Now that summer is here I thought it would be a good time to start working on tsumami-zaiku pieces with summery motifs. I have always loved the summer time - the sun, the heat, and cooling off in the water.
Like many first time home buyers, when we bought our fixer-up starter home - actually a townhouse - we were a bit house poor. After moving in I threw myself into renovating the main floor, which was a depressing shade of beige, and spent the first year in our home spending my weekends spackling, sanding, painting and wallpapering.
As a craftsperson who often helps brides to create their wedding day look, I understand how difficult it can be to get it right. The search for perfection can add unnecessary stress. And, when you find yourself considering an accessory with roots in a culture other than your own, that adds a layer of concern in regards to cultural appropriation.
I have always had a tepid relationship with my own hair. It is thick, black and curly, and although I love designing and creating fantastical hair accessories, I hardly have the time, energy or desire to work with my own hair. The more stressed I am, the more unruly I let it become.