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My Grandmother's Travels to Japan....

Updated: May 21


My Grandmother's Suiseki Stone from her Japanese travels behind my wrapped rock collection.

Sitting here in the studio on a Sunday afternoon in Santa Fe, NM, I'm reflecting on the history that has brought me to be offering my wrapped rock collection on this website. As a young girl, my family would travel by car into New York City to visit my Grammy. She lived on the 11th floor of a high rise apartment building. She had studied Ikebana, the art of flower arranging, in NY and later had the great fortune to be able to travel to Japan each year.


I remember getting off the elevator and running to her front door to ring the bell. Once inside, I would greet my grandmother and slowly begin walking around looking at her Japanese screens, bonsai trees, Suiseki stones and scrolls on the walls, while the adults went into the living room to talk. What I wouldn't give now to know more about my grandmother's travels in Japan....


From this early age of about 5, a strong admiration for Japanese culture and art took hold inside me. It wasn't until about 20 years later that I would travel to Japan myself to explore the small paper making and indigo dyeing villages in the countryside. Art has a way of embedding itself deep into your psyche and these early visits to my Grandmother's NY apartment are still bubbling up with inspiration and wonder for me.



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