Yoshiko Yamamoto is the founder and the proprietor of the Arts & Crafts Press. Born and raised in Tokyo, Yoshiko's love of printmaking began early. As a teenager, her favorite pastime was to wander through the old dusty bookshops and print shops, collecting the traditional Japanese woodblock prints. After graduating from UC Berkeley in history and music and while working as freelance writer, she and her husband, Bruce Smith, founded the Arts & Crafts Press in 1996.
As a blockprint and watercolor artist, Yoshiko has created numerous landscape and botanical prints and over 250 letterpress greeting cards. Her commissions include the projects for Disney Grand Californian Hotel, the Gamble House National Historic Register, and Patagonia Books, to name a few.
When Yoshiko is not in the studio making prints, she’s often found in her garden, digging, planting, and feeding the wild birds that frequent her garden.
Bruce Smith is the co-founder and co-proprietor of the Arts & Crafts Press.
A writer of architectural history and food by trade, Bruce has lead many colorful lives, including managing a restaurant in downtown Tokyo and in Santa Barbara, CA, volunteering as a legal counsel to immigrants, to organizing a peace ceremony “From Hiroshima to Hope” in Seattle, Washington. A complete foodie, Bruce is always experimenting with a new recipe. He currently divide his time between Tacoma, WA and Tokyo, enjoying his time writing, exploring, and eating his way through Tokyo. Currently he is co-authoring a book "Sally's Kitchen" with Sally Schumitt, a pioneering California cook; the cookbook will be issued in the fall of 2021 by Chronicle Books.
Our zebra finch Armeno spends his days happily chirping away, taking baths, and lazily snoozing, curled up on one of his favorite branches. During nap times he misses his friend Beeper who used to snuggle next to him. It seems "all is well when Armeno is singing" rain or shine.