Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Kusudama

I wasn't planning to make any miniature books yesterday. I have a very big trip coming up in only three and a half weeks and I'm trying to get classes planned and samples made so that I'm very organised before I go away. (That is how it is happening in my head anyway.)  The afternoon was set aside for making some bigger books as samples for a book making class I have starting in April... but then I got side tracked.


In one of my reference books there were instructions for making Kusudama flowers and I just happened to wonder if I could make a tiny little folded flower... out of 4cm squares of paper... and I discovered I can!


And then into my inbox pinged an email from a very old friend (as in I've known her a very long time not that she's very old!) asking could I possibly make her a Japanese themed book. Not wanting to make a third one that was similar to the first two, I thought I could use the kusudama flower...


Along with some pretty Japanese origami paper...


And before I knew it that was the afternoon gone.


Another little Japanese stab bound book for a special friend.


No more books today though as I'm off to London on the train... I just had to see the David Hockney exhibition again. When I left the exhibition last week I couldn't bear to think I wouldn't see those glorious paintings another time and so went on line and bought another ticket for today. I guess that planning and preparation that is going on in my head won't be happening today either!

11 comments:

  1. Another beautiful little book. I'm sure your friend will love it. Enjoy the exhibition.

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  2. Those tiny flowers are exquisite and the Japanese papers/fabrics are too. Another tiny triumph! Enjoy your day - your planning can go ahead tomorrow.

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  3. At least your distractions are more creative than mine. I got distracted by maggots in my food cupboard, so all plastic bags and boxes have had to be whipped out, inspected and offending things discarded. All those that look fine are in jars under quarantine. I think I would rather have been distracted by doing some art work. Oh well back to my writing up of my thesis now.

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  4. I love the little flower, I must get the Girl to make some, she's quite good at origami! And I really really want to see the David Hockney exhib, but tickets are few and far between now - I'm going to have to take pot luck and queue!

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  5. Oh they are beautiful - enjoy your day at the exhibition. Look forward to some photos.

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  6. The tiny flowers are beautiful. x

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  7. Love the little flowers. I would have loved to have seen the David Hockney exhibition, but time hasn't allowed. I really enjoyed the Culture Show programme about him this week.
    One of your corsages is in the downstairs display cabinet at Smith's Row - looks lovely with all other items in the same reddy pink. :-)

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  8. You are so lucky to be able to go and see such exhbitions, here we can only dream. I have tried making these lovely flowers, couldnt get my head around it!

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  9. As usual your mini books are beautiful. Glad you liked the Hockney paintings. I went not sure l really wanted to as l am not a big fan of his BUT l was over whelmed and have to admit it is an amazing show, So glad l live in London.x lynda
    ps. I live in Putney..where are you?x

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  10. Gina, this latest book is a treasure. The mixture of patterns and the addition of the flower show a wonderful Japanese appreciation.

    Lucky you to see the Hockney show twice!

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  11. Your creativity knows no bounds, that is an exquisite little thing.

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