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Christoph Neimann LEGOs New York

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Design on Saturday 7 February 2009

Berlin-based conceptual illustrator Christoph Niemann’s recent LEGO post on the New York Times blog is fantastic. He recently moved back to Germany after eleven years in New York, and apparently, he misses the city a lot.

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Shigeo Fukuda

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Design on Friday 6 February 2009

Japan’s graphic design master Shigeo Fukuda passed away last month. Fukuda created thousands of optical illusion posters — and some installations — that are so simple, clever and memorable and kept wowing the world for nearly fifty years. Rest in peace.

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Exhibition of crochet coral in Santa Monica

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Events on Thursday 15 January 2009

After I posted those awesome Turkish knitted accessories, my illustrator friend Sarajo Frieden sent me a link to a mind-blowing show of knitted coral reefs at Gallery Track 16 in Santa Monica. I wish I could be there to see this in person!

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Turkish knitted accessories

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Fashion on Monday 12 January 2009

My friend, illustrator Ai Tatebayashi, is known for her lovely color schemes and she forwarded me the link to this beautiful handknit accessory store from Istanbul. With Etsy, we can now purchase talented designer’s work from all over the world. And I couldn’t resist, I bought a necklace-scarf and cannot wait until it comes to my door!

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Roll up, roll up to the Gilbert and George show

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Events on Saturday 10 January 2009

I woke up early yesterday to go see the fantastic Gilbert and George show at the Brooklyn Museum before its closing on Sunday. You may have seen their work in art history books. Sure the prints look good, but you really have to experience their monumentally sized photo collages in person while you still can.

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James Blagden’s neon world

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Illustration on Friday 9 January 2009

James Blagden is one of the most unique and original young illustrators out there. He is going to be big, big, BIG. And I’m so proud as I used to be his teacher! His website just got a makeover for 2009, so we checked in with him and asked him what else he’d been working on lately: ‘I’ve done some commercial work for Nike and Uniqlo and a recent editorial drawing for a Swiss magazine called Annabelle. I’ve got a couple of personal projects going as well. Hopefully I’ll stay focused long enough to finish them’.

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James Jean at New York’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Events on Wednesday 7 January 2009

My ex-roommate, better known as the young genius art star James Jean, has his first big solo show opening at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in Manhattan this weekend. The opening may get crazy packed with all the fans, but I’m sure it will worth a visit.

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Jocomomola by Sybilla

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Fashion on Sunday 4 January 2009

I am one of those typical New Yorkers who only wears black in winter. But this winter is different. With the economic crisis, and all the rest of the bad news, I have to fight the darkness in the world by wearing colors, and lots of them. Spanish designer Sybilla is known for her original designs and unique color schemes, but she is virtually unknown outside of her mother country and Japan, where she is super popular. Her younger brand Jocomomola is perfect for this gloomy winter.

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Tomer Hanuka’s recent work

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Illustration on Wednesday 24 December 2008

I have been following Tomer Hanuka’s career since, well, pretty much since he was in college. (No, I am not a stalker!) I always admired his work, but I am especially in love with his recent work, where he builds his own fantasy world with weird creatures.

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Agata Nowicka’s new website

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Illustration on Friday 19 December 2008

Polish illustration superstar, hipster mum, edgy creative director of lifestyle magazine, Exklusiv, and my best friend, Agata Nowicka’s site finally got a makeover, with tons of new exciting work. Be the first to witness the coolest of Warsaw.

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Henry Darger at the American Folk Art Museum

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Art on Friday 19 December 2008

This mini-museum is right next to that shining fortress of New York’s MOMA and always has interesting shows, is never crowded, and the works are sure to inspire you. The Folk Art Museum is best known for putting now-popular outsider artist Henry Darger under a huge spotlight. And they’re showing some of his masterpieces yet again. Don’t miss it!

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Super Hero calendar

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Products on Thursday 18 December 2008

I heard on the news that lots of people are putting their holiday shopping off. Are you one of them? If not, check out this inexpensive, well designed and fun calendar that will make every week of 2009 happy. It’s created by CIA (Central Illustration Agency), my awesome agent in the UK. And, yes, I have a featured week in November 2009.

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Time magazine Person of the Year

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Trends on Wednesday 17 December 2008

TIME magazine’s annual Person of the Year issue is coming out this week. I illustrated one of the runner-ups, but of course, I have to keep my mouth completely shut. I don’t know who is the winner though. On TIME’s website, you can see all the past covers of this most talked about issue of […]

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Benjamin Guedel

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Illustration on Thursday 11 December 2008

I always loved the powerful drawings of Benjamin Guedel, but didn’t enjoy browsing his website. Now he has a new easy to navigate site, so I can share his work with those unlucky ones who haven’t seen his drawing skills yet.

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Isol/Zypce in concert in Argentina

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By Yuko Shimizu in New Events on Sunday 7 December 2008

I went to a Isol/Zypce concert in Buenos Aires last week and fell in love with their sound. This experimental singer-songwriter brother and sister duo proves that Argentinean music is not just about Tango. Though, of course, I love Tango, too!

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