weekend

World Class Creators - An exhibition by A-GENT Tokyo

How often do you get artists like Beci Orpin, Andrew Joyce, Chrissie Abbott, Craig & Karl and many more all together for a show? 

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An exhibition which gathered some of the finest illustrators and artists from around the world. A show put together by A-GENT Tokyo at Harajuku, it housed various styles and themes that were totally inspiring. 

I was lucky and happy to be able to catch Beci Orpin, one artist that I adore. Her playful use of colours and graphics, her work adds fun and colour to any space! She showed me to her installation and told me about her collaboration with Who Gives A Crap, a socially conscious toilet paper company in Melbourne. Who Gives A Crap contributes 50% of all their profits to building toilets in the developing world so check them out! What Beci did was she turned boring white toilet paper into craft projects for each. You can get these colourful toilet rolls from Who Gives A Crap website. 

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Next illustrator is someone who draws up Tokyo, London, and more! Andrew Joyce, based in Tokyo is the person behind the Tokyo Metro poster illustration. His distinctive outline and colour can be seen in his work. View more of his work here.

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Iris Hatzfeld is an illustrator and animator based in Paris. Her pop yet realistic portraits were trendy yet soft. She does very interest animations too! 

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Works of the twin combi, Maricor Maricar were also at the show and it was very intriguing to see how detailed each embroidery piece.

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Works from Craig & Karl were total eye candy! Each visual graphic piece they produce are fun, bold and kaleidoscopic in their own way! 

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Compact yet spacious, the exhibition is housed on 3 levels with works filling most walls.

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That was one super inspiring afternoon at Cat Street, Harajuku! It certainly made me want to work even harder, push myself further to explore and break boundaries of what I am doing! Illustration is subjective but is often a lifelong project of self-challenge.

Looking forward to a show like this again in future! 

Pigment at Tennozu Isle, Tokyo

Made a trip to Pigment at Tennozu Isle, off Shinagawa seaside after reading the report by Colossal.

Walls of pigment crystals, pigment binders and mixers, papers and brushes, it's like a wonderland of Colours!

Learnt so much on Colours and materials and textures!

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These walls of pigments are harvested from mineral rocks of different Colours and shades.

A mineral rock sample. What Colours do you see?  

A mineral rock sample. What Colours do you see?  

Colours and shades 

Colours and shades 

I never knew there were that many shades of colour(and rocks)! Some so close that was tough for me to differentiate them.

Walls of jars of pigments! 

Walls of jars of pigments! 

Within the traditional tools we spotted a new brush that doesn't quite look like one because it's a finger brush! It comes in all finger and brush sizes of small to large too!

Paint with your fingers with the finger brush  

Paint with your fingers with the finger brush  

Staff working at the store are real artists and they were so friendly in telling us more about each item and letting us try them out at the free space at the back of the store.

The lovely Mslatenightjam trying out the finger brush.  

The lovely Mslatenightjam trying out the finger brush.  

Papers dated back a long time in China as well as Japan. For Japanese painting, a variety of papers can be found of different textures and thickness with some really fancy ones with little gold leaves in them.

Japanese sumi art paper  

Japanese sumi art paper  

They also have an enormous collection of handmade brushes for Japanese painting. Some really micro-thin and some as thick as my domestic broom! These are all handmade by traditional craftsmen.

Walls of brushes of different shapes and sizes  

Walls of brushes of different shapes and sizes  

One particular item caught my eye and stole my heart. Not a brush but a glass capillary pen in bamboo! It's so incredibly light and it draws so well, better than any fountain pen! So addictive that we couldn't stop doodling with that! I regret not taking a video of the awesome-ness of it.

A Japanese craft TV program the other day featured the full glass pen (different from the one below) and they were so much in demand that it's a long waitlist!

The glass capillary pen in bamboo. On my wish list now! :P

The glass capillary pen in bamboo. On my wish list now! :P

So we kept trying out tools and paints. No doubt the best way to learn is to actually do, or use things! So here's our masterpiece with the paints!

Our masterpiece! (Towards the left)  

Our masterpiece! (Towards the left)  

Thank you to Mslatenightjam for coming out with me to Pigment!

Pigment is a must visit for all who love colours! They also host workshops by art professionals so keep a lookout!

Day Trip to Kamakura seaside

Made a trip to Kamakura last weekend, hoping to catch some autumn foliage though I was a little early for it. Nevertheless, it was beautiful!

Colourful traditional crafts, reinvented

Colourful traditional crafts, reinvented

Little Broom as a good luck charm for   expecting mothers

Little Broom as a good luck charm for   expecting mothers

Traditional sweet snack store

Traditional sweet snack store

Imabari towel store

Imabari towel store

Eclairs on chalk

Eclairs on chalk

My Favourite Japanese Dessert, Anmitsu!  

My Favourite Japanese Dessert, Anmitsu!  

As an illustrator, I just adore hand drawn signages.  

As an illustrator, I just adore hand drawn signages.  

Pacific drive in along the coast. Somewhat reminds me of California!  

Pacific drive in along the coast. Somewhat reminds me of California!  

Beach houses by the Bay.  

Beach houses by the Bay.  

One of my Favourite objects to shoot in Japan, the cables and lights. 

One of my Favourite objects to shoot in Japan, the cables and lights. 

That's the Sagamihara Bay towards the great Pacific Ocean

That's the Sagamihara Bay towards the great Pacific Ocean

Sunset along the coast with Enoshima. 

Sunset along the coast with Enoshima. 

Catching the sunset on paper before it is gone! It was too cloudy to see Mount Fuji at the back. 

Catching the sunset on paper before it is gone! It was too cloudy to see Mount Fuji at the back. 

An old man came and asked about my painting and gave me a photo of Diamond Fuji, where the sun sets on Mount Fuji, taken on the same spot where I was at!  

An old man came and asked about my painting and gave me a photo of Diamond Fuji, where the sun sets on Mount Fuji, taken on the same spot where I was at!  

Tokyo's green backyard

Made a day trip to probably Tokyo's best kept secret, Okutama(奥多摩).

Lush greenery and mountains with winding rivers, I was in for a great time in the woods just 1.5 hours away from bustling Shinjuku by the local train.

Bear on Tokyo? Yes beware!  

Bear on Tokyo? Yes beware!  

Crisp clean air surrounded by lush greenery and sounds of the flowing river

Crisp clean air surrounded by lush greenery and sounds of the flowing river

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Reflection of the Red bridge  

Reflection of the Red bridge  

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Local handmade soba and tempura with Kinoko steamed rice

Local handmade soba and tempura with Kinoko steamed rice

Fresh wasabi for sale

Fresh wasabi for sale

Drawing to Go with Mariya Suzuki

Had my first experience drawing on coffee cups with lots of fun and artists last Saturday at Shibuya's FabCafe "Drawing to Go" !

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Naming my cups! 

Naming my cups! 

Mariya Suzuki on how she started drawing on coffee cups. 

Mariya Suzuki on how she started drawing on coffee cups. 

And so I did 2 of the interiors of FabCafe. 

And so I did 2 of the interiors of FabCafe. 

Also a cup roll of Shibuya! 

Also a cup roll of Shibuya! 

All the cups were on exhibition till Sunday!  

All the cups were on exhibition till Sunday!