What do you think can fit in a bottle? Tokyo-based Etsy seller and DYI artist Akinobu Izumi is here to tell you that the answer to this question is virtually limitless. Take a look at his ongoing crafts project, ‘Tiny World in a Bottle’, available online from $22, plus shipping costs. He has crammed stories, lives and whole worlds in the smallest bottles you could fathom. His paper, clay, wax and resin creations are immitigably Japanese, as they tap on the fascinating art of miniatures, and add a rich layer of metaphor to each work. Akinobu has crammed ‘lots of dogs’, ‘a turtle on an uninhabited island’, some ‘first hatched sea turtles reaching the shore’, a ‘Manta and diver’, and even the ‘sea angel, Clione’ inside bottles. And they all seem snug and comfortable in there. Use the tiny worlds in bottles as minute décor elements and place them next to your books. Collect them all for a whole delicate universe. Hang them on chains and wear your tiny world with you, day in and day out.
In his everyday life, Akinobu Izumi makes architectural models. In his spare time, he does the same thing. On a smaller scale, yet, presumably, with more freedom of the imagination.