Friday, 1 April 2016

Chiyogami inspirations

Shortly after coming back to the UK after my year teaching English in Japan, I designed several needlepoint patterns inspired by various Japanese designs, including this chair, which was based on a very small monochrome illustration from 'The World of Chiyogami', a book I borrowed from Yuza-machi's public library.  I never managed to find a copy of the book at the time and, when I first looked for it online, it was really expensive.  A few weeks ago, I decided to have another look on Amazon and found it.  The book arrived today and is just as good as I remembered it. There's still one copy at a reasonable price on Amazon!

The chair came from my mum's family home and would have belonged to my great grandparents.  It is c.1900.

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