Mattie and I selected our favorite drawings from the tall drawing book we’ve made for our exhibition at Straat Galerie last year, scanned them, and put them together into a zine.

More info at Éditions Peinture.

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AMATEURS 14 OCT. 2016
Edited by Éditions Peinture

14.8 x 21 cm
96 pages
www.editionspeinture.com/product/amateurs-14-oct-2016-amateurs

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Leaves from Kyoto, Japan.

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After our Korea trip, Mattie and I flew over to Tokyo. Looking back, we did and saw quite a bit without feeling rushed despite the fact that we were there for only six days. It was our very first visit to Japan, and everything was foreign and fascinating. I really mean ‘everything.’

As soon as we dropped off our luggages, I wanted to find a ramen restaurant which you order from a vending machine. I heard about this from a friend who lived in Japan for a short period. Turns out, this was the norm in Japan- you select from a vending machine, put in some money, grab the ticket, hand it to the person who is the cook and also the server, and be surprised by what he cooks up for you since you absolutely have no idea what you’ve selected at the vending machine. We were never disappointed ; )


Jimbocho, used-bookstore district

Out of thousands of fascinating things, i loved all the sampuru‘s displayed in front of every restaurants. The flying forks were the best of them all. If you have time, watch how they make sampuru, also amazing.


Sampuru


Tonkatsu, real food, ordered from a vending machine

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From Tokyo, we took a train to Kyoto. Never ever been on a train as comfortable, clean and spacious as this one. Also this is when I fell in love with a bento.

Also never been to a city this clean, sober and honest.


Fushimi Inari Taisha

While in Kyoto, we visited a few temples and shrines. We walked through thousands of bright orange gates at Fushimi Inari shrine to the top of the mountain. I mimicked the locals and clapped, bowed, prayed and rang bells in front of most of the shrines I passed. I think Mattie was more mesmerized by the craziness of Tokyo, while I liked the calm and slightly melancholy undertone of Kyoto and its temples.

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A view from Kiyomizu-dera

We missed the autumn leaf color in Korea because we arrive a week or two too late, and all the leaves have fallen off already. It is a beautiful site I remember seeing in Korea, and I wished Mattie would have seen it. But when we arrived in Japan which was significantly warmer than Korea, the leaves were in their brightest shades of oranges and yellows. The view from Kiyomizu-dera temple was especially special.

We sat at the top left window of this homey restaurant. Looking at this picture now, I wonder how we have looked from outside, sitting here, eating various small Japanese plates curiously.


Owakudani, volcanic valley in Hakone

From Kyoto, we stopped in Hakone before returning to Tokyo. A great thing about doing the least research as possible (even though it is difficult at times) before arriving somewhere is that everything you come across is unexpected and surprising, and this makes every findings ten folds more extraordinary. This view of massive smoke fuming out of sulphur vents was one of those moments. We then followed the other tourists and bought some black eggs, Kuro-tamago. The story goes, eating one egg will add seven years to your life, eating two will add 14. We also enjoyed a perfect view of Mount Fuji before we took a boat ride across a lake. After the boat ride, we ate our longevity black eggs. Mattie ate one. I ate three.

We started our Japan trip with ramen ordered from a vending machine, and we ended with the same. On our last evening in Tokyo, we came across this ramen bar by accident, which can feed maybe ten people at a time. I believe it was the best ramen house in the neighborhood by the length of the queue outside, and indeed the ramen was out of this world. Another great thing about not doing too much research about where to go nor where to eat while traveling is that things feel more like serendipity.

Then we were back in Paris. It has already been more than half a year since we got back. How time flies, how I miss being in a foreign place.

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Matti

It seems like it became a sort of a tradition to paint on wall after annual Fanzine Festival in Paris. Usually many friends out of Paris come to visit and have a stand at the festival, but only Frida made it this year and helped out at Éditions Peinture‘s stand. And the day after the festival, guess what, we went to a wall.


Gsulf


Sebastien


Frida


Obisk

Afterwards, Frida, Gsulf and I walked back home along the Seine while the sun was setting.


Frida trying to catch the sun and failing.


And a bit of rock climbing adventures on the way.

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How long have I been gone. Embarrassingly too long. And longer I kept this place quiet, more difficult it was to come back. I wondered if I should start posting from old stories and try to catch up to most current? Or start from most recent story and move backwards? Well, I should stop thinking and let you know first where I am now, and the rest will follow in random order : )

I’m printing on tea towels right now. It’s something I wanted to do for quite some time. Quite some years to be honest. My first attempt to make tea towels was a tea towel painting series I’ve done a few years back. Those tea towels were closer to paintings as each piece was a unique piece. Afterwards, I wanted to make a series that is closer to being a simply tea towel, a product. Fast forward to now, I’m stamping on linen tea towels with fabric dye. More precisely, I made giant stamps and Mattie made a press surface with wood pieces for me and I stamp with my feet.

