There was this little Japanese store in Kensington Market a few months ago that was going out of business. They sold a lot of things for dirt cheap and I managed to pick up some really old Japanese books for very little change. I can’t read Japanese, but I loved the aesthetic of their writing. I figured that the pages would come in handy for some project.
At the time, I was dressing a set for a movie and I needed thank you cards for all the lovely artists who donated their work for free. I made these “Arigato” cards out of the book pages. The pages were then attached to an ivory coloured cardstock so I could have space on the back to write. I really liked how they turned out so I made some extras to put up in my shop.
They’re pretty simple and cute. This was the first time I had ever played around with two-screen prints so I had a bit of trouble lining the colours up at the beginning.
I think the imperfect alignment adds to the flavour of it though. Each one is different from the other. That’s the beauty of printing stuff by hand or with a Gocco instead of an inkjet printer. You get something unique every time.