…some random pics…
Archive for April, 2013
Found a few great thrifted things recently – a funny storybook doll, this vintage block set and amazing bamboo (ikebana?) vase – found this beauty while researching it online. Here are some photos I took years ago of a couple of very inspiring ikebana books.
Plus – 2 cute pics of Louis doing his thing – “Mom mom! Come and look at the sculpture I’m making!”…
Alright – so these are kind of *funky* for lack of a better word – not yet in The Odd Shop but hopefully soon. Made with self-hardening clay and then painted with bright orange stripes (brighter than it looks in the pictures). Might have to get thinner candles that fit better in the brass holder – these are a bit wide although I like the proportions. Hope I am not totally crazy to take such projects so seriously. I am not really kidding. If I saw this in a store I would think it was rad!! But maybe it is just me?! Still a little unsure about the stripes – better with or without? Oh well. DONE and DONE.
Also a new scarf soon – I know I keep saying that but it’s true, I just keep getting derailed with regular life stuff and this bigger project I am working on…hopefully more about that later…
PS. I always put in lots of photos of these sorts of things because I take to many and then get totally overwhelmed with deciding which are the best so they all go in. Just if you were wondering… 😉
What would you say are the advantages of working in such a close collaboration with a partner?
We don’t know it any other way, our life and work is one. We are happy with the way it is and think ourselves very fortunate to have our life run its course in this way. We have two beautiful children who are just about to fly from the nest – our son Naoki, 18, and out daughter Tomomi, 15 – who both have grown in unison with our creative lives. We had Naoki two years after establishing our business, and Wakako only took two weeks off from work on both occasions to have kids. They grew up in the studio and travelled the world on our hips in the early days, coming to all the meetings. It was just the way we were and people seemed to accept it.
This is exactly what I am talking about (see last post) – from almost a year ago. Brooklyn memories. Tiny Louis, tinier Ruby. 😦 🙂 Happy Sad. This is why people have kids. Right??
Fancy backpack (inside: two tin robots, smelly markers, a notebook, skipping rope), orange jeans (thanks Nana), striped socks, Buster Brown sandals (found 2nd hand), a old man’s style shirt from Cuba (thanks Uncle Stace and Grandpa), a mint green cardigan with a hamburger patch, a navy blue spring jacket with yellow hood and elbow patches (Uncle Justin’s from when he was a kid), his Hudson’s Bay striped toque (thanks again U. Stacy), and mittens knitted by Mom.
Louis calls this “our” song – as in his and his Dad. They like the robot voice.