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Narcissa Bellefleur
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
I love seeing and creating art of all kinds, but I have a particular fondness for photography, handcrafts, and Asian ball-jointed dolls. I sometimes sell some of my works on Etsy, but mostly I just make art for the joy of it. I hope you enjoy my gallery; let me know if you find anything you like!
Hi everyone,

I can only apologize for being so inactive lately. Forgive me!  Between school, work, family, and love life, I've had little time for art or the internet. Juggle  I can't promise it won't be the same when I go back to school in January, so I'm announcing a hiatus this coming year, though I will pop in from time to time. Ninja 

I've picked up some new hobbies I would like to share with you, though! I did not get to go to Japan, as I so jubilantly posted in my last journal; I was one of 3 people in the whole school who signed up, so the trip did not make. Sad Drunk But I've recently been teaching myself the arts of Japanese kimono, tsumami kanzashi, and kyougi karuta, and I've been enjoying them immensely. Aww 

Wearing kimono is an intricate and subtle art, and making them even more so; I would like to post pictures of some of my ensembles once I'm more confident in my abilities. Sweating a little... 

Tsumami kanzashi are delicate folded-fabric flowers that geisha and maiko wear in their hair; if you've ever wondered what those trailing popcorn-like strings are, they're part of the kanzashi. Meow :3  There is a style of flower for every month of the year, and a few secondary flowers, too. Between kimono and kanzashi there are actually dozens of hidden clues as to the month, season, and formality of the occasion, and the age and social standing of the wearer; it's like a code, and it's fun to puzzle out. Aww I may post some photos of my recent works soon.

But karuta is what I'm most proud of. :happybounce:  It's a mind-sport involving ancient poems written on cards. The goal is to listen to the poem being read and grab the corresponding card before your opponent does. To do that, you have to memorize 100 poems in (ancient) Japanese before you can begin to play. It's not very popular outside of Japan (for some reason Dead (RIP) ), but my friends and I started a group--one of only 5 such groups in the United States. I actually got to be on Japanese TV because of it. Blush  (Only for 15 seconds, though...) It helps me with my Japanese reading comprehension skills, as well as pushing my memory and reflexes to their limit. I enjoy it immensely. If you'd like to see videos of my group, you can look at our website hereDeviation love 

That's all for now. Hoping you all had wonderful holidays, and a fabulous new year! Love 
  • Mood: Remorse
  • Listening to: Marina and the Diamonds
  • Reading: The Dream Thieves
  • Watching: Kyoukai no Kanata
  • Playing: ZombieGal Kawaii (IT'S SO KAWAII)
  • Eating: Spice drops
  • Drinking: Caramel-flavored cocoa

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hanatsukuri Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
A very belated "thank you!" for the deviantWATCH. I'm sorry I haven't said so until now-- I was a bit distracted. :heart: Hope you enjoy my kanzashi art flowers! Thank you again.
Shreever Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
thanks for :+fav: :)
13thMuse Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The frost patterns were just too lovely to pass up. ^^
Shreever Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
thank you again :)
Anna-line Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for the fave :)
13thMuse Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your photo deserved it. ^^ The kimono and obi pattern and color coordination was lovely. :heart:
jxsnyder Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the fave!  :D (Big Grin)
13thMuse Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy to. ^^ Your lovely photo deserved it.
smallsmiles Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013
Hello~~ Nice to meet you~~ *hugs*

I dropped by to say "thank you!" for the deviantWATCH! I hope you like what I do-- be it writing or art-- and don't mind an irregular schedule. ^_^

Thank you again~!
13thMuse Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's nice to meet you, too! :hug:

You're welcome! I was really intrigued by your writing style; your re-imaginings were very creative, and I liked the little details you included. (Also, I don't come across fellow No.6 fans very often. >.<)

(And don't worry about having an irregular schedule; I'm rather guilty of that myself... >_>)
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