Utsuwa: Japanese objects for everyday use
A piece must be practical enough to be used every day. It must be crafted at its place of origin, using traditional techniques and materials. And it must be handmade.
It gives me much joy to announce that together with my sister Tiffany Johnson we have created a book called 'Utsuwa - Japanese objects for everyday use'. Utsuwa is a love letter to the makers and sellers, and to all those who share the Japanese reverence for tradition and beauty.
Japanese craft has long been revered for its quality and beauty, and skilled craftwork remains an important part of Japanese life. 'Utsuwa', meaning 'for everyday use', embodies the ethos of handmaking in Japan, where handcrafted wares must be as practical as they are beautiful.
This book takes us behind the scenes into the private studios of some of Japan's most exciting artisans to reveal stories of material, method, place and culture. It guides us through quiet galleries and colourful marketplaces, where the provenance of a piece is central to its story.
What's On at Paper Boat Press
The Crescent Room
Nestled between paper boat press gallery & studio, you will find the crescent room. A space for workshops, gatherings, training days & hire. For community and the handmade.