MAKING ART IN JAPAN AND GIVING IT ALL AWAY

PROJECT NIHON TRAILER

12.2012
PROJECT NIHON is pleased to announce that the art cards have been mailed, hand delivered, flown, etc, to pretty much everyone!  
We have 4 people who haven’t replied to our emails all year, and we will keep trying!, but all things considered, 4 out of 100 isn’t too shabby.  If you are one of those people, please reach out — we would love to get the art cards in your hands.  

12.2012

PROJECT NIHON is pleased to announce that the art cards have been mailed, hand delivered, flown, etc, to pretty much everyone!  

We have 4 people who haven’t replied to our emails all year, and we will keep trying!, but all things considered, 4 out of 100 isn’t too shabby.  If you are one of those people, please reach out — we would love to get the art cards in your hands.  

3.11.2012
This monotype was recently hand printed at the Brooklyn College Printshop, using origami paper cranes and strips of rice paper.  A whole series of prints inspired by the experiences in Japan has begun emerging since returning stateside in April 2010.  In particular, the broken, shattered, fragmented aspects of this print reminded us of what Japan went through on March 11, 2011, a year after our PROJECT NIHON experiment in Japan.   Our thoughts are with Japan today.

3.11.2012

This monotype was recently hand printed at the Brooklyn College Printshop, using origami paper cranes and strips of rice paper.  A whole series of prints inspired by the experiences in Japan has begun emerging since returning stateside in April 2010.  In particular, the broken, shattered, fragmented aspects of this print reminded us of what Japan went through on March 11, 2011, a year after our PROJECT NIHON experiment in Japan.   Our thoughts are with Japan today.

01.2012
Just finished signing and editioning 706 artcards for our fantastic Kickstarter backers. There are 16 different types of artcards and the cards come in editions of 44.  Each artcard is hand numbered: 1/44, 2/44 through 44/44.  
Backers will be receiving personal updates regarding their rewards in the next day or so.  Stay tuned.

01.2012

Just finished signing and editioning 706 artcards for our fantastic Kickstarter backers. There are 16 different types of artcards and the cards come in editions of 44.  Each artcard is hand numbered: 1/44, 2/44 through 44/44.  

Backers will be receiving personal updates regarding their rewards in the next day or so.  Stay tuned.

03.2011
Film screening + paper crane printmaking workshop @ Tomodachi Store, Minnesota

03.2011

Film screening + paper crane printmaking workshop @ Tomodachi Store, Minnesota

ART WORKSHOP + SCREENING TOUR LAUNCHED THIS MARCH 2011
PROJECT NIHON was honored to have our first art workshop, with never-before seen raw footage from the documentary, in their home state of Minnesota.
Hosted by Tomodachi store, the event “Project Nihon Sunday” included a screening, a coloring book fund-raiser for tsunami relief, emotional reflections between visitors and visiting artist Meghan Keane on Japan one year after filming, and a workshop that was about making exciting art and giving back — underscoring the central themes of PROJECT NIHON.
Workshop participants made experimental printmaking-drawings using an origami paper crane.  After completing the artwork, each participant was asked to donate their crane to Cranestorm: Wishes in Flight.  Cranestorm is an awareness campaign run by the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota.  This workshop will assist them in reaching their goal of collecting 100,000 cranes to increase awareness and understanding of brain injury.
Special thanks to Tomodachi store owner Denny Park for sponsoring the event.  It would not have been possible without his generosity and enthusiasm for the vision of PROJECT NIHON. 
Photo includes two wonderful Tomodachi staff members who helped teach visitors how to fold origami for five hours, non-stop.  They are amazing, tireless orizuru sensei (paper crane teachers).

ART WORKSHOP + SCREENING TOUR LAUNCHED THIS MARCH 2011

PROJECT NIHON was honored to have our first art workshop, with never-before seen raw footage from the documentary, in their home state of Minnesota.

Hosted by Tomodachi store, the event “Project Nihon Sunday” included a screening, a coloring book fund-raiser for tsunami relief, emotional reflections between visitors and visiting artist Meghan Keane on Japan one year after filming, and a workshop that was about making exciting art and giving back — underscoring the central themes of PROJECT NIHON.

Workshop participants made experimental printmaking-drawings using an origami paper crane.  After completing the artwork, each participant was asked to donate their crane to Cranestorm: Wishes in Flight.  Cranestorm is an awareness campaign run by the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota.  This workshop will assist them in reaching their goal of collecting 100,000 cranes to increase awareness and understanding of brain injury.

Special thanks to Tomodachi store owner Denny Park for sponsoring the event.  It would not have been possible without his generosity and enthusiasm for the vision of PROJECT NIHON. 

Photo includes two wonderful Tomodachi staff members who helped teach visitors how to fold origami for five hours, non-stop.  They are amazing, tireless orizuru sensei (paper crane teachers).

Akemashite omedetōgozaimasu!
明けましておめでとうございます 
Happy New Year!  Thank you for your support and making this project possible!
PROJECT NIHON started fundraising exactly a year ago and look at where we are now.  In 2010 we fundraised over $10,000 of support for making this trip, this art exhibition, this cultural exchange, and THIS FILM!! a reality.  What a year!  We celebrate this along with you.
As you know, we are currently editing the documentary feature film that you helped fund and make a reality.  You can watch the trailer here.  It’s coming along!  We are so grateful to our backers, our friends, our supporters.  The best news of 2011?  Our gift to you will be closer to finishing in the coming year — the delivery of backer rewards and the completion of the PN documentary.  We are eager to finish, to continue doing nothing but the highest quality work, and to be poised to share our creative product with the world.  Please stay tuned for a bright year ahead!
Best wishes to you and yours,
Meghan (artist) and Michael (filmmaker) - Brooklyn, NY

Akemashite omedetōgozaimasu!

明けましておめでとうございます 

Happy New Year!  Thank you for your support and making this project possible!

PROJECT NIHON started fundraising exactly a year ago and look at where we are now.  In 2010 we fundraised over $10,000 of support for making this trip, this art exhibition, this cultural exchange, and THIS FILM!! a reality.  What a year!  We celebrate this along with you.

As you know, we are currently editing the documentary feature film that you helped fund and make a reality.  You can watch the trailer here.  It’s coming along!  We are so grateful to our backers, our friends, our supporters.  The best news of 2011?  Our gift to you will be closer to finishing in the coming year — the delivery of backer rewards and the completion of the PN documentary.  We are eager to finish, to continue doing nothing but the highest quality work, and to be poised to share our creative product with the world.  Please stay tuned for a bright year ahead!

Best wishes to you and yours,

Meghan (artist) and Michael (filmmaker) - Brooklyn, NY

PROJECT NIHON DOCUMENTARY TRAILER : JUST LAUNCHED : NOV 2010

PASS IT ON!

(click arrows at video lower right to view full screen — recommended!)