|A School of Herring (etegami collage)|
I've frequently mentioned the "Group of Four," an oddly nick-named group of etegami artists in Sapporo that I meet with once a month. When my enthusiasm for experimentation takes me too far from my orthodox etegami roots (which happens a lot these days), they are the ones who gently remind me what makes Etegami etegami, and not graphic arts, illustration, western-style watercolor, or even sumi-e and haiga. I confess that I continue to experiment (the collage above, for example), but I do it with one hand grasping the end of a safety line that is firmly anchored to traditional etegami.
I am also a member of the Japan Etsy Team, a group of Esty shop owners who either work from Japan or have strong ties here. The team has a blog as well as a Facebook page. This month, a fellow Japan Etsian, Erinn from Off on a Whim Jewelry, honored me by featuring my work in her monthly newsletter. You can sign up for her free newsletter by going to her blog.