Jess Hutch.

Monday, March 07, 2005


I'm lucky to live in a city with a great Japantown. I could spend hours in the bookstore there, looking through the craft books (I have to look at every single one, since I can't tell what they're about by looking at the spine). Recently, though, I've noticed that I can't find quite so many of the books I'm looking for... I wonder if the secret's out? So now I'm looking for them on ebay, which sort of seems like cheating. But I need my fix.

Japanese craft books are incredible. I especially love that crafty folks there have really revived the 50s/60s stuffed animal look. Lookit (the book, published by Ondori, came with patterns for all these figures):

And here is a lovely and strange tableau of dolls from the same book. My dad was in the Navy and when I was a kid it seemed like every sailor brought back dolls sort of like these for his wife or daughters. The dolls often had large bouffants and huge hoop skirts. I never had one... weep for me...



At 12:54 PM , Blogger Rain said...

I totally had one of those dolls as a kid. Not as cool as that one (no animal ears on mine) but I remember I had it in the window for like, a day, and it totally faded from hot pink to a sad dirty pink. I don't know what kind of freaky dye they used for that doll, but I think if I had left it in the window for one more day, it would have turned to dust.

At 3:12 PM , Blogger JessRedRose said...

At least you had one, Rain. At least you had one (sob).

It's hard for me to tell (I can't read Japanese) but I think an artist takes the dolls and puts them in strange tableaux. Hence the deer ears.


Post a Comment

<< Home