Limited-edition series of handmade matchboxes inspired by 1920s Japanese art

Steve Tracy is the founder of Brooklyn-based Keap Candles. He has recently joined forces with Object_ify139, an 'art object' shop located on New York's Lower East Side that supports local emerging artists, to pay homage to Japanese matchbox art from the first half of the 20th Century.

The collaboration features a set of five silk-screened and hand-assembled three-inch matchboxes, in keeping with Object_ify’s tradition for creating 'sets'.

The set – part art object, part print series, is composed of five different designs that pay homage to New York City and Keap’s fragrances. Drawing from Japanese matchbox art, the simple and clean design is brought to life by the crisp and vibrant quality obtained through the silkscreening process.

All designs are screen-printed and assembled in New York, featuring artwork by Keap’s art director, Dan Abary, and inspired by Japanese matchbox art from the 1920s to 1940s. For more information visit /


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