Monday, October 20, 2008

Ghosts in the House!

After reading Nancy's blog (about home-made tinfoil Halloween costumes), I was reminded of this photo of my friend, the mother alien. I love her home-made costume and especially the tin foil antennae.

I think I will dress up for Halloween this year. My son insists that I dress as a witch. Only if I can be a cute witch like the one in Kazuno Kohara's Ghosts in the House!

This is one of the books I brought home from the fabulous Powell's in Portland. I really admire Kazuno Kohara's linocuts and was hoping to find a website which had more information on her and more of her art to view. I found out here that she grew up in Japan and is now studying for her MA in Printmaking in Cambridge, England.

This is her first book which was released in August 2008 as, Ghosts in the House. A paperback version was released in October 2008 titled, The Haunted House.

Here is one of one my favorite images in the book where the little witch decides to wash the ghosts she caught. It appears that Ms. Kohara uses rice paper for the ghosts which have been overlayed in the printing process as chine colle, a perfect combination as the ghosts become nearly transparent when overlapping the black ink.

The story of a little girl-witch and her sweet, black kitty who catch happy ghosts in the house and put them to work as tablecloths, blankets and curtains is not at all scary and is perfect for reading to little ones this season.


  1. Kim, you couldn't be anything BUT a cute witch! Hugs, Deb

  2. Thanks Deb!
    That's the nicest thing I've heard today :)

  3. Thanks for posting. I loved this book, too! Looking forward to more from this author.

  4. Hello Esme! I agree. I would love to read another book by this author/printmaker. I also hope she will have her own website soon so we can see more of her lovely linocut prints.
    By the way, your blog is WONDERFUL!


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