We’re shouting out to you from the suburbs of Tokyo! An amazing city that we are learning a little bit more about every day. I live here with my husband, and two daughters, in what I call a tiny Tokyo apartment. Actually by Japanese standards it wouldn’t be considered tiny, but compared to living spaces back home in Michigan, it’s small.
My husband and I have been living, working and traveling all over the world for the last 10 years. Japan is our most recent stop and the place where we have finally started our family. On the blog, my daughters go by the names Electra and Isis. Those are not their real names, but I go by Amber, which is my real name. The blog started in October 2011 and I try to post at least one cardboard project a week. I’ll also be posting about other subjects related to cardboard, like cardboard links, information about tools and techniques, some of my cardboard heroes and also a bit about the environmental impacts
The inspiration for this blog is a book about cardboard furniture I read one day at one of the wonderful city sponsored play houses for children aged 0-3. I have always been obsessed with cardboard and already had many many pages in my sketchbook devoted to this humble, yet noble material, but this book was a real springboard for me.
We built a set of table and chairs from one of the projects in the book, and to our surprise they were light enough for a 1 year old to move around, recycled and recyclable, adorable and amazingly sturdy. Is there anything more divine? And the best part was that I felt an incredible sense of joy and (still do) every time I look at pictures of those table and chairs. Mostly because my husband and I lovingly made them, but also because we built something really durable and fun without having a garage, a basement, a workshop, or even a car.
I hope that this blog will inspire you to make something out of cardboard for yourself or your child, that reduces your impact on the earth, and brings you an incredible amount of joy.
I have my cardboard goggles on. Prepare for brilliance.