I went to visit Takahashi Hiroko’s studio in Japan recently and really enjoyed what I saw. A wildly talented designer, I loved how she fused her own personal and modern take on the traditional Japanese products like the Tenugui, Sensu, Kimonos, Yukatas, and more. Check her out, I see big things in her future.
My bags are packed and I’m heading out tomorrow night for a few weeks in Shanghai, Beijing and Dalian, followed by Japan where I’ll be in Tokyo and Kyoto. Tips welcome as always, and pictures (and other finds) will be posted!
Eepmon recently made this new piece to contribute to an art show event on September 19th at PARCO department store in Shibuya, Tokyo.
The event is part of LOVE FOR NIPPON, an initiative in supporting the Great East Japan Earthquake recovery.
As September marks six months since the disaster, this project arose from a desire to bring happiness to people across Japan through art. More info can be found here.
Steve Harrington is opening a show up at Beams in Tokyo on the 18th of May. All proceeds from sales of artwork will be donated to tsunami victims.
The show will consist of 15 new sculptures, 20 new screenprints and a photo print wall. Here’s a sneak peak of what he’s been working on. Looks like it will be great!
My very talented friend Eepmon has created a nice little site showing off all his tour dates and shows this month in Tokyo. Check it out, some gorgeous pieces like none of his work prior are on display, like this mixed media on canvas piece shown here. Â If you’re in Japan right now, stop by one of his shows and then tell me all about it, please.
Related: Eepmon Goes Big In Japan
While most artists struggle to be big in the States, others strive for the glory of being big in Japan after they’ve flopped in America.
Of course, that isn’t really the case with (our dear friend) the Canadian-born multi-disciplinary artist eepmon (Eric Sze-Lang Chan), an already-successful creator who will be touring Japan all this May. During that time, eepmon will put on two solo exhibits and be a part of many other art events in Tokyo. Though a large part of his work features poppy, bright colors and subjects like flowers and animals (pieces in this style will be shown at the Design Festa Gallery in his “i am my introspection” exhibit), we suspect Akira influenced him more than Takashi Murakami. Shapes fall upon one another in monstrous, jumbled ways, so that each time you glance at a piece, you can continue to find new and exciting images buried inside.
His other paintings, revealed within the “Intersections” exhibit at the Gallery O2, are also brimming with color, but are abstract and Pollock-like in their fury. Nevertheless, whether you’re viewing calmer works like the organic “Chaos Bloom 8″ or the abstract attacks on canvas in “Intersections,” his creations are visually arresting. We love them, more after the jump.
Rooms is an innovative international tradeshow, stemming from the idea that designers have concepts to transmit to the world around them. Literally, Rooms provides a “room” to exhibit those ideas, each an intersection for designers, buyers and journalists to create new business opportunities, global communication and inspiration. Launched in 2000, Rooms is held twice a year with exhibits that include clothing, denim products, accessories, everyday gadgets and art. The latest room (No.17) was adorned with resin and plush art toys by Tokyo-born, London-educated designer, Ayako Takagi.