“Superabundant Atmosphere” at Rice University Art Gallery, 2005.


“Jacob Hashimoto V” at Studio La Città, 2008-2009.


Today I would like to sing praises and throw the yellowtrace spotlight on Jacob Hashimoto. Jacob is contemporary artist born in Greeley, Colorado in 1973, who currently lives and works in New York. Drawing on his Japanese heritage and the tradition of kite-making, Hashimoto creates three-dimensional structures made out of thousands of miniature ‘kites’, constructed from bamboo-stiffened rice paper suspended with nylon fishing line.


“Silence Still Governs Our Consciousness” at Macro Rome Contemporary Art Museum, 2010.


“Superabundant Atmosphere” at Palazzo Fortuny: In-Finitum, Venice. 2009.



Jacob is a magician who has an amazing ability to arrange complex cascading shapes reminiscent of white paper clouds and frozen waterfalls. He also creates incredible wall pieces which are neither sculptures nor paintings. These incredible colourful compositions delicately float before the eye, mounted on an intricate network of interlaced thread like gravity defying paper tapestries.


Selection of wall hangings by Jacob Hashimoto.


I am so deeply moved by Jacob’s work that I am having trouble putting it in words. I mean, imagine… really IMAGINE standing underneath or within one of these mesmerising installations in real life. His work communicates a deep and profound stillness and weightlessness, an extreme and delicate beauty which would make me feel too scared to breathe. Even through my computer screen, I get a warm feeling that ripples through my entire body and echos in my heart. I think that’s what being inspired feels like, no?

Anyway, very sorry to expose you to so much beauty and inspiration at once. This really shouldn’t be allowed, particularly as it is so close to the weekend. Can you forgive me? I do hope so.

x dana

Examples of acrylic paintings on linen by the multitalented Jacob Hashimoto.

[Images courtesy of Jacob Hashimoto.]

About The Author

Dana Tomić Hughes
Founder & Editor

Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

6 Responses

  1. Kate

    They’re ethereal!
    Wow, would love to experience them in person – if they’re so beautiful on computer they must be incredible in real life.


Leave a Reply