Japanese Edo Period Poppies paper flowers

Japanese Edo Period Poppies paper flowers

Sarah Yakawonis, 1985 –


Paper Flowers 

Poppies, from an untitled series known as Large Flowers

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)


Woodblock print

One of my favorite places in New England is the Museum of Fine Art in Boston. They have an amazing collection of Asian art that hold over 100,000 objects and a collection of Japanese art that can only be beaten by going to Japan. I love visiting this collection, touring these galleries is like visiting another land and time. Among their collection is over 16,000 works by artist  Katsushika Hokusai, most known for his painting Under a Wave Off Kanagawa or The Great Wave. He painted during the Edo period (1603 – 1868)  in Japanese art history, and his work found its way to Europe and beyond and was a major influence in reshaping the way impressionist saw the world. I think his work continues to influence the world of art. 

If you are just starting to make paper flowers you might not notice how different the paper I use in my kits are. Traditionally paper flowers are made out of crepe paper or tissue paper. While these papers do make amazing flowers I have never been satisfied with how flat the colors seem. When tackling such a masterpiece a single color would have never worked. It needs those colors, the petals and leaves need those line details, the stamen needs that gradient. The paper in this kit allows all of those details so that they not only make a lovely flower but evokes the work of Katsushika Hokusai.

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