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DESIGN FESTA at SHINJUKU TOKYU HANDS (5th floor until 5th)

May 27th, 2011 Nigel 1 comment

Today i went up to the 5th floor of Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku to join DF staff member Kenny amidst the highly original artwork of the following invited DF artists…..Kuwana, Yuki Togo, Akira Saiki, Kasumi Go, Takahashi Fumi, Yuri Nakagawa,Sunomoto,Marie Imamoto, Haruna Imai, Yuki Kobayashi as TADECOCO, Tsuchifumazu, Jinpo Satoshi, Naoko Shisa & Akane Udagawa !!

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and a few comments from some of the artists themselves……..

AKANE UDAGAWA

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“I’ve been here everyday….it’s really relaxed, everybody has been so kind to me! Today i have had many positive comments from visitors and i have also been able to sell some masks, handkerchiefs and a bag! I’m really happy with this opportunity!”

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NAOKO SHISA

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“This collaboration presents a different opportunity, a different atmosphere and a totally different type of visitor! Really interesting i’ve talked to many people casually, in fact the longest conversation was for over an hour! Im surprised by the way visitors in this situation differ so much from say visitors in an art gallery environment, it’s really enjoyable!”

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YUKI KOBAYASHI / TADECOCO

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“It’s the first time i’ve had the chance to exhibit my works in a department store, so exciting! , I’ve talked to loads of interesting people!

Yuki’s next exhibition will be “some gallery” in Koenji from the 1st until the 6th and will feature CD jacket artwork for a well-known musician!

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and a look at some of the other fantastic art on display (random order)

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DESIGN FESTA at YODEX Young Designers Exhibition Taiwan!

May 26th, 2011 Nigel No comments

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Last week DF manager Takeshi and staff member Yeeki set out for Taipei in order to promote DFG and our Big Sight Events to over 40,000 people attending this frenetic event! Over 5000 flyers were handed out and hopefully we will be seeing some of Taiwan’s rising design stars at our next event Vol 34!

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DESIGN FESTA at SHIBUYA TOKYU HANDS!! 5/23-6/5!

May 26th, 2011 Nigel No comments

That’s right as part of a fabulous DFG/Tokyo Hands collaboration over 40 Design Festa artists will be exhibiting at the following Tokyo Hands branches Shinjuku Takashimaya, Ikebukuro and Shibuya! Today i ventured down to Shibuya to have a look see myself…….

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The following artists are currently exhibiting at Shibuya’s Tokyo Hands …….Aya Katano, Madoka Sasaki, Manami Oikawa, Bridge Buttyo Quest (Bridgeshiphouse & Buttyo) Kyoko Kurita, Yumones, Click Clack, Miji, Nonaka Kishi, Chihiro Ueda, Fu*ka, JellyFishMan, Yuri Sakagami, Urara Mitsushio & Miki Yuki, Hugman & Hama 158cm………

Today i caught up with Aya Katano

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“This is a GREAT opportunity for me! Im very glad to have been invited!”

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artist and DFG muralist YUMONES

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“It’s wonderful! I7m really happy to be here!, I’ve had a lot of positive feedback and interest from visitors!”

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artist Kyoko Kurita

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and artist Hama 158cm!

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HAMA & AYA GET TOGETHER!

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and in no particular order a look at some of the other fantastic work on display!……..

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COLABO2 west 1D until 30th

May 26th, 2011 Nigel No comments

As the title suggests this is a collaboration between 2 regular and very colourful DFG artists Tama

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and Makiko………..

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From KOREA WEENU PRESENTS “ART +PLAY” east 101 until Mon23

May 20th, 2011 Nigel No comments

Featuring a stunning 13 member group collaboration of Korean contemporary arts & crafts creators, organized by WEENU whose site can be found at http://www.weenu.com and is well worth a visit in itself!

Weenu will also be joining forces with Design Festa next year to exhibit jointly at the Seoul Design Fair further details of which we’ll keep you posted on……….

until then……..

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“a humans dinner” west 1G until the 23rd……

May 19th, 2011 Nigel No comments

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featuring the artwork of 4 friends , Chihiro Tokuda (jellyfish) (above) , Marina Sakai (photo), Rie Ichii (cloth & dish), Yuji Kunitomo (skull-lamp) in an extremely well balanced and effective collaboration………….

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this jellyfish is actually a candle!

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DFVOL33 CHARITY POSTCARD EXHIBITION CONTINUES at DFG!

May 19th, 2011 Nigel No comments

Due to an overwhelming response both from contributing artists and the kindness of visitors to our recent Big Sight VOL33 event who purchased so many original art postcards (¥100) in an effort to raise funds to donate to the Japanese Red Cross we have decided to continue this worthy effort at the Design Festa Gallery until July! SO IF YOU WANT ORIGINAL ART POSTCARDS AND WISH TO HELP WITH EARTHQUAKE RELIEF EFFORTS PICK UP A FEW POSTCARDS ON YOUR NEXT VISIT TO THE GALLERY!! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!

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(apologies for the quality of the photos below but each postcard is enclosed in plastic!)

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seen above just a few of the many fantastic and generous contributions from Design Festa artists!

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