Author Archives: Kazuko Morishita Dubois

About Kazuko Morishita Dubois

I am an illustrator living in the U.K.

Children in nature

After we moved in Hertfordshire in April,  we found lots of places were just naturally beautiful. We soon loved visiting bluebell forest, running in a cowslip fields and exploring different places in nature.

I wanted to draw these memories with watercolour, especially with Japanese watercolour called gansai, that I bought in Japan this summer. It’s solid paint, and it has been used for traditional Japanese paintings. I used color pencils too.

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Pine cones

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My 4years old daughter collected lots of pine cones when we visited a park in London. So we decided to decorate them with acrylic painting. Some of them might be the ornaments on our Christmas tree in this winter..

4歳の娘が、公園でたくさんの松ぼっくりを集めて来ました。アクリル絵具でペイントさせるのはとても勇気のある決断だったと思っていますが、色んな色を好きなように塗り、お気に入りは次の日ナーサリーの先生に見せると言ってかなり集中して色ぬりをしました。いくつかは今年のクリスマスツリーの飾りになるかもしれません。

Workshops at nursery

I had some opportunities to run crafts workshop at Edith Kerrison Nursery School in London.

東ロンドンの保育園でワークショップをする機会がありました。

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At Origami workshop for parents, I chose 2 simple and easy origami and 1 slightly difficult one. I had only half an hour and there were around 8-10 parents in the room. Making dog and cat is very simple, but very cute. Some parents haven’t done any origami before, so I need to explain how to fold paper very slowly. After we made them and snack packet, the parents tried to make balloon. They were so impressed by the technique to make 3D shape from 2D paper. I was so glad people enjoyed my workshop.

保護者向けのワークショップでは、折り紙を教えました。簡単なもので、犬、ネコ、小物入れ、そして最後に風船です。折り紙を全く知らない人もいて、ゆっくり説明するように心がけました。最後の風船は、最後に膨らませて完成した時は、わぁ!と歓声をあげる人もいて、少しばかり盛り上がりました。紙1枚で風船ができるなんて、よく考えたらすごいことなのかもしれない、と改めて私自身も思いました。

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Last year, I run workshop to make ornaments for Japanese star festival (7th of July), but this time I did orizome gami workshop. I couldn’t take photos of nursery children while doing activity, but you can see their work!

I used Japanese calligraphy paper (han-shi) and British ink. The method is just folding paper into small, dipping the each corners in the different colours, then gently opening it.  The children enjoyed beautiful colours mixed together. Simple but exciting activity for 3-4 years olds.

18 children have participated, Emily the class teacher divided the children into 3 groups. It was lovely time for me too.

別のワークショップでは、子供たちと染め紙をしました。半紙と色とりどりのインクを持って行って、6人のグループ3組を教えました。折った紙の角を違う色に浸して、広げた時は楽しい驚きがあり、色の混ざり具合にも子供たちは興味津々です。浸しすぎて広げる時に破れそうになったり…。子供の写真は撮れませんでしたが、彼らの素敵な作品を見てください。とても楽しい朝でした。

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