One year ago Maternal Mitochondria was drying our suminagashi by kerosene in a Japanese winter…
Working with delicate calligraphy paper and traditional ink because that’s what I can find easily at the dollar store! Of course, here it’s called the 100 yen store.
I love doing sumi here. In the states, most people have no idea what suminagashi is, and if they do it’s usually along the lines of “Oh sure, my kid did that one day in kindergarten.” While I love that suminagashi is such an easy and accessible art form, it’s a little like telling a painter that your kid enjoys finger painting… 🙄 Here, everyone actually knows what it is! And they’re at least polite enough to comment on the difficulty involved 😂
We just got back from an emotional 3 day trip to Hiroshima. Here are a few photographs of the children’s memorial, where people from all over the world send chains of folded peace cranes. For more pictures of our trip, follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/babayagahouse/