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Dear Japan art event in New York

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Events on Friday 3 June 2011

Come out to a gallery in Soho, New York, on Saturday afternoon and purchase art for your home for a good cause. The one evening event Dear Japan has been organized by a group of Japanese artists who live in New York. It features 170 illustrators and fine artists, and all the works are $200 or under. It’s a small portion of what most of the participating artists would normally sell their work for. Of course, I am donating for this good cause, too.

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BLOW UP: featuring Hanuka, Shimizu, Weber

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Events on Thursday 2 September 2010

Three illustrators from vastly different backgrounds — Sam Weber (Canada), Yuko Shimizu (Japan), and Tomer Hanuka (Israel) — are meeting at the crossroads of a distinct American aesthetic to examine their new-found artistic voices through personal mythologies, broken narratives and remixed identities. Each of the illustrators featured as part of BLOW UP (running at New York’s Society of Illustrators until October 16) created new works to be shown for the first time in this exhibition.

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Harmonic Hairdoo

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Art on Friday 30 April 2010

How could you not like these crazy hair prints by Shoplifter, the artistic genius behind Bjork’s Medulla cover art hair sculpture.

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PostlerFerguson’s Paper Gun Model Kit

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Design on Tuesday 22 September 2009

London-based design studio PostlerFerguson has been creating super realistic and accurate looking paper guns and other arms. Three of them will be released by German design publisher Gestalten. So now you can make your own!

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2Unfold’s coolest laptop bag

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Fashion on Sunday 20 September 2009

I have been in search of a cool and functional laptop bag for years. This will totally be on my wish list. Designed by Hard Graft, it’s the coolest Macbook case I have seen so far. I guarantee everyone will ask: ‘where did you get this from?’

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Victoria Reynolds’s meat paintings

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Art on Sunday 13 September 2009

I look at so much art, it’s rare that I see something that ‘wows’ me. But I love bumping into that rare moment. I was doing photo research (nothing related to meat) and bumped into Victoria Reynolds’ work. WOW. Gross-ugly-beautiful. I especially love the ones in matching meaty looking frames.

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James Piatt’s awesome un-PC designs

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Fashion on Friday 28 August 2009

It’s a recession and I don’t need to buy any more handbags. But these? Umm, too awesome to pass. The ad photos are as fantastic as the products. My favorite is Pursuader. But don’t go to the airport with one!

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Imagining Mozambique at Maxalot Gallery

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Events on Saturday 22 August 2009

On August 27, a fundraising traveling group show opens at Maxalot Gallery in Amsterdam. Eleven artists from around the world were asked to create a piece that would help to enlighten the public to the every day life of the children of Mozambique, in the hope of inspiring awareness and positive action in some capacity. Some beautiful works will be on display from Marcos Chin [above], Catalina Estrada and Para, among others.

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Dinosaurs in Montana

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Products on Tuesday 11 August 2009

My studio mate and awesome comic and children’s book artist Sara Varon has teamed up with pottery artist Ayumi Horie to create a one-of-a-kind series for Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana. Get them before they’re all gone!

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Woofers

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Products on Monday 8 June 2009

Want a fantabulous room decoration and good speakers at the same time? This is it. Dutch designer Sander Mulder’s Woofers will make your room a thousand times cooler. Immediately!

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Barbie does Shanghai

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By Yuko Shimizu in Architecture on Thursday 4 June 2009

I was never a big fan of Barbie, but I would travel to Shanghai just to visit this mind-blowing castle for Barbie dolls.

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Jonathan Adler Apothecary of Emotion

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Design on Wednesday 6 May 2009

I’m in love with interior decoration designer Jonathan Adler’s Druggist Pottery collection. It is so old school, but new school, yet edgy. They’re on sale at the moment, so I just purchased a white Anger Jar. I live in New York, so I tend to have a lot of … errr … emotion to store […]

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Traditional Mexico meets contemporary design

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Design on Thursday 23 April 2009

My friend Tony and his partner Mauricio are the guys behind DFCasa, a new type of home decoration studio from Mexico City. They are working with artisans from all over the country to marry traditional craft with the latest in cool design. The outcomes are fresh, fun and edgy. If you happen to be in Mexico City this week, you can see their work at the Zona Maco contemporary art fair.

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Vania Zouravliov’s decadent gothic drawings

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Illustration on Monday 16 February 2009

Russian illustrator Vania Zouravliov’s drawings has a turn of the nineteenth to twentieth century dark gothic feel to them, mixed with the colors and styles of communist Eastern Europe and pop Asia. The result is extremely cool without being too hip.

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Bye bye Kim’s Video, see you in Sicily

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By Yuko Shimizu in Cool Travel on Tuesday 10 February 2009

I am really into Hong Kong action flicks from the 1980s and 90s. When I first moved to New York, there were a handful of curious friends who were also interested in watching movies such as City on Fire by Ringo Lam, which Reservoir Dogs was based on. How did they find videos like thus? […]

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