These prints were serialized in the beauty magazine etRouge (Nikkei Business Publi-cations, Inc.). The project came about when I reached out after regaining a spark of excitement about makeup thanks to them. The original meaning of “bloom” is a blossom in its prime. “Flower” indicates the entire plant, including the stem and so on, but “bloom” apparently only refers to the blossom. If someone saw my work and bloomed, whether naturally or with determination, I would be glad. It would also make me happy if someone who lost that spark of excitement about makeup were able to regain it.