Born in California, based in Tokyo, Erica Ward is an artist and illustrator who has been living in Japan for eight years.
I first caught sight of Erica’s artwork through a mutual friend who shared one of her pieces on her Facebook page. I was instantly captivated by the detail, Japanese but with a surrealist twist using watercolours that made the drawings almost dream-like.
Erica’s work is largely influenced by her surroundings: Cityscapes, kimono patterns, and seasonal imagery appear often in her designs, which blend modern and traditional Japan, creating a world that is both and neither. Truly beautiful, and fascinating.
The 2017 Autumn/Winter Bungu Box featured a couple of Erica’s items.
While living in Northern Japan, Erica had a two year stint playing on a local Curling team!
She loves the Japanese language and is particularly interested in “kuzushimoji” (that Japanese writing that just looks like squiggles on old paintings and texts at museums)