I was privileged to have my work featured in the Spring 2014 issue of the Belgium-based art magazine Creacorner. The theme of the whole issue is Japan as an inspiration for art. My talented etegami colleagues Yun and Tatsuaki, whose works are frequently posted on my mailart gallery blog, are also featured. Creacorner is bright and colorful-- a true feast for the eyes. You can view the whole issue at this link.
Etegami (e= "picture"; tegami= "letter/message") are simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words. They are usually done on postcards so that they can be easily mailed off to one's friends. Though etegami has few hard-and-fast rules, traditional tools and materials include writing brushes, sumi ink, blocks of water-soluble, mineral-based pigments called gansai, and washi postcards that have varying degrees of "bleed." They often depict some ordinary item from everyday life, especially items that bring a particular season to mind.