Reiko Sudo

Japanese textile designer Reiko Sudo, b. 1958, is one of the founders of Nuno Corporation. Nuno is Japanese for cloth or fabric, and the company, which started in 1984, works with Japanese weavers and dyers to create beautiful and original textiles. One of the most iconic pieces is Origami Pleats. In this video, Reiko talks about how they came up with the process for making the scarf, by visiting one of the oldest printmaking factories in Japan and seeing the molds they used there.

Reiko Sudo’s own work can be seen at MOMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, BMA and more. The fabrics in those collections are innovative and varied in material and execution. There are copper and brass-based fabrics that have movement and a liquid-like surface. Some are more like lace, made from nylon, or even packing tape! Cracked Cloth was created by using an acid to burn the rayon, but not the polyester parts of the fabric. My favorite is Jelly Fish Fabric (polyester), a theme that Sudo returns to repeatedly.

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Last weekend, I made Babka, and it is very addicting! I had to instantly freeze what wasn’t eaten immediately, as I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop grabbing a slice every time I walked through the kitchen.

Of course, I forgot to take a picture before cutting...

Of course, I forgot to take a picture before cutting…

Couldn’t find my Bundt pan, so had to rig one:


Springform pan, with ramekin in center

Worked fine, though since it wasn’t rounded at the bottom, I should have put the dough in seam-side down, as I didn’t flip it over after it was cooked. Purely aesthetics, though, it tasted wonderful! The dough starts with a biga, and I love any recipe that involves multiple days, so I followed all the overnight rising options, for the biga and the dough. It’s a lovely, sweet dough, that baked up very tender. It could be used in so many forms. I loved the almond filling, and would like to try it again with both the Chocolate-Almond and Apricot-Cream Cheese options!

Hungry now?

Hungry now?

Final Collage Exercise

Exercise 2.5

This exercise called for “a series of simple stripe or spot designs in repeat using the techniques you’ve discovered in Part Two.” These are all A5 size collages, in order of preference, beginning with my least favorite.


paper, white ink applied w/sponge


paper, ink applied with homemade stamp


paper, ink


newspaper, paper inked with homemade stamp, yarn


paper, ink applied with homemade stamp


paper, marker, ink applied with homemade stamp


paper, thread

More Baking

Made two more recipes these last weeks. The quite tasty, but sadly un-photographed Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins, and the Marble White and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake.


Not a great picture, but a wonderful cheesecake! You know how your basic cheesecake has a graham cracker crumb crust? In typical Rose fashion, this one has a chocolate sponge sheet cake that you bake, and then cut to line the pan. And the filling with both white and dark chocolate, very nice!


I was wary of scooping too far down and gouging the sponge cake when swirling, so it’s more layered than marbled. Did not seem to bother my guys who ate it, though!

Cook the Book


A Christmas gift from #2 son, this is the latest in my collection of Rose’s cookbooks. I love them all, and since this one covers a variety of baked goods, I’ve decided to, a la Julie Powell, cook the book. (Not terribly original, but fun, and I’m not the only one to tackle it)

I started on 12/26, with Kouigns Amann, (that’s the pastry on the cover, and it was fabulous!), as well as the Molasses Sugar Butter Cookies, which I can’t wait to make again! I used the same Kouigns pastry recipe for a savory version on 12/29, with a goat cheese, mushroom & leek filling that was very good. That same day,  I also made the Classic Brioche, which I used for the Sugar Rose Brioche (not a favorite, a bit dry and bland) and the Caramel Buns (minus caramel, just cinnamon roles, but really good ones!). That’s when I decided to  make a recipe each week, until I’ve made them all, and blog about it.


English Dried Fruit Cake

1/3: made 4 mini-loaves, with enough batter left for 7 muffins, omitted the rum. This is nothing like what you think of when you hear ‘fruit cake’. It is very, very good! I froze three of the small loaves, and the one that we’ve thawed was just as good as the fresh one. It makes a wonderful breakfast bread, and I’d like to try a GF/dairy-free version.

The Ischler

The Ischler

 1/11: What’s not to like? Tender almond shortbread-style cookies, yummy chocolate ganache filling and a great name! If I write my own cookie recipe, it will definitely have ‘The’ in front. The only change I made was accidental. I overcooked the apricot jam when reducing (causing my measuring cup to melt!), so they are missing that. My brother is going to be happy about it, but I think they would have been better as written. Of course they would, it’s Rose. She always knows best…

Exercise 2.5 prep

The last collage assignment is Stripes and Spots, so I’ve been looking at images for inspiration:

IMG_2244 IMG_2245

The assignment says to “select some of your strongest collage drawings to develop your design ideas.”

These are the collages that I feel are strongest:

Part Two, Exercise 2.3

Part Two, Exercise 2.3


I also think this work I did for the Sketchbook Development Course could come into play:


You can see how these sketches developed from the photo of umbrellas in the crosswalk at the top of this post!

Now to get some input from my tutor before moving forward…

Looking Back

Exercise 2.4, Reflection

Did the process of working in collage bring new challenges in terms of observation?

Absolutely! Collage is so very different from sketching an item. The choice of paper is so important. Solid or print? Which combinations? White, solid color pr print background? Layering small pieces, or larger pieces cut into definite shapes?


Whether block silhouette or line, I felt trying to accurately depict an object would be near impossible, and not the correct approach for me.

Did it affect the way you observed?

It moved me away from attempting to recreate the objects realistically, and opened many other possibilities. What could the object represent? How could the scene unfold? Would the object’s true purpose be important to the scene:

Part Two, Ex. 2.2

Part Two, Ex. 2.2

or would it simply be part of an overall design:

Part Two, Exercise 2.3

Were there unexpected qualities or effects?

Yes, the way an object could disappear into the scene, almost to the point of not being noticeable as itself:


Part Two, Exercise 2.3

Part Two, Exercise 2.3

Or the way the shape, which I thought meaningful, really didn’t bring much to the table.

For example, the landscape in a bottle could have been in any shape:


And the bottle shape that seemed to represent the ‘good life’, would have worked just as well, perhaps better, in a traditional snow-globe shape:




Moving on to the final collage!