16.03.09 by Jeff

Motoi Yamamoto

Theme Magazine has kindly hooked me up with a subscription to their publication and if they hadn’t I might not have come across the amazing work of Motoi Yamamoto! Yamamoto uses salt to create large, insanely detailed, floor patterns. Pick up Theme (issue 18) to see way better photos of his work, and to read how he relates his work to keeping a diary.

motoi yamamoto theme magazine salt design artist art

motoi yamamoto theme magazine salt design artist art

motoi yamamoto theme magazine salt design artist art

motoi yamamoto theme magazine salt design artist art

motoi yamamoto theme magazine salt design artist art

motoi yamamoto theme magazine salt design artist art

motoi yamamoto theme magazine salt design artist art

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • http://www.corygibbons.com/blog/ Cory Gibbons

    at first i thought they were just feathers.. and i was impressed.

    then i see its salt.. and i’m amazed.
    i’m going to look into this publication

  • http://robincamille.com Robin

    My mind: *booooooom*

    This reminds me quite strongly of labyrinths and also of the sand mandalas created by Tibetan (?) monks. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/getthebubbles/89356656/in/set-72057594049447714/) The tedious labor combined with the mandalas’ ephemeral nature is so poignant!

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    yes! totally – i saw a thing on tv once and it was incredible to see video footage of the monks slowly making the mandalas

  • emily rugburn

    absolutely breathtaking.

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  • admin

    Holy Smokes. This is insane Hamada.

  • http://modite.com/blog Rebecca

    This is amazing. I haven’t seen anything like it and felt an instant connection to it. Really, truly amazing.

  • http://www.denizmerdan.com Deniz M.

    its absolutely amazing how we feel the pain staking amount of labour and patience went into this work. Just by our past experiences of making giant puzzles, lining up dominoes or just watching paint dry.

    It must only be something sublime and spiritual for someone to put themselves through this pain…or joy?

  • http://www.TheSpicyPrincess.com Dana Corey, Spicy Princess

    Amazingly beautiful! And like Deniz said, you feel the amount of painstaking work that went into it, just by seeing it. The only word that came to mind was WOW!

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  • marius

    prob he just likes salt very much

  • http://thebreadcrumb.blogspot.com/ Esther Maria Swaty

    this is great! love the art, and will definitely be checking out the magazine.

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  • Taylor

    So unique, beautiful, and odd at the same time.

    Stumbled from Kentucky, US

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  • jpople

    Better hope nobody sneezes.

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  • http://www.jasonsan.com Jasonsan

    I currently live in Kanazawa Japan where he did an exhibit at the 21st Century Museum. It was the same design style as the last two pictures you have posted there, except it covered a much larger area. It was amazing how close they let the patrons get to it. His work is so incredibly temporary.

  • Clare

    my brain just exploded

    • so


  • http://gmail.com Adam

    Could this guy be on Methamphetamines?

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    ma.gni.fi.que !!……

  • http://www.akatako.net/ AkaTako

    I agree they are reminiscent of the Tibetan sand mandalas. I wonder if he chose to use salt not only for its white color but also for its traditional Japanese folklore property of keeping bad spirits away? Incredible and unique work.

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    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ Jeff

      cheers Koelsch

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01.12.15 by Jeff

Booooooom Reader Submissions: December


Thanks to every single one of you who submitted work to the November Reader Submissions post, it’s really cool to see all the talent in this community!

For those of you who are new, these posts are the best way to submit your work to be considered for a post on Booooooom. Up-voting work you like and leaving the positive comments to each other helps me see what work you like really pumps people up. I encourage you to do both! These posts get a lot of traffic so even if your work is not a fit for Booooooom it still gets seen by many (and definitely sends traffic to your own websites).

Please share your work here this month by leaving a comment below. The commenting system allows images to be attached so make sure post an image along with a link to your website.


Submission guidelines:

1. Please don’t flood the comments with a dozen images, just post 1 image that represents your best work along with 1 link.

2. If you see good work posted by someone upvote it so it appears at the top. This is not just a nice thing to do, it helps me see what work you actually like.

3. You can/should also encourage people who are sharing good work here! Comment on their posts and let them know you like what they’re doing. I really want to foster a community here, and this is a simple way you can connect with other people making work.

4. Keep in mind your post may not show up right away because it has an image attached. It may need to be manually approved first so don’t freak out and post a million times, once is enough.




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Click here for a more detailed account of his process. More hilarious images below, love the shot of the shirt sleeves!

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