Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Artistry of Packaging: Tokyo Milk Soaps

When I was a little girl my mother and I used to make collages together in the summer. She makes art in addition to her other profession and works primarily in collage and decoupage. Subsequently, she's always had a small set of oak drawers filled with antique papers, cut outs, stenciled lettering, reproductions of paintings, and photographs collected over the course of many years. As a little girl going through her collage drawer was an unparalleled treat, an exercise in restraint (because I had to choose which images we would incorporate from a variety of hundreds), as well as a catalyst for the endless possibility of my childish imagination. When I first saw these soaps from Tokyo Milk wrapped in exquisite antique papers (perfect for collage), I was immediately reminded of this childhood art activity. The rich triple-milled soaps themselves smell terrific and unique, but it is the packaging that has really captured my fancy (the bird's nest, white flower, and waltz papers are my personal favorites). Save the wrapper, and perhaps you'll even be inspired to start a collage drawer of your own.

photo credit soap wrappers: http://www.beautyhabit.com

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