May 26, 2020

Meet Anne, a Former Chigiri-e Course Student of Ours, Now a Chigiri-e Expert

On February 15, I was at a charming little house/production studio bathing under the Southern California sun. We had been wanting to do this project for a long time.

redfin photo 4

The project concept is to create a video featuring a real customer of ours who is learning and enjoying Chigiri-e. The short video will be able to convey a message to the audience and that they can imagine creating Chigiri-e in their own lives.

anne 1
Anne came all the way from Chicago to help us to implement this project. She was a model student of ours after she found us online in 2017. She always showed a desire to learn new techniques while working constantly to create Chigiri-e motifs. We were so proud to watch her grow into a Chigiri-e expert!

annes home

A shelf dedicated to Anne’s Chigiri-e artwork in her house in Tubac, AZ. (These are still only a few of the many!)

Ys 2We’re rolling!

She spoke in words of her own in front of the cameras.

“A lot of people have asked me what Chigiri-e is and the way I describe it to them is that it is the Japanese art of town paper collage.”

“The thing that differentiates Chigiri-e from regular paper collage has to be the Washi.”

The [Washi] paper was beautiful – from a touch standpoint very interesting. The way it tears… the feathering was really fascinating.”

“I love that it’s very relaxing, it’s very creative and I can make beautiful things to put in my home.”

Watch the completed video here!

Learn More about Chigiri-e Course
Ys 3The professional crew of editorial team, director, camera operators, sound engineers, lighting techs and make-up artist did what they were excellent at - film a great video.

aiport night 2After five hours in the air to cross the country, I arrived home well past midnight. The thermometer showed 28 °F. Missed California already!


Save the date - November 30th. Our biggest sale event of the year is up.

November 24, 2020



All You Need To Know About Washi Paper

November 17, 2020

Washi is a traditional paper having been made in Japan for over 1,500 years. It has been playing a fundamental role in Japanese culture and in people’s lives. Washi also inspires artists and crafters around the world for its unique softness and flexibility. This week, we are going to share the facts and secrets behind the beauty of Washi!


HOLIDAY SALE! DOUBLE THE FUN with TWO CHIGIRI-E KITS! Santa and Reindeer & Snowman

November 13, 2020

Ready for winter? When you are stuck inside because of the weather, cozy up with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy getting creative with these beautiful Chigiri-e motifs!


Chigiri-e Gallery: The World of Japanese Washi Paper Collage Art

November 10, 2020

Chigiri-e is a Japanese paper collage art with techniques that date as far back as the Heian period (794 – 1185). It is an art to create a picture (“e” in Japanese) from Washi paper pieces that are torn by hand (“chigiri”). 


Subscribe to our Newsletter!

Be the first to know for new arrivals and exclusive discounts.