"These peonies grew in my friend’s garden. I thought they were so beautiful and sketched them for this collage."
"This piece is not a painting! This is a rice paper collage. I use only traditional paper called “washi” and a special glue that I make myself. The paper pieces are very fine so I use a tweezers and tear the shapes with my hands, not a scissors."
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9.5" x 10.5"
Midori creates art as part of Hospitality House Creative Arts Program, a community-based studio and gallery space in San Francisco dedicated to supporting neighborhood residents whose socioeconomic struggles would otherwise prevent them from accessing the powerful artistic and cultural landscape of this community. (Hospitality House website) She is originally from Japan and has been making art since she was young. Midori loves all kinds of artwork - painting, ceramics, doll making, as well as other hobbies such as sewing and making clothes. Midori describes feeling really happy when making art and makes all of her art from her imagination—she uses no pre-existing patterns, images or photographs.
As reflected in her art, Midori has a love of nature and animals and has cared for animals her whole life. Since moving to San Francisco, Midori has used her art skills and caring nature to help others. She has taught art to children and seniors and has been involved in running a non-profit that helps Japanese newcomers get oriented to life in San Francisco. Midori hopes to improve her health and have a peaceful life as well as contribute to others through sharing the peace and calm that her art brings.
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