If On A Winter’s Night

• Naoko Matsubara’s Snow Tree is a woodblock print that conveys the movement of leaves and branches in a snow flurry. Her series of Tree prints depicts how willows and pines move during the changing seasons.

• Steve’s Matcha Bowl has an uneven surface and subtle black and pale blue glaze that resembles snow illuminated by moonlight.

• Rigel’s Japanese Turnips is a block print based on fresh turnips picked from Chino Farm in San Diego, known for attracting famous chefs like Alice Waters. Check out Rigel’s other prints depicting Asian vegetables.

• Alfred’s North 40 is an original print made in the traditional Japanese woodblock style on sekishu paper. An intricate network of branches extends from a trunk that still bears the circular marks of the baren, a tool used for rubbing the paper to pick up ink.

• Jodie’s Cushion has a decadent floral print in black and ivory.

• Jenia’s Wrap Top is a modern take on the kimono with a high collar, black-and-white net pattern, and leather pin. You can even adjust it to create several different styles.

• Josh’s Winter Tree captures a Japanese maple’s long, tentacle-like branches dusted with snow.


• Naoko Matsubara’s woodcut depicting the Daigo-ji Pagoda in Kyoto deconstructs the precise geometry of the sacred structure. She pieces together different angles into uneven layers that appear to move slightly. The print only slightly resembles the real pagoda, and yet it represents our first impressions of such complex architecture, as our eyes move from detail to detail in an attempt to take it all in.

• The Kenzo Spring Summer 2011 Collection loosens the structural formality of the kimono while incorporating prints inspired by Japanese woodcuts.

• Steven’s Utensil Holder has a deep red rim and cream glaze spilling over its tenmoku surface.

• Karen’s Quilt is an asymmetric composition of stripes and meandering gardens, finished with raw edges.

• These Windchimes by Indigo Objects suspend hand-carved cinnabar disks from strings layered with pearl shells, wood beads, and red bells.

• Christél’s Tuxedo Mini Dress has a bold red-and-white print on a relaxed silhouette.

• Alice’s Bracelet stacks wooden beads, turquoise chips, shells, and leather for a burst of color and texture.

• Suzanne’s Pillows are covered with a Chinoiserie pattern on cream-colored linen.