A YEAR IN JAPAN

I wrote and illustrated this book, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2006, after living in Kyoto for a year on a post-graduate scholarship to study art in Japan. I studied indigo-dyeing and woodblock printing, but mostly rode my borrowed bike around Kyoto, observing, taking photos, and sketching in little Moleskine notebooks (about 20 over the course of the year). The book consists of aspects of visual culture in Japan that I found particularly beautiful, surprising, and moving.

Please click HERE to see images from A Year in Japan.

If you’d like, you can buy a copy (which I would be delighted to inscribe!) from me here or at a bookstore.

 
 

AT A CROSSROADS

I wrote and illustrated this book, which was also published by Princeton Architectural Press (in 2008), based on the highlights and low points of my 23-month extended stay with my parents in Pennsylvania after I graduated from college. (Although this seems pretty common now, it was a bit less common in 2002!) Even though it is specific to my experience (featuring a Hall & Oates concert with my mother, Cher and Chicago concerts by myself, and episodes of squirrel trouble and other excitement), it is really about being in a transitional moment of life (and how that time, though unsettling, can be really wonderful).

Please click HERE to see images from At a Crossroads.

If you’d like, you can buy a copy from me here (which I would be very happy to inscribe).

 
 

HELLO KITTY EVERYWHERE!

I wrote the haiku for this sweet book of Hello Kitty traveling around the world (published by Abrams in 2004). I got to work with one of the world’s nicest people at Abrams, and this was my “big break,” something that gave me hope when I was still living with my parents in PA and trying to figure out how to have a career as an artist and writer.

 

HELLO KITTY THROUGH THE SEASONS!

I also wrote the haiku (in the voice of Hello Kitty) to this follow-up volume of haiku and photos (published by Abrams in 2006).

 

DOMO IN THE WORLD

At the risk of being pigeon-holed, I then wrote haiku in the voice of Domo for this book about my favorite NHK character, Domo-kun (published by Abrams in 2011).