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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).
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.
late night prototyping
ear tuft/eyebrow, work-in-progress
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.
ear tufts folded for transit to tokyo
notebook [amsterdam] denotes the notebook that started its life in Amsterdam, and notebook [tokyo] denotes the notebook that started its life in Tokyo
Hello! Way back, through the mists of time, at the beginning of March 2016 I received an exciting package from my friend Yoko.
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…
… and into the cool, mossy half-light of an enchanted forest.
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.
I’ve been getting lost in the woods… and I love it!
notebook [amsterdam] – artwork by yoko hayashi
notebook [amsterdam] denotes the notebook that started its life in Amsterdam, and notebook [tokyo] denotes the notebook that started its life in Tokyo.
all artwork (c) yoko hayashi
early morning mist floats over the Ardennes hills
From Limburg we headed further south, into the Belgian Ardennes and to higher ground. The woods here, and the hills that stretch as far as the eye can see, are tranquil and beautiful (it’s hard to believe that this region saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the Second World War, but the many monuments & memorials encountered along the way serve as poignant reminders of this fact).
Never a fighter, always a lover, Chibi Totoro was eager to explore the enticing nooks and crannies concealed within these wooded hills…
a perfect nook
ancient moss covered woods
if neighbours aren’t your thing…
tangled and splintered
‘moth-bombing’ in the hills above the town of La Roche-en-Ardenne