Dye is a very difficult medium for me. The color I see when mixed into liquid is different from when it is soaked into the fabric. Then there is  always another surprise when the fabric is washed, and usually an unpleasant one. It requires lots of tests, patient and time. I struggled with all three of them.

Two weeks into printing, testing, cursing and 75 failed tea towels later, I manage to make nine satisfying tea towels. These nine are not perfect in any ways, but I told myself while looking at those nine tea towels that if I can’t enjoy these ‘unpleasant’ surprises, I should not continue the project. So I decided, and here I am, continuing the project.

To add to a big mess I am already making in the house, Mattie started printing his zine using the same technique but on paper (if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you would know that our small flat is our home and our studio). First few days, we had no floor space as it was covered with Mattie’s prints.

After tiptoeing around for a few days, we installed drying lines across the living room, and at least we got our floor back : ) Then to top it all up, we also made prints on papers with the stamps I used on tea towels. The house is still a big mess, and it will be for some weeks. But I am happy my hands are more often dirty than clean these days.

I don’t have many photos documenting the process up till now, because the process hasn’t been all fun fun and I was quite buried under it. But I hope to share more with you soon and I can’t wait to show you the final tea towels and prints in a couple of weeks : )

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A funny zine by Quentin Chambry, a friend and an artist whom I mentioned on my blog a few times already.


Makes me laugh every time OOH!!!
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http://www.quentinchambry.com/shop/o-o-h/

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Towards the end of November last year, Mattie and I booked our tickets to Korea. My last trip to Korea was about six years ago, and I’ve been dying to visit with Mattie. And five days after we booked our flights, we were in Seoul. If you didn’t know already, we are not much of a planner ; )

In short, Korea is great fun. I was born in Korea and spent my first 11 years there. So take this with a grain of bias, but if you’ve never been there, you are missing out. Big time.

Warning – this post will be a little longer than usual with many photos of food. After all, I was a tourist and had document what I ate.


Gwangjang Market 광장시장


Namdaemun Market 남대문 시장


National Hangeul Museum 국립한글박물관, reserve a free English tour


Yongma Land 용마랜드, abandoned amusement park

 

After a few days in Seoul, we took a bus down to Andong, known for Andong-jjimdak (chicken dish) and Hahoe Folk Village 안동 하회마을. Andong-jjamdak and Hahoe village were all top, but the highlight could be the cream cheese bread from Mammoth Bakery (맘모스제과 크림 치즈 빵). A crowd waited inside the bakery for this bread to come out from the oven, and once they were put on the shelf, everyone grabbed a dozen or more each. Not knowing any better, we just got one. Next time I’m grabbing a dozen too. It was seriously good. No joke.


Hahoe Folk Village 하회마을

 

We then moved to Sokcho, a far northeast fishing town next to Seoraksan national park. We walked around Sokcho, hiked Seoraksan for 7 hours, visited Naksansa and ate the best handmade jjajangmyeon.


Seoraksan Heundeulbawi 설악산 흔들바위


Seoraksan Ulsanbawi 설악산 울산바위


Seoraksan Towangseong waterfall 설악산 토왕성폭포, reopened after 45 years


Naksansa 낙산사

We took a bus back to Seoul from Sokcho, then we flew over to Tokyo the day after.

If you are going to Korea soon, lucky you!

 

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When I first discovered José Ja Ja Ja‘s zine and wrote a post about it last year, I only knew his black and white drawings. But I know how awesome his drawings are in colors because his new zines <DRAWINGS FOR BOREDOM> and <GRUNDFUNKEN> are in full colors.

More info about <Drawings for Boredom> here and about <Grundfunken> here. And follow him on his tumblr or instagram.

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After testing with dye paste.. What to do with the left over paste? You paint on old t-shirts : )

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Writing this, I realized this is the first time I post something about Danslecieltoutvabien. Really?!! I’m shouting because I’ve been a fan of his work for some time now. He is an artist based in Nantes, France whom I had a chance to meet a couple of times on different occasions, yet I learned that he is Danslecieltoutvabien only recently. Another note, I’m not sure if I’m suppose to write his name with spaces ‘dans le ciel tout va bien’ or all attached. Please correct me if you know.

I’m sure I’ll write about his work more in the future, but this post is about his zine which I picked up last year during Fanzine Festival in Paris. It is titled <Le dimanche, les volcans sont en vacances> which means Sundays, the volcanoes are on holiday. It was one of the most talked about zine during the festival among our friends. The drawings of the volcanoes and explosions are all crazy beautiful. And to top it all, it is printed on a delicately thin and soft paper.

More information about the zine here and more of his work on his tumblr. I think the only way you can get this copy is by sending him a facebook message.

 

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