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sakura kokeshi
12x12, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2016

had a few requests for PRINTS of my most recent commission since posting her last week (she is kinda cute...). she in NOW AVAILABLE in my etsy shop

if you'd like something custom created for your little one, please email me and i will surely do my best to accommodate you.

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2. kokeshi commission!

kokeshi commission
12x12, acrylic on canvas
©the enchanted easel 2016
a few weeks ago i had a commission request for a little kokeshi from the sweetest lady via etsy. obsessed with all things japanese/kawaii since birth, well she didn't have to ask me twice. ;) her response to the finished painting made the rest of my year..."That is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! Thank you so much - I am so excited about it. It is perfect colors, perfect sweet girl. Our grandma was Japanese so it means a lot to us to have something to remind us of her!"


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3. FABRICS - hokkoh japan

Today I am celebrating the ingenuity of Japanese fabrics again with a look at some lovely prints spotted at Hokkoh. This Osaka based fabric company was founded in 1980 and manufactures around 600 designs a year. They exhibit at Premier Vision in both Paris and New York. Design highlights include graphic cacti and lemons, stylised trees and sharp colourful geometrics. You can find Hokkoh fabrics

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4. FABRICS - kiruma

Staying with the Japanese theme these fabrics from Kiruma caught my eye for their Scandi style designs. Kiruma is the work of designer/illustrator Masanori Inui who created the brand for fabric manufacturer Koizumi Tex Life. The designs were inspired by Northern Europe and the name Kiruma was taken from a village in Estonia.

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5. FABRICS - fabrica uka

Today we are looking at Japanese fabrics. Most of you will be familiar with Kokka who have become very well known over the years for their cute zakka style fabrics. But they also have sophisticated designs like these by fabrica uka - a designer from Tokyo who created silkscreen printed linens. Called 'Tayutou' their creator had wanted to collaborate with Kokka from the very beginning so it was

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6. CARDS - cozy tomato for lagom

Talking of Lagom I could not resist posting these striking age cards by Japanese Illustrator Koji Tomoto also known as Cozy Tomato (who we first saw on P&P in 2006). The beautiful illustrations have a lovely retro graphic feel and feature animals from 1 to 9. 

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7. JAPANESE - decole collections

I wanted to showcase some of the cute designs in Japanese company Decole's latest collections. First up are the lovely graphic birds and trees of the Pichicu Pachic mugs and teapots... And these cute mugs are from their Scandinavian Style Mina Sopo collection... And for children's melamine there is the super cute Aurinko range... And also for

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8. XMAS 2015 - decole

And also today from Decole Japan comes a selection of seasonal Christmas designs on mugs, tags, stickers etc.

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and it's a big one! not one, not two, not even three...but FOUR tiny little treasures are the FEATURED PRINTS on this eleventh day of December.
(Akai-red, Midori-green, Aoi-blue and Kiiro-yellow)


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10. KITCHEN - arco japan

Regular readers will know I love to have a mooch around on google Japan and see what designs I can find - usually with a Scandinavian flavour. This week I came across these colourful trays by Anna Berger whom we have featured previously as a member of the Scandinavian Pattern Collection. Anna has designed for several Japanese companies including Kokka Fabrics. The trays were spotted online here

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11. NEW SEASON - mini labo japan

Last week I reported on what was new at Paris based company Mini Labo for Spring Summer 2016. Today I am looking at some of the products they license and design for their Japanese market. At the online store Belle Maison you can see Mini Labo bedding, cushions, curtains, and even fashions. Here are some of my dave picks which include three new key prints : 50's, bouquet and Herbier.

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12. JAPANESE STORE - belle maison

Whislt checking out the latest Mini Labo Japanese range I thought I would have a browse around the Belle Maison website and see what other prints and patterns I could find amongst their interior goods. You can see these and more including designs from Leah Duncan and Pattern Bakery online here at Belle Maison.

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13. Translating Shakespeare

Translation of Shakespeare’s works is almost as old as Shakespeare himself; the first German adaptations date from the early 17th century. And within Shakespeare’s plays, moments of translation create comic relief and heighten the awareness that communication is not a given. Translation also served as a metaphor for physical transformation or transportation.

