“Mingei”, is a Japanese term that is constantly asked of me. What does that mean? What is that? To me the simple meaning is, things people make and use everyday in their daily lives. These objects were not just for decoration purposes, they have function and purpose, like a basket made just for flower decoration, or carrying produce or even washing dishes. What is so wonderful is that the Japanese make, create and construct these pieces lovingly, perfectly and beautifully, notwithstanding that it's only for them to use, or maybe because it IS for them to use. Whatever the reason, these objects are well cared for, looked after and really used, which makes them - to me and to those who also love and collect these pieces - even more so desirable.
WHAT’S IN A NAME . . . ?
Why Guillermina? An Asian antique store with a Spanish name? Well, I am Filipino by birth and most of us have Spanish names because the Philippines was discovered and colonized by the Spaniards for more than three centuries. I was named after my grandfather, Guillermo, William in English, Guillaume in French.
I acquired my love for Japanese art in the 1980’s and haven’t wavered since. Being Asian, of course I have an affinity for my culture and travel broadened my taste and heightened my eye for beautiful, creative works of art, which I try to bring to my shop.
Come by and visit the brick and mortar store in historic downtown Point Richmond, California, just north of San Francisco on the bay, or enjoy perusing the new online store.