My Newest book will be released at the end of this month (April 2009). This book is coming with full colour illustrations for wildflowers grown in Japan. I have done all of the illustrations and texts and it took almost for 4 years since the project started until it will be out!
these days , it is getting really spring here. In taking a walk around my home, I found various wildflowers blooming and I remind of the same season in last year, I went out to get them for sketching.
Above right is the cover of the book ‘Nonohana Ehon’(means Picture book for Wildflowers’), and the left is the one of my sketchings for this book.( I’ve used the technique to make the paper look old )
A few days ago, I have just completed the last art work for the calendar 2008, for which I’ve been concentrated these 2 months.I am showing one of the works above.
This calendar would be published in this autumn to be sold in various stores including major bookshops all over Japan. Linnet also would carry it, off course.
By the way, recently we have increased numbers of customers from outside Japan. one of them was Mari from Los Angels. She was so friendly and I was so happy to meet her. She likes sewing and knitting very much.when I saw her, She had a bag she made herself, and it was so nicely designed that I thought she must be a product designer. it was my great happiness that she liked our original linen ‘classique porcelain blue’, click here to Mari’s blog.
Rachel lives in Melbourne, Australia, and I feel like being a friend with her, even though I’ve not yet see her directly, because I talked so much with her by email about a lot which both we like, such as linen and cat!
I am attaching the photo of beautiful cussions of Rachel’s design( thank you Rachel!).Her brand is ‘Coussinages’, and she is now preparing to release items made with linens from LINNET !
I am now working for the new picture book project for children about ‘wild flowers’ which is scheduled to be published in spring 2007 in Japan. In this book, some characters are featured such as ‘ the botanist, Dr Goat’ and twin bunnies to give the knowledges and stories about plants to kids readers. I like animals to draw not only plants, so I’m enjoying working on this project now.
Actually I came across ‘wild flowers’ ,as the context ,in Britain when I had been staying in the school called ‘Winkfield Place ‘ located in countryside near Windsor when I was 25-26 years old . Before then, in my childhood, I have been playing with some wildflowers we could find closely, and that was all of my experience with wild flowers.
In fact, I don’t like insects so much, particulary dislike caterpillers. At Winkfield Place, I could find a lot of wild flowers walking around huge garden, meadows, hedges and even in forests around the school, without seeing any single caterpiller , even in the highest season during sprint to summer.
It is very nice situation for me rather than in Japan, where we have more hot and humid climate, and is the rich environment also for insects. Only having the first step into the hiking road in nearest, commonest small hill nearby, you must find a lot of huge, fat pale green or furry moss catarpiller on the road, or on any stalks of the plants standby.
So, the beautiful countryside in Britain was ideal location for me to find the wild flowers.
I also had purchased some books about wild flowers in Britain. For me, the first knowledge for wild plants was not in Japanese but in English including the names of the wild plants.
Even now, I love to read and look of those English books for wild plants in bed at night. I can remind of those happiest younger days in my life in which I had been thinking about wild flowers and the other beautiful things all day long without disturbing by any social matters.
My most favourite one is always ‘Wild Flower Gardening’ by Dorling and Kidersley. I’ve read this book plenty of times and my copy has a lot of handwritten notes i made myself in it.
But last week, I’ve read a small handbook for Wild plants in Britain, which I left in my bookshelf for a long years and at first time found a small lovely wild plants of Linum family, which is called ‘Fairy’s Flax’. This plant has a slender stalk like flax for linen, but tiny, seems to be the same size as chickweeds and so, and also has tiny little white flowers in flax shape. What’ s a lovely name! I’d like to look for it when I’ll have a chance to visit countryside in Britain, hopefully next year.
As I haven’t seen Fairy’s Flax, instead I put at the top, my photo for ‘Campion’ which I took in countryside of north France.
This seems to me a common wild flower in Britain and Europe, but is cultivated in Japan also, and some florists have this flower occasionally. This campion was blooming gently amongst sticky leaves of wild thistle.
In hearing ‘ campion’, I also remind of the name of famous movie director ‘Jane Campion’ who directed a beautiful movie ‘The Piano’. ‘Campion’ is her family name, it’s a beautiful and poetic name also , isn’t it?