Temari, meaning ‘hand ball’ in Japanese, are embroidered toy balls constructed from remnants of old kimonos. It’s a folk art form that originated in China and introduced to Japan in 7th century AD. These were often given to children as gifts by their elders on New Year’s Day as the balls symbolize loyalty and true […]
These stunning woodcuts from 18th and 19th century Japan are a beautiful testament of everyday life during that time. Housed online in the NYPL Digital Gallery, the series was made in the Ukiyo-e school, which means ‘pictures of the floating world’ in English. The series depicts characters from all walks of life. Everything from celebrities, sumo wrestlers, […]
Don’t freak out! Those dancing stuffed animals aren’t demon possessed. They just so happen to be a set of speakers for your MP3 player that sing and dance along to the music. Japanese doll-maker Iriiri and IDEA International teamed up to create these slightly bizarre, one-of-a-kind lip-syncing dolls. Watch a video of the little guys in action.
Gone are the days of messy crafting projects that look worse and cost much more then simply buying it from the store. With the rise of Pinterest, the internet has become much better at producing DIY projects that are simple, smart, and eco friendly. My favourite for the day is this set of sleek cardboard […]
As illustration goes, an inspirational genius has got to be Shohei Otomo from Tokyo, Japan. Genius is not a word I like to use in this day and age, but when work looks this good, created with only a paper-mate ballpoint pen, the term is justified.
If you don’t look closely, you might just miss the majesty of these mini masterpieces. Japanese artist Takahiro Iwasaki has taken the technique of surprise guerrilla art and reinvented it on a whole new, micro level. These delicate sculptures are like tiny fair rides, mountains, and towers for little ants and lady bugs.
I find it hard to put into words what I like about certain photographers without sounding like a pretentious wanker. There’s something effortlessly profound about Rinko’s work, capturing the kind of images that Terrence Malick can only dream about. I think the word Americans would use to describe it is ‘awesome’.
Supakitch and Koralie started off as two street artists in France until they found each other and united. The artist couple creates work consisting of many different materials and layers, which are heavily influenced by Japanese art and animation.
I just can’t get enough of Hikari Shimoda’s work. Using traditional media (oil and canvas), this Japanese artist creates very delicate yet disturbing compositions of eerie children. If you can, be sure to check her solo exhibition at Hellion Gallery in Portland between November 3 – 29.
Anna The Red was born in Japan and now lives in New York. She makes art you can eat. Her Bento boxes feature characters from Dr Suess, Studio Ghibli and Maurice Sendak. I’m not sure whether I want to eat them, or leave them on the mantelpiece to look at until the ants claim them.
Seiko Tachibana is a Japanese born, San Francisco artist who beautifully blends the juxtapositions of her experience in her work. Taditional tendencies with a modern approach, excellent use of negative space, and the boldness to work in large formats, her art to me seems so respectful of traditions while offering a glimpse of a design […]
The Japan Society is doing an exhibition that everyone should see, even if you can only experience it online. Called Bye Bye Kitty!!!, it offers fifteen artists, working in painting, sculpture, installation, photography, and video. But the point is to skewer the whole cult of cuteness in Japanese art called Kawaii. We’ve all seen this: the big eyes, the pert nose, the high voices, the spry animals.
Whoa! A super-talented Japanese artist, who goes by the name of Sue, creates these intricate banana sculptures using her hands and toothpicks. Her portfolio spans dragon, zombie and superhero creations.