This is how the store looked when it first opened. I love the minimalist decor, which is an ode to Japanese design.
It is hard not to notice these gorgeous lanterns hanging in the store. How I would love to have one of these in my home someday!
While it is difficult to choose a favorite item in Gallery Shibui, their papers definitely take the cake for me. I have used them for various design projects and decor.
I meant to do this post a while back, but I temporarily misplaced the memory card that had these images on it. At last, here is my post on the wonderful Gallery Shibui!
I came across this beautiful shop back when I was just starting college. I often escaped to get my head out of the books or to be inspired by the intriguing contents within the store. The gorgeous papers, kimono, pottery, and unique Japanese pieces truly added to the serene atmosphere of the space. I honestly felt as if I was transported to Japan on each visit.
Not only was this a gem of a store, but the owner Alice Southwick and her fantastic employee, Melinda Rittenhouse truly made the experience wonderful. I could always count on them for a friendly conversation and they made me feel so welcome. I was very touched when they showed up at my first exhibition and I appreciate their support of the arts.
Unfortunately, Gallery Shibui recently closed its doors in their previous location. However, they have moved the paper portion of their business to Rebus Works and I hope that you locals get the chance to visit. Here they have also continued the book binding classes where you can learn to create something like the charming book you see in the photo above. Gallery Shibui is also continuing its website, which is a great source for supplies and their beautiful paper.
Be sure to check these out:
Gallery Shibui - The store's website
Rebus Works - The new location
Melinda Rittenhouse - Melinda's Etsy shop, which has some of her handmade books
Rittenhouse Communication Design - Melinda's husband's site (he designed all of the poster advertisements for Gallery Shibui)
Thank you to Gallery Shibui and its team for inspiring me and I wish you all the best!