Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sock and Chalk!

I just adore talking to multi-talented artists. I know that some think "Jack of all trades but expert at nothing," but some of the amazing people on the HandmadeArtistsForum will prove this statement wrong! They are amazing artists in so many mediums that you wonder if they are twins (triplets, quads?).One such artist is Kazumi, a Japan based artist that is definitely one of those multi-talented types. She makes these amazing chalk drawings! Now I love to paint and doodle, but I've never tried chalk other than when I was a kid on the chalk board, and certainly never managed to come up with anything like these.


Kazuimi introduced us on the forum to these incredible wedding welcome boards that apparently are common in Japan. I know that many banquet halls put up a board outside the reception to direct guests to the right room, but I've never seen any like this. Kazumi's boards are so much more rich and personal looking...Calling all brides! You can have a wedding welcome board that has some personality to it!

Not into chalk? Ok, how about fabric? Kazumi has access to these darling fabrics which she turns into really cute little clutches, coin purses and bags. These are so much cuter than the ones you find in the store, and because they are bright, I might even be able to find it in the bottom of my black hole of a purse!


Now, everyone remembers Sock Monkeys, right? They were great to cuddle and I love the way they "flop." Kazumi has a twist on her monkeys...how about Amigurumi? Don't know what that is? Well, it is a way of crocheting in which you don't go back and forth but crochet round and round. I've tried it and it is fun...though I never came up with anything as cute as this. Calling all brides (again!) rather than a traditional cake top, how about a pair of wedding sock monkeys?

Want to know more...Kazumi has got some serious web presence. Here are some of the many places to check out...Her Etsy shop for chalk drawings, Etsy for all things sock monkey and fabric related, Socky's World (yes, the monkeys have their very own site!), Cafe Press, and Zazzle shop. Still want more, well you can read up on all the doings of this new friend on her blog (yes, some of it is in Japanese, but that really just adds to the fun!), and flickr site.

8 comments:

iKnitQuiltSew said...

Love the title you chose for this great article!

trusk4u said...

She sure does have some serious web presence! She needs to with all that talent! Great article too-love the title!

Brenda's Wearable Art said...

Great feature Kimberly. She is very talented and such a great variety of items to choose from.

Larissa said...

She's absolutely amazing! I need to take lessons from her in making myself known.

DreamBubbles said...

Kim thanks for defining amagarumi, I hadn't ever looked it up and knew it was a style of crochet but not what the specifics of it were. Very cool. Lovely feature :)

Haffina said...

Great post about a wonderful multi talented artisan.

DreamAgainJewelry said...

Love the wedding sock monkeys. They are my favorite. Great post!

Handmade Artists' Forum said...

Monkeys!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HAF