Dutch artist Yana Poppe (1983) makes paintings, linocut and woodcut prints and light objects. The maintheme in her art is the residential area with a focus on urban features. Yana uses Japanese pigments, Japanese washi paper and Japanese brushes.
Ever since Yana studied traditional Japanese painting at the Nagoya Zokei University, she prefers using Japanese pigments. Characteristic are the vivid colors and different kinds of texture. Yana mainly uses Mino washi paper to paint and print on. It's a very strong paper and has a beautiful soft, almost silky, touch and appearance.
In 2011 Yana studied traditional Japanese painting at the Nagoya Zokei University in Japan. A year after her graduation at the Minerva Art Academy, Yana returned to Japan where she stayed as 'artist in residence' in Mino. There she studied about traditional paper making techniques. You can read about her experiences on her Mino AiR Blog.
Her interest in the Japanese crafts lead to another 'artist in residence' in Japan, this time at a printmaking studio in Akiruno.
This year (2015) Yana stayed in Mino again to learn more about the process of making Mino washi paper. To read about this experience, go to Yana's Blog