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Kusudama

Artist: Frances Osugi

Hygeia, 1938
Repurposed magazine pages, linen thread

My 93-year old grandmother folds kusudamas (medicine balls) for all her children and grandchildren to have in their homes. It's an auspicious charm, and we all have the same ones made by her. I wanted to be sure that I could make them too, the same way. The magazine pages from Hygeia, 77 years aged, are perfect in that they are brittle and will fall apart when played with or hung on display for too long. That is no worry because of the design of the kusudama. The power of the kusudama lies in its simplicity — in making and in giving.