Photographs: Janell Landis

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Janell’s Early Life:


Janell’s Tops:

While Janell was an apprentice to Hiroi-sensei, he encouraged her to produce tops that dealt with themes related to American folk culture and lore that reflected both her background and the art and culture of her new home through traditional Japanese crafts. The photos below show tops Janell made in the 1980s. There are both western-themed tops and traditional Japanese tops.



Janell at Work and Her Tops

Below are photos of Janell at work on the lathe and some of the tops she made in the 1980s.