A few years ago I started painting folding fans. On a basic level they’re a beautiful and practical accessory that should really be more popular in places like California, plus they’re a godsend if you’re out dancing.

Although fans make great display art, I do try to make usable items. It’s taken me a while to find techniques that let me get good results without affecting the fan usability too much, and have mostly landed on acrylic ink to paint on the fabric, and enamel for the wood. Being in the UK also helped with finding decent quality plain Spanish fans at a reasonable price.