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Meet the Author

Hey there, can you introduce yourself?

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Hello, I’m Jessica. I’m a craft designer, blogger and author. I’m the kind of person that will try just about any craft once. I especially like origami, knitting, and of course washi tape crafts.

Tell us a bit about the book?

Fun With Washi is comprised of 35 projects to refresh your home, accessories and packages with washi tape. But it’s not just about embellishing the things you already have. There are also projects for making goody bags, lanterns mini notebooks, etc. (templates included). You’ll also find various techniques in the book such as transferring printed images onto washi tape.

What was the inspiration behind it?

Ever since washi tape came out, I’ve been fascinated with the medium. I started collecting a lot of tape and finding new ways to use it. I also found a lot of people really liked washi tape but didn’t know what to do with it. Before my book came out, you could only find washi tape books in Japanese. I wanted to introduce the medium and my love for the craft to a broader audience.

Which is your favourite project?

My favorite project in the book is the Origami Crane Wall Art. It merges to of my favorite things, origami and washi tape.

What is your craft space like?

I recently moved into a new house and am still trying to figure that out. Currently, I have a computer armoire set up in walk way area where I do all my writing. And pretty much my whole house is my crafting space. I wish I took pictures of my house when I was writing Fun With Washi. Literally the entire house was my canvas. Every room had tape either on the walls, windows, or mirrors. And there were craft project piles tucked away in various corners.

Have you always been creative?

Yes, I’ve always gravitated to making and designing things.

When did you first start crafting?

As long as I can remember I’ve been making things. One of my earliest memories is when I made my mother a pair of earrings out of paperclips and macramé beads.

Who are your crafty heroes?

Like many people, I was introduced to a lot of crafts from Martha Stewart and for that I would call her a crafty hero.

As for craft authors, I’ve always been a fan of Hillary Langs whimsical patterns. I also like Anna Hrachovec’s fun knitting patterns. I especially like all her miniature knit people.

Where do you find inspiration?

I draw the most inspiration from exposure to new things and places. Anytime I discover a new craft, it inspires me. That’s why one of my favorite things to do is sift through the craft section at the Kinokuniya bookstore in SF Japantown. I’m always amazed at the unique creations I find in Japanese craft books.

What's next for you?

Honestly, I’m still trying to figure that out. One thing I’ve learned about being a craft designer is there’s no clear path. However, I have a few ideas I’ve been playing around with. For one, I’d love to branch out and design some kind of stationary/craft kit.

Publisher's Description

Washi tape has become the obsession of crafters, scrapbookers, and package fanatics, and now they'll know just how many ways to use it! This inspiring craft book presents 35 delightfully unique and sophisticated projects for decorating the home, accessories, and stationery with washi tape. Using simple techniques and basic materials, crafters can create a pixel heart to adorn their walls, accessorize their favorite shirt with a bow brooch, or create custom goodie bags for gifting treats. With helpful how-to illustrations, easy-to-follow techniques for working with washi, and gorgeous photos of the finished projects, Fun with Washi makes it easy to add colorful accents everywhere.