Stencil progress; Japanese textile treasures

I'm about mid-way through carving my new rabbit-with-moon-and-greens stencil. Must take breaks to stretch the shoulders. I enjoy the challenge of designing repeats, but my next several designs will be simpler, non-repeating motifs. (I wreally wrestled w/this wrabbit!)

 stencil in process

stencil in process

Last Friday I visited a yard sale given by local moku hanga (Japanese woodblock) printmaker Jean Shannon and potter Lee Love. Lee and Jean spent 10 years in Mashiko Japan studying and working. The yard sale was overflowing with textiles and other items from their time in Japan. I bought a couple of lovely vintage treasures -- a silk kanoko shibori kimono and a linen katazome runner, indigo dyed.

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 vintage linen katazome runner

vintage linen katazome runner

I also stopped by Jean and Lee's exhibit at Raymond Gallery in St. Paul. Jean's prints depict Japanese toys, symbols, and scenery in bright colors. The colorful prints and earthy wood and soda-ash fired pots worked very well together! You will be able to see some photos of the show here. I look forward to seeing more of both of their work when we all participate in the Art at St. Kate's show on July 11th!