I've long been a fan of Japanese art and design.  This new find of amazing animal brooches by Ribbonesia illustrates the reasons why. The  designs are not only clever but beautifully and artistically put together.

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The founder of Ribbonesia is Sapporo-based Baku Maeda, who is a freelance illustrator. He needed a project for his "fiddling" fingers which had nothing to do with his living.

After trying out a succession of hobbies including animal art made from electrical outlets and plugs, he settled on his unusual ribbon art.

He developed a method of making animals from ribbons after a lot of experimentation. His explanation is quintessentially Japanese, "The secret was to create each animal with minimum elements. The simplicity was a key to its beauty."

Ribbonesia's website, now a collective which includes other artisans, was launched in 2010.  Their product line is two fold. The first line includes accessories such as brooches, gift and wedding decorations. Their second collection is on a much larger scale - commercial visual displays.


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