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Posts Tagged ‘japan’

An interview with Nanae Kawahara: Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion featured artist.

Meet Nanae Kawahara, she's a Japanese illustrator who creates fantastical scenes influenced by a love of Kawaii and the Gothic.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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Nanae Kawahara is yet another talented Camberwell College of Arts graduate who has produced art for my colouring book. Her imaginative underwater scene features mermaids and all the creatures of the sea... Find her art in Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion, funding on Kickstarter now!

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Why is Japanese culture so full of images and tales of the sea?
I never thought about how Japanese culture is full of images and tales of the sea... maybe because I am Japanese? I guess Japan is full of nature and technology and it has never been dominated by other countries, so Japanese people have a very different character... it's hard to answer this!

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In Basho’s Footsteps: the art of Anya Gleizer and writing of Pablo Fernández Velasco

This intriguing artistic collaboration will be crowdfunded on Kickstarter: find out more about how you can get involved below.

Written by Amelia Gregory

In Bashos Footsteps, The Hunt. This summer artist Anya Gleizer and writer Pablo Fernández Velasco set off on an adventure inspired by the life and travels of the Japanese poet […]

Butterflies, Swans, Stars and Tiaras: An interview with beaded jewellery designer Clara Francis

In this super inspiring interview jewellery designer Clara Francis talks about her career, motherhood and plans for the future. With loads of wonderful photos and illustrations too.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Clara Francis Necklace by Rebecca May Illustration. Clara Francis and I first spoke about doing an interview when she had just given birth to her youngest and I was pregnant […]

An interview with Japanese embroidery artist Kaoru Hirota of HIPOTA

A look at the adorable, miniature creations of embroidery artist Kaoru Hirota, the needle behind the brand HIPOTA

Written by Jessica Cook

It wasn’t that long ago that I watched The Secret World of Arrietty (2010), the Japanese, Studio Ghibli refresh of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers, and looking at Hipota‘s petite, crafted […]

An interview with Japanese singer Cuushe about the making of Girl / You Know That I am Here / But the Dream

Three years after the release of her captivating debut album Red Rocket Telepathy, contemporary Japanese dream-pop singer Cuushe is back with a new EP of bewitching remixes...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Cuushe by Sam Parr. Japanese singer Cuushe releases an extended EP, Girl / You Know That I am Here / But the Dream, featuring remixes of her dreamy vocals set […]

An interview with illustrator Justin Wallis aka MILKBBI, as featured in Amelia’s Anthology of Illustration

The charming US based illustrator Justin Wallis featured in my first book of illustration back in 2009, and since then he's been incredibly busy...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Space Girl notebook from MILKBBI shop. Arkansas based Justin Wallis featured in my first book of illustration. Since then he’s been expanding his MILKBBI online product empire, as well as […]

Live Review: Laura J Martin at the Lexington

Ahead of the release of her debut album, the precociously talented Liverpudlian and self confessed “folkie weirdie beardie (without the beardie)” graces the stage at the Lexington on Wednesday 4th January 2012.

Written by Richard Pearmain

Illustration by Sam Parr At a time of year when live music is usually thin on the ground, Fortuna Pop’s trio of Winter Sprinters at the Lexington gave the grateful […]

Introducing Pocket Full O’Posies, the new S/S 2012 collection by Kelly Love

The new S/S 2012 collection from Australian designer Kelly Love is romantically retro and beautifully desirable.

Written by Amelia Gregory

We first encountered the new collection by Kelly Love at the Fashion Capital Profile event in November last year, where the beautiful floral print sandwashed silk lounge wear designed by […]

Fashion Philosophy Fashion Week Poland Off Out Of Schedule S/S 2012 in Łódź: Jacek Klosinski - Hyakinth

Jacek Klosinski's Hyakinth collection for men was shown on the Off Schedule catwalk on Saturday 29th October 2011. A small but accomplished range of menswear with intricate detailing and fine accessories.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jacek Klosinski S/S 2012 by Mateusz Napieralski. Jacek Klosinski presented his Hyakinth clothing range for men first thing on Saturday morning. Models wore their wet look hair long over their deathly […]

Shonen Knife at the Scala: Live Review

Cult Japanese all-girl pop-punk trio return to London for their 30th anniversary party on Sunday 11th September 2011

