Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Saturday Inspiration #4 (on Wednesday*)

Sometimes, when I am in a museum or gallery, I get this feeling that it isn't enough to simply look at the the painting, or the sculpture, or the piece of ancient pottery. I want to talk to the person who made the artwork, or watch them drawing, or simply pick the thing up and examine it from every angle, myself, with my own hands.

That's kind of how I feel when I look at these pictures I took just now. Seeing them here, flat and two-dimensionally captured by my less-than-amazing photography, you have no idea how gorgeous these Japanese papers are. A friend gave them to me in a little bundle for my birthday, and they are individual works of art -- the kind of art you want to pick up and interact with, to feel the texture of the paper, to look at the seeping of the inks through the fibres, to hold up to the light. These papers are -- terrifyingly -- almost too pretty to use.

I wish there was some way I could wear them instead.

*I make the rules, I can break the rules... I guess?

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Samantha -- I am exactly the same! I strongly believe that smaller parties are the nicest kind.

Katie -- squeeing is not only welcome, but outright encouraged around here. My blog is a safe place for squee.

Mitanika -- yeah, for some reason, clean-up-the-house parties are the loneliest kind ;).


  1. Ooooh these are so beautiful. Don't you sometimes just wish they were patchwork fabric!

  2. Such beautiful, bright designs - it's impossible not to be inspired by them! I understand you completely when you say you want to know more, to go beyond just what you can see. I also agree about the paper almost being too pretty to use. It possibly deserves to be framed and hung up, so it can inspire you from the walls.

  3. Those papers are beyond amazement! I love the styles and wouldn't it be grand if they had them in fabric too?

    Glad you agree about smaller parties :)

  4. Wow! I thought they were pieces of fabric at first but to learn that they are pieces of paper...that's extraordinary. I understand your desires to dive in and to experience rather than just observe.

  5. I think I am a total nerd when it comes to this, but I ADORE paper. These are gorgeous! Maybe you can use them for making picture frames or a Very Special Photo display or covering a journal?


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