It’s February and the days are shorter and darker and filled with mystery, waiting for the spring to bring light and warmth. This week’s featured artist Hommy from Japan is the perfect fit for these cool, crisp winter days. She creates moody, rich dark textile dolls reminiscent of magical forests filled with owls watching you from the trees, and long winter nights waiting to erupt into warm sunshine.
“I love finding the beauty and happiness in small things."
Each art doll is carefully crafted using frayed cloth (often from clothing), embroidery and hand painted acrylic patterns.
Which animals inspire you?
“All animals...Among them I especially like OWLs.”
Though many of her pieces are owls and birds, Hommy also creates other animals including wolves, elephants, sheep, rabbits and cats.
Although she currently has no pets of her own, her business RUCNI was inspired by her sons.
“My dearest sons gave me an opportunity to make RUCNI. A few years ago they told me they wanted an owl as a pet, but we didn't have an environment for that. So, I made a plush doll of the owl for them, they were so happy with it and still keep it carefully. Then I started making other animals as well...”
What is your favorite piece of work that you’ve created?
“When I do the work, I talk with them ( works ) and their feeling is my top priority. I love them like my children, so when they leave me everytime I really feel I miss them, but I am also happy that new owner keep and treasures them carefully (and forever.)
Animals can make people happy always, and I hope that the world is full of the people who feel the same through my works.”
Two of her favorite movies which include animals are もののけ姫 (mononoke hime) = Princess Mononoke – An animated adventure/fantasy of a young warrior who protects his village from a boar- demon/god; and あらしのよるに(arashi no yoru ni) = One Stormy Night an animated tale of a young goat name Mei and his unexpected friendship with a wolf named Gav. Not only are her creations beautiful works of art, but the photos of them are mysterious and hauntingly breathtaking. To see more of Hommy's lovely work, visit her here:
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