While Yoko was producing the beautiful pages in the ‘[amsterdam]’ notebook of our long-distance MUJI notebook collab (featured in this post a couple of weeks ago) I was enjoying working in the other / ‘[tokyo]’ notebook. Yoko had previously provided this trigger for my next entry…

mujinotebook (tokyo)

… and I leapt at the opportunity to raid my stash of postage stamps amassed over the decades – soaked off correspondence received from distant friends and family, flea-market finds etc. While sifting through this trove I restricted my selection to stamps with animal or vegetable themes and collaged them onto the notebook’s left page.

mujinotebook (tokyo) - work in progress

notebook [tokyo] – work in progress

postage stamps

Then I chose eight of my favourites (chosen for their excellent animal subjects and not, in the case of some, for the pernicious colonial legacies they represent) to use as the basis for a series of black and white ink drawing exercises exploring pattern, texture, positive/negative space… and fun!

bull-headed shrike - based on a 1998 postage stamp from japan

bull-headed shrike (japan, 1998)

7th century celtic dog - based on a 1971 postage stamp from Ireland

7th century celtic dog (ireland, 1971)

sloane's viper fish - based on a 1961 postage stamp from the congo

sloane’s viper fish (congo, 1961)

chameleon - based on a 1967 postage stamp from ghana

chameleon (ghana, 1967)

sun squirrel - based on a 1984 postage stamp from malawi

gologolo / sun squirrel (malawi, 1984)

To give my failing eyesight a fighting chance I made the drawings at a larger scale than they would finally (re)appear in the notebook… then scanned, scaled down, printed and ‘stitched’ them back into the notebook using bright embroidery thread.

mujinotebook (tokyo) - work in progress

notebook [tokyo] – work in progress

mujinotebook (tokyo) - work in progress

notebook [tokyo] – work in progress

mujinotebook (tokyo)

notebook [tokyo] – work in progress

mujinotebook (tokyo)

notebook [tokyo] – double page spread  |  back side of stitching

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notebook [amsterdam] denotes the notebook that started its life in Amsterdam, and notebook [tokyo] denotes the notebook that started its life in Tokyo.

The preceding Amsterdam/Tokyo project posts can be found here:
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6 – part I)

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gira stretches
… or ‘who ate all the pies?’

Hello! Way back, through the mists of time, at the beginning of March 2016 I received an exciting package from my friend Yoko.

mujinotebook (amsterdam)

i’ve got mail – yay!

It was the next instalment in our MUJI notebook exchange. Opening a newly received notebook is always like opening a mystery door, or dimension hopping. Turning the pages of this notebook with excitement, I discovered a snowy white owl passing over the psychedelic mushroom territories of the mourillos

mujinotebook (amsterdam)

… and into the cool, mossy half-light of an enchanted forest.

mujinotebook (amsterdam) - artwork by yoko hayashi

mujinotebook (amsterdam) - artwork by yoko hayashi

notebook [amsterdam] – double page spread

As always Yoko has woven a tale, cast a spell. The forest is an enigma, full of signs… and portals to other worlds.

mujinotebook (amsterdam) - artwork by yoko hayashi

mujinotebook (amsterdam) - artwork by yoko hayashi

mujinotebook (amsterdam) - artwork by yoko hayashi

I’ve been getting lost in the woods… and I love it!

mujinotebook (amsterdam) - artwork by yoko hayashi

notebook [amsterdam] – artwork by yoko hayashi

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notebook [amsterdam] denotes the notebook that started its life in Amsterdam, and notebook [tokyo] denotes the notebook that started its life in Tokyo.

The preceding five Amsterdam/Tokyo project posts can be found here:
(1) (2) (3) (4) (5)

all artwork (c) yoko hayashi

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angelic gira, wise graf

… but definitely worth a try

houseplants enjoying the winter sunshine | yellow lichen, green moss in the zuid-kennermerland dunes | hanging globe lights @ tolhuistuin, amsterdam noord | art deco fabric lampshade @ tuschinski theatre, amsterdam | drawing work-in-progress | warm 'n cosy @ home | handpainted owl kite (detail), made by leendert masselink | two sunrise views from my studio windows | king midas sound performing @ paradiso noord, tolhuistuin | murex pecten (venus comb shell) | blue nail polish (a gift from yoko :) | blue cat | january sky | nitnit and inky, by chares burns | a favourite folded paper lampshade (designed by studio snowpuppe) | brittle, bone-white deadwood in the zuid-kennermerland dunes | drawing work-in-progress (bull headed shrike - stern?) | drawing work-in-progress (sloane's viper fish - aghast?) | gira doing a laudable viper fish impression

houseplants enjoying the winter sunshine  |  yellow lichen, green moss in the zuid-kennemerland dunes  |  hanging globe lights @ tolhuistuin, amsterdam noord  |  art deco fabric lampshade @ tuschinski theatre, amsterdam  |  drawing work-in-progress  |  warm ‘n cosy @ home  |  handpainted owl kite (detail), made by leendert masselink  |  two sunrise views from my studio windows  |  king midas sound performing @ paradiso noord, tolhuistuin  |  murex pecten (venus comb shell)  |  blue nail polish (a gift from yoko :)  |  blue cat  |  january sky  |  nitnit and inky, by the great charles burns  |  a favourite folded-paper lampshade (designed by studio snowpuppe|  brittle, bone-white twigs in the zuid-kennemerland dunes  |  drawing work-in-progress (bull headed shrike – he’s a stern little fella)  |  drawing work-in-progress (sloane’s viper fish – apparently aghast?)  |  gira doing a laudable viper fish impression (‘though he needs to work on the ‘wide-eyed expression of astonishment’)

It was a colourful month…

january colours abridged

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