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14. JAPANESE - kotoritachi

I love it when I stumble across a fun Japanese website and see fresh new designs that haven't been seen in the UK. Like these fun bird designs by Kotoritachi spotted on stationery, fabrics, and tableware. The brand create all their own exclusive and original designs under the criteria that they will all feature birds. You can find everything from owls to budgies in their various prints and

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15. FABRICS - eri shimatsuka

Staying with Kokka we have these fun Scandinavian style fabrics created by Eri Shimatsuka a designer who was born in Japan but is now based in Finland. Eri's studio brand label is called Pikuu Saari, which means 'small island' in Finnish, and the collection named Saaristo is Eri's first range for Kokka. Inspiration comes from various pie fillings (above & below) the island landscape around

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16. plum blossoms and lanterns...

©the enchanted easel 2014
for the final kokeshi on the easel this week.

a peek at little Aoi....:)

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17. lots and lots of BLUE....

i LOVE paint!

laying down a background of brilliant blues and various violets
©the enchanted easel 2014

a little blue eyeshadow never hurt anyone...
©the enchanted easel 2014
finishing up the fourth (and final) kokeshi this week...little Aoi.

aoi kokeshi
©the enchanted easel 2014

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18. the fourth (and final) kokeshi....

Aoi Kokeshi
©the enchanted easel 2014

meet little Aoi, all decked out in brilliant blues! accompanied by some lanterns and plum blossoms, she is the final kokeshi in a series of four.

she is FOR SALE as a PRINT here:

also, all four PRINTS are FOR SALE as a set found here:

four kokeshi series
©the enchanted easel 2014

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19. TEXTILES - yasunobu shimizudani - jubilee

Yasunobu Shimizudani is the Japanese designer behind these beautiful fabrics. Yasunobu graduated from the Tama University of Art in 2004 where since 2012 he also works as a part time lecturer in Textile Design. In 2008 he started his own brand Jubilee, using hand printed fabrics and now creates all kinds of textile products from shoes to cushions. You can buy Yasunobu's Jubilee fabrics on Etsy

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20. kokeshi love

©the enchanted easel 2014
so lovely to have my 4 kokeshis featured on this wonderful new site/blog! thanks to a very sweet woman by the name of katya, who has a website devoted to what else? kokeshis! a woman after my own heart, no doubt. i have been crazy in love with all things japanese since i was a little girl. from sakura trees to the sanrio company (hello kitty) to the samurai (LOVE the movie, the last samurai) to the food....love, love, love...all things kawaii. ok, enough about me....;)

please check out her wonderful site www.kokeshishop.com which includes a link to her blog, displaying all kinds of kokeshi creations from some very talented artists.

{ps and btw, check out her Facebook page as well and give her some Facebook "love"

thanks so much, katya! :)

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21. TABLEWARE - lotta kühlhorn

Lotta Kühlhorn is one of my favourite designers so i was really pleased recently to discover some more great designs she has created for the Japanese market. You may know Lotta from her gorgeous Koloni range of products or from her cards, wrap, book covers etc. but her graphic Scandinavian style designs are also very popular in Japan where she takes lots of commissions through her Japanese

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22. JAPANESE - moomin fabrics

I am loving these official Moomin fabrics spotted on the web this week. The "Moomin Tribute Works" collection have been produced in Japan by Quarter Report. Finnish author Tove Jansson's Moomin characters are very popular in Japan, as they are all over the world. The Fabrics were designed by someone known to Print & Pattern readers already ( we previously featured him here) Masaru Suzuki who

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23. JAPANESE - spia

Talking of things Japanese I also came across a really nice print called 'Twinkle' (above and below) from Osaka based company Spia (Fine Co. ltd). Spia have a selection of colourful patterns which are used on bags, purses, gadget cases, etc. Here are some of the highlights with more online here.

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24. it's definitely been a "good" friday...

here at "the enchanted easel"! :)
akai kokeshi
©the enchanted easel 2014
this beauty from last year...SOLD!!!

this little email came through my inbox this afternoon and i was so humbled that i couldn't help but tear up. this week, i SOLD TWO ORIGINAL paintings...not commissions. seriously, humbled is an understatement. 

wishful companions
©the enchanted easel 2015
was really stunned when this SOLD earlier in the week....as i had NO intention of bidding this princess adieu. knowing she was going somewhere where she would be much loved, well that makes selling her even more bitter sweet.


all in all, it's been a wonderful first week of April....and i am beyond grateful!

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25. illustration friday ~ "small"

aoi kokeshi
a perfect submission for this week's IF theme....tiny little treasures known as kokeshi dolls.

painted a series of four of these beauties last year. three remain FOR SALE. one already SOLD. 

midori kokeshi

kiiro kokeshi

akai kokeshi
proof that good things do indeed come in small packages....;)

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