Her response was this exquisite series of haiga based on prints from kimono patterns. Most have been altered and filtered in various iPad apps.
The test of a good haiga image, however, is in the poetry that arises from it. In 2007, Alexis was the grand prizewinner of the Kusamakura Haiku Competition and traveled to Japan for the awards ceremony. The experience has often figured in her art and writing since then, especially so in the aftermath of the recent tragedies. "The Japanese people," she writes, "are always in the back of my mind and in a way, by doing these kimono haiga, I am honoring their culture."
Look for more of Alexis' iPad haiga in our June issue' in the meantime, you might also like to subscribe to her ever-growing collection on Twitter.