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This is Part II of the most recent instalment from the long-distance sketchbook/notebook collaboration I’ve been working on with my friend Yoko. For Part I click here.

If you’ve been following the progress of this collaboration you may remember the mysterious, magical forest scene from Yoko’s previous entry (partly pictured below, or you can click here to see it in more detail).

muji notebook (amsterdam) - artwork by yoko hayashi

notebook (amsterdam) – detail (artwork by yoko hayashi)

I was so enchanted by this mystical forest I wanted to create a protector for it, a guardian spirit if you will. She appeared in the guise of a tenacious, green-eyed owl.

muji notebook (amsterdam) - work in progress

late night prototyping

muji notebook (amsterdam) - work in progress

ear tuft/eyebrow, work-in-progress

muji notebook (amsterdam) - completed double page spread

notebook (amsterdam) – completed double page spread

She looks rather flinty, but she’s really quite friendly. That’s just the outward manifestation of her resolute determination to protect all those that call the forest home from all those that would cut down, kill, consume & catalogue.

muji notebook (amsterdam) - glow-in-the-dark eyes!

Of course no guardian spirit would be complete without glow-in-the-dark eyes! (My penchant for GID paint, and in fact anything that glows in the dark, does not seem to be abating.)

muji notebook (amsterdam) - eye see you

ear tufts folded for transit to tokyo

mujinotebook collaboration - post packagaing

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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) | (6 – part II) | (7 – part I)

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At last, I’m back with new instalments from the long-distance sketchbook/notebook collaboration I’ve been working on with my friend Yoko Hayashi.

It’s always a thrilling day here when a MUJI notebook sized package, postmarked Tokyo, lands in my letterbox!

mujinotebook collaboration - post packagaing

In my previous entry (which you can see here) I’d left Yoko with a rather awkward, untidy-back-of-embroidery page to work with…

muji notebook (tokyo) - back-of-embroidery

I was intrigued to see what she’d done with this page. I knew it would be beautiful and inventive, but I wasn’t prepared for just how beautiful – there was actual gasping when I turned the page to reveal Yoko’s most recent entry…

mujinotebook (tokyo) - artwork by yoko hayashi

notebook [tokyo] – detail (artwork by yoko hayashi)

This fine lace-like filigree evokes a constellation of delicate celestial bodies or magical snow crystals.

Although they are painted they have an enticing three-dimensional quality – like real openwork – that makes one want to reach out and touch them.

muji notebook (tokyo) - artwork by yoko hayashi

notebook [tokyo] – double page spread (artwork by yoko hayashi)

The village beneath this constellation (itself, it would seem, born of fallen stars/snow crystals) exudes a peaceful otherworldly calm, and that deep stillness that almost always accompanies abundant snowfall.

muji notebook (tokyo) - artwork by yoko hayashi

notebook [tokyo] – detail (artwork by yoko hayashi)

Soft, substantial snow came to Haarlem a few days after the notebook arrived. Coincidence or enchantment? I favour the latter…

muji notebook (tokyo) - artwork by yoko hayashi

notebook [tokyo] – all artwork by yoko hayashi

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

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

All artwork in this post is copyright yoko hayashi

yoko hayashi "mystic elements IV" exhibition, tokyo

If you’re in Tokyo this October… firstly, lucky you! And secondly, don’t miss my friend Yoko’s solo exhibition “mystic elements IV” at Ginza K.Itoya from 1 to 31 October 2015. You can find more information and opening times here, on Yoko’s blog.

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Yoko Hayashi “mystic elements IV”
1 – 31 October 2015
Ginza K.Itoya
2-7-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
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yoko hayashi "mystic elements IV" exhibition, tokyo

[all images copyright yoko hayashi]

rotterdam geometries

soaring  |  ponderous

rotterdam geometries

propped  |  aslant

rotterdam geometries

highly strung

rotterdam geometries

perched

rotterdam geometries

mellowed

rotterdam geometries

guided

rotterdam geometries

ingenious  |  hypnotic

rotterdam geometries

sheathed  |  rationalised

rotterdam geometries

dwarfed

rotterdam geometries

dappled  |  faceted

Pieter Bruegel (I), The Tower of Babel, c.1565

… and that first ever ‘wolkenkrabber’*
pieter bruegel (I)’s “the tower of babel” c.1565
as seen at rotterdam’s magnificent boijmans van beuningen museum

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the buildings and structures pictured
(in order of first appearance, and if known) are as follows:

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* wolkenkrabber – excellent dutch word for skyscraper, literally ‘cloud(s) scraper’ – beautifully visualised in bruegel’s 16th century tower of babel painting

 

jellyfish drawing, work-in-progress

jellyfish drawing, work-in-progress

Here are some more jellyfish work-in-progress pics. I’m gradually working towards making a new silkscreen print in this ongoing ‘animal diorama’ series and, with this future print in mind, have been experimenting with tentacle layering, stippled shading and possible patterning for my jellies…

jellyfish drawing, work-in-progress

tentacles… some of my favourite things to draw!

jellyfish drawing, work-in-progress

stippling… also a favourite pastime (it’s very relaxing)

jellyfish drawing, work-in-progress

don’t touch the wet ink!
oops… too late

jellyfish drawing, work-in-progress

… more stippling (very relaxed now :-)

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#nijntje #miffy #rabbit #iconic #drawing #dickbruna #rip Here’s another detail from the latest instalment of the long-distance sketchbook/notebook collaboration I’m working on with @yokocelt. This is part of my contribution to the second notebook, in response to Yoko’s previous entry. Some work-in-progress pics and the full final image can be viewed on my blog. Check it out here:  https://sakurasnow.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/amsterdamtokyo-7-part-ii/
#mujinotebook #collaboration #owl #greeneyes #eye #stare #guardian_spirit #protector #pattern #watercolour #drawing #stylised #feathers This is a tiny detail from the latest instalment of the long-distance sketchbook/notebook collaboration I’m working on with @yokocelt. The gorgeous, filigree pattern in this image (bottom left) is Yoko’s ‘intervention’ with my previous entry in the notebook (which featured a bunch of ‘reinterpretations’ of old stamp designs stitched into the page – this Celtic Dog is based on a 1971 stamp from Ireland). I’ve put together more pictures of Yoko’s most recent entry in a blogpost – it’s beautiful, magical work and I highly encourage you to check it out: https://sakurasnow.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/amsterdamtokyo-7-part-i/ 
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