These pieces were created as an entry for The Second International Furoshiki Design Contest, presented by the Japan Foundation in New York City. Furoshiki is a type of wrapping cloth, commonly used for gifts and Bento boxes in Japan. The contest asked for entries from all around the world, but 2011 was the first time that it was open to the United States. The Japan Foundation asked each entrant to create a piece that represented a fusion of Japan and their respective culture in order to build strong relations between the two countries.
I am a fox enthusiast, so naturally I went for a design that would feature these creatures in some way. I decided on a North American red fox, and the more stylized "kitsune" fox of Japanese folklore. The leaves represented in the piece are commonplace in both Japan and the States, further illustrating a bond between the two.
Plus, it's just so darn adorable!
This piece was awarded an Honorable Mention, and I received about 10-12 individually wrapped prints of the design.
The second piece was originally going to be the back of the piece, but since the fabric could only support a single side of printing, I decided to nix it and keep the original fox design. I still like it next to the front design, though.