Akiko da Silva

/creative design
& illustration

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Hygge Hus

Scandinavian folk art-inspired illustrations for mini houses to bring some color and whimsy to the winter garden of Hotel Bleston Court in Karuizawa, Japan.

Logos & Branding

Photo Spot

Illustrated wall mural for the Karuizawa Town Hall where newlyweds can take photos with their newly obtained wedding certificates. Karuizawa is a renowned mountain resort town and top wedding destination in Japan. The mural reflects Karuizawa’s natural treasures with illustrations of its native flora and fauna.

Washi Forest

A series of washi paper lanterns and large screen illustrated with flora and fauna local to the forests around Hotel Bleston Court in Karuizawa, Japan. Nagano artisan Hirata Masumi produced the “Uchiyama” style washi entirely by hand. The large screen was created by hand-cutting and layering  colored washi and served as a background for musical performances in the hotel garden. Hundreds of the lanterns lit the garden paths in the evening.