Ido Yoshimoto is an arborist by day and an artist at night, and his studio shed in West Marin’s Inverness is where his two worlds come together.
These images were originally published in a studio visit with Ido Yoshimoto on In The Make.
Above: Yoshimoto's salvaged finds spill outside his studio, which was a shed/garage in a former life. The shed is filled with the artist's collection of salvaged materials, which he finds in the woods.
Above: The upper shelves are lined with Yoshimoto's finds from either the beach or the woods, which surround his studio.
Above: The artist organizes his tools in wooden boxes.
Above: "I mostly use salvaged materials like wood, bone, metal— things that have been made unique with time. I think the story is important," says Yoshimoto. "I am really fascinated with things that happen slowly and naturally that cannot be recreated, like rot, rust, weathering, as well as growth."
Above: "Sometimes I look at an object and I see life, growth, struggle, death; the intertwining of stories," says Yoshimoto.
Above: The artist works on a wood carving.
Above: The arborist meets the artist.
Above: The woods of Inverness where Yoshimoto finds most of his inspiration.
Above: Yoshimoto's own brand of Cabinet of Curiosities, including his studio. To see more studio visits with West Coast artists, go to In the Make.
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