Yoshiko Yamamoto was born and raised in Tokyo, Yoshiko Yamamoto first studied sculpture at Tama Art University in Japan, and after moving to California, studied classical music and modern Japanese history at the University of California, Berkeley. |
In 1996, she founded The Arts & Crafts Press with her husband, Bruce Smith, and taught herself the crafts of letterpress and block printing. For her limited edition prints, Yoshiko uses the flora and fauna she finds either in America or Japan – anything from fir trees to heron, koi fish, or crickets, and creates them using up to 20 blocks, each with a different color.
Yoshiko currently resides in a small coastal town in Washington state.
The Gingko Leaf is a favorite motif of the Arts and Crafts movement, and as a fellow transplant from Japan, Yoshiko Yamamoto has always felt a special bond with it. Designed exclusively for Cooper’s Cottage Lace, Gingko Leaf is framed with a delicate lattice border.
There is no exact formula for determining which is the correct measurement of length and width when buying lace curtains. Usually, the decision is based on one of two eras of decor: 19th or 20th century.
In the 19th century, Federal, Greek Revival, Early and mid Victorian and some Colonial Revival, window treatments were “fuller“ with more gathering using a ratio of 1˝ to 2 times the window width as the curtain panel width. Our Cherwell, Grecian, Eastlake, Oak & Acorn, Old Colony and Regency panels work best in these instances. Also, it was custom to have the lace panels hang below the window sill, sometimes even pooling onto the floor although baseboard height was most common.
20th century Arts & Crafts, Art Deco, Bungalow, Craftsman, mid-Century Modern and Mission window treatments were much ‘flatter‘ with much less gathering using a ratio of 1 to no more than 1 to 1˝ times the window width as the curtain panel width. Our Art Deco, Ginkgo Leaf, Glen‘s Edge, Good Hare Day, Hunter Rose, Pine Cone and Prairie Sumac panels work best in these instances. The preferred length for this era is just touching the window sill.
As a rule, American home windows are between 25” and 30” across. Our 47” panels work fine for the fuller gathered look; our 33” panels are best for the flatter less gathered look. We also offer panel shortening (for $10 per panel) for the length you desire; please specify in the Order Comments of Checkout Step #5.
Extra-Long panels are available, please call.
If you are undecided which pattern, width and length will work best for your home, please request a loaner or two. We will send you some previously opened panels for you to try. Please plan on returning the loaners within 30 days.