Guest Editor’s Profile – Scott Vanden Bosch

Scott Vanden Bosch

Melbourne Australia

 In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/orliving area) look like? please describe.
That’s interesting question …most people I know think my studio is mad; boxes everywhere and unfinished projects precariously balanced in makeshift trays and containers according to fragility and interest factor. A lot of my house is taken up with boxes (I will absolutely keep a box purely because it’s well made), books, toys, artworks, and things that make people say ‘what you get that for ?’.

My partner and I are animation artist’s and my job involves alot of drawing on paper and computers so the rest of the house is full of stacks of paper, pencils, and computers.

Where do you normally get your things?
When I was younger I used to rifle through flea markets, but now the internet is mostly where I hunt, I travel to Japan every so often to hunt for rarer vintage things.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
Whoa…Thats hard, sometimes I feel kind of unattached to it all. A couple of my collections have become entities unto themselves and I keep searching for additions because the collection needs it not so much me. But If I had to choose something valuable it would be an arm load of Jumbo machinder robots from Japan – They are big and colourful and they can shoot missiles and fists if enraged, I do enjoy staring at them.


Guest Editor’s Profile – Fiona


London, UK

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/orliving area) look like? please describe.
My life and space tends to be highly disorganised, with well intentioned lists and notebooks scattered among academic papers, cookery books, and doodles of future plans. In the centre of this sit me and my laptop, typically accompanied by a cup of tea.

Where do you normally get your things?
My things are found in charity shops and secondhand markets, or handed down to me from mine or my husband’s family.
What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
My prize possession is my grandmother’s cookery book. She taught my sisters and I to bake as children, and the recipes in her cookery book remind me of her and my childhood.

Guest Editor’s Profile – Takashi Iwasaki

Takashi Iwasaki

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/or living area) look like? please describe.
— Studio and residence combined all in one. Well-organized and comfortable enough for me, but may not look so by others. One room has been a pure storage with boxes for the past year.
Where do you normally get your things?
— Art supply stores, craft supply stores, hobby stores, fabric stores, hardware stores, second-hand stores

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
—Various species of wood, interestingly shaped glass objects, embroidery floss

day 380 – four plastic cases for keeping deciduous teeth

1. This post was inspired by two other tooth-related posts.

2. These cases were found under a shelf after a coffee mishap.

3. I do not have any baby teeth left.

4. Some people are known to have a third set of teeth.

day 377 – four kinds of seaweed from hokkaido

1. “Kuki Wakame” – seaweed stems  (top left)

– fantastic in salads with ume or ponzu dressing

2. “Tororo Kombu” – pickled, shredded kombu kelp (top right)

– used in soups, on udon or soba noodles, and rice

3. “Gagome Kombu” – brownish, very sticky kelp with fronds like basket mesh (bottom left)

– hailed locally as a super-food, high in anti-oxidants, eaten in soup, on rice

4. “Mekabu Kombu” – the thick, ruffled part near the root of the seaweed plant (bottom right)

– wild grown and hand-harvested, eaten in soup or in salads, on rice or noodles

Guest Editor’s Profile – Emmie Tsumura

Emmie Tsumura

Hiroshima City, Japan

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/orliving area) look like? please describe.
My main working space is my desk, but it often extends into the tatami room and the kitchen island. My desk is also in the kitchen, with easy access to the stove for tea-making and sudden cup noodle urges. Currently on my desk is a formerly trusty but recently temperamental MacBook, a handmade mug with a bunch of different pens and brushes, a collection of Japanese washi tape, and an Epson printer. Also, some speakers, a kanji dictionary, and a CD of songs for karaoke practice. In front on the wall, is a corkboard with inspiring quotes, some screenprints, old postcards, and a pocket full of delivery pizza and sushi coupons. Delivery sushi – the best!!!

I come from a family of meticulous label enthusiasts, and paper shredding neat freaks. On the contrary, I’m a pretty disorganized paper-keeper. I’m kind of a fan of organized chaos, but I’m always looking for ways to keep the chaos in check. I try and keep all my paper in coded boxes based on pattern and colour. I like the look of different-coloured post-its all over the place, and am a future post-it master.

I came to Hiroshima from Canada six years ago with my husband Nate. This place is full of music and art, great food and sake, beautiful rivers and mountains, and the sound of old streetcars. From our place, we get a great view of the bullet train shooting through the city at night. Pretty cool.

Where do you normally get your things?
I get my stuff from lots of different places, but my favourite is probably the brush store in downtown Hiroshima. There are brushes wall-to-wall for make-up, paint, and calligraphy, as well as endless options for ink, ink stones, paper, and stamp carving. Next would be Tokyu Hands, a 7-floor one-stop shop with several floors dedicated to stationary, DIY stuff, paint, Gocco, sketchbooks – everything. There’s pretty much one in every big city here, and they’re never disappointing.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
There are so many things, but I’d say that my calligraphy pens and inks are the most exciting. These days I’m in love with Brause pens, especially the hexagonal double-ended ones, walnut ink, and trying out different kinds of sumi.

Guest Editor’s Profile – Eric Lesage

Eric Lesage

Winnipeg, Manitoba

In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/orliving area) look like? please describe.

My space is small and as cluttered as i can make it without it being messy. Being in a state of perma-renovation for almost three years I don’t really know what my space will end up being. An amalgalm of found objects, collected art works, plants and family heirlooms, I doubt my space will ever be a fixed point in the space/time continuum.

 Where do you normally get your things?
Having spent the last thirteen years working in a second furniture store most of my collection comes from the flotsam and jetsam of other peoples lives.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
My most prized possession is a my mom’s old cast frying pan.