qq creations was established in 2010 with passion for beautiful materials such as washi, pearl, and stone.
Everything qq creations offers is carefully handcrafted by Rie Maywar at her home studio in Rochester, NY. She was born and raised in Japan. Her love of the Way of Tea (what’s called Tea Ceremony in the US), kimono, yoga, and nature influences her simple and thoughtful designs.
qq creations handcrafts washi art and washi jewelry, including framed art, shadow boxes, greeting cards, ornaments, earrings, pendants, bracelets, and more.
Washi (和紙） is traditional Japanese paper and is made using fibers from the bark of mulberry or other trees. Washi comes from wa(和) meaning Japanese and shi(紙) meaning paper.
Washi is generally tougher than ordinary paper made from wood pulp, and is used in many traditional arts, including origami and calligraphy.
qq creations uses washi for greeting cards, ornaments, jewelry and more.
qq creations loves natural stones, materials from water including freshwater pearls, coral and shells, and more. We often make jewelry with these beautiful materials using sterling silver, sterling silver filled wire, and/or silk cords.