Written by Richard Pearmain

Shonen Knife by Sally Jane Thompson After a month long tour around Europe which kicked off in, of all places, Brixton’s Windmill, Shonen Knife arrived at the Scala for their […]

Beautiful Soul collaborates with ACOFI illustrator Faye West for A/W 2011: Painting by Numbers

English Rose meets Japanese style in the new collection from Nicola Woods, which features heritage tailored coats made from British wool and some delightful printed silk dresses featuring designs from ACOFI illustrator Faye West.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Swallow and Dog Rose print design for Beautiful Soul by Faye West. Painting by Numbers is the A/W 2011 collection from Beautiful Soul, featuring gorgeous textile prints put together by […]

Paint it! Make it! Party for Japan – an illustrated report by Emma Block

Illustration Rally holds their first ever event. Cakes are eaten, beautiful things are made and money is raised for Japan. All illustrations by Emma Block.

Written by Emma Block

Illustration by Emma Block. In the wake of the tsunami that hit Japan in March, the online community rushed to find a way to help. Illustration Rally, run by Natsuki […]

Cakes for Japan: tips for fundraising from Miss Cakehead

Last Friday the inaugural Cakes for Japan bake sale to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross took place at Maiden on Shoreditch High Street. Here's how it went, and advice on how to run your own fundraiser.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Cakes for Japan by Suzzle. All photography by Amelia Gregory. If you think the weather has been bitterly cold and windy then spare a thought for the beleaguered Japanese… currently […]

Curating Yamamoto: An interview with Ligaya Salazar, the V&A’s Yohji Yamamoto exhibition curator

Curator of the V&A's Yohji Yamamoto retrospective Ligaya Salazar speaks exclusively to Natascha Nanji about her selection process, the themes she's chosen and all about the legendary designer himself…

Written by Natascha Nanji

Illustration by Gareth A Hopkins This spring, the V&A presents a unique exhibition dedicated to the Grand Master Japanese couturier, Yohji Yamamoto. The exhibition will celebrate his life and work, […]

Fashion in Motion at the V&A: KENZO

In the latest of a series of public catwalk events in the Raphael Gallery at the V&A, Kenzo's magical circus comes to town, via Sardinia…

Written by Matt Bramford

Illustration by Darren Fletcher Another Friday, another weekend at the V&A. This time around it was to attend the latest event in the Fashion in Motion series, which on this […]

Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at the Barbican

The Barbican celebrates three decades of the Japanese avant-garde, featuring grand masters Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake and many, many more!

Written by Matt Bramford

Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons 1997, illustrated by Faye West The next few months are an absolute treat for fashion fans – there are exhibitions popping up all over the place. […]

A live shoot with photographer Ellis Scott

Fashion photographer Ellis Scott hosted a live shoot at the Spot Communications pop-up showroom last week, and here are the results…!

Written by Matt Bramford

Ellis Scott, illustrated by Jess Stokes So, if the last few days are anything to go by, it seems we won’t be getting the long hot summer we were promised, […]

An interview with jewellery designer Kyoko Hashimoto

Amelie Skoda has a chat with Berlin-based jeweller Kyoko Hashimoto about her new store and design space, her inspiration and Berlin itself…

Written by Amelie Skoda

Jeweller Kyoko Hashimoto has just opened a new shop/studio in Berlin called We Are All Made of Stuff. Born in Japan, Kyoko grew up in Australia and studied jewellery design […]

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At War for the Whales: Part 2

A couple of weeks ago Amelia's published Part One of Wietse's fascinating account of his time onboard the Sea Shepherd, an anti whaling ship. The journey continues here...

Written by Wietse Van Der Werf

The Japanese harpoon ship, Shonan Maru No 2 appears behind the iceberg (photo credit: Barbara Veiga / Sea Shepherd) It has been an eventful couple of months at sea and most […]

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At War for the Whales: #1 Heading Out

At the end of last year, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society headed for confrontation with a whaling fleet in the freezy waters of the Antarctic. The aim was to non-violently shut down the fleet which looks to kill 950 whales illegaly. Wietse Van Der Werf reports...

Written by Wietse Van Der Werf

The M/V Steve Irwin looks for a way out of a dense field of icebergs (Photo: Eric Cheng / Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) As a young kid, I was always […]