When I was flying out of Japan after the earthquake Mr Y said I should pop into Terminal 1 at Narita and spend some waiting time at the Aoyama Book Centre shop (usually one of my favourite places to browse through Design and Craft books). It struck me at that moment that had completely lost interest in anything craft. I was numb after the quake and couldn't imagine enjoying anything like craft when so many people in Northeastern Japan were suffering. A week later I still felt the same. But I began to receive emails from my Japanese clients (who were still working as usual) that said 'I need to continue to stay strong and positive for the future of Japan'. Emails like this brought tears to my eyes and I'm now trying to do my best to bring some part of normal crafty Hello Sandwich back for this reason. I hope you won't mind.
The lovely team at VOGUE Japan commissioned me to make some paper craft for their latest issue (on sale now). I created a paper obento box and a series of okazu (side dishes) for the VOGUE Angels supplement which comes with VOGUE Japan May 2011 issue.
Thank you Mogu for the photographs.
You can also view the Hello Sandwich Paper Bento online at Vogue.co.jp here.
Online you will also find a little bento video I made.
Special thanks to Yasu Hatakeyama for the original music and Rhys Turner for the photography. x
Also in the VOGUE Japan May 2011 issue are two pages of little paper Okazu (side dishes) that I made. So be sure to pop into your bookshop or newsagents and pick up a copy of VOGUE Japan May 2011 or buy online here.
For those of you who like making craft, I also made a little 'Handmade kit' (Japanese only) so you can print it out and make your own okazu! Click here to download and enjoy.