Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Design Festa-Tokyo, Japan

I'm back from Tokyo!!! It was an absolutely amazing trip...I don't even know where to start. I will concentrate on the wonderful art and design graphics that I saw-which is everywhere and absolute eye candy. One of the reasons for the visit was to attend Design Festa, which is a twice-a-year art event that is held in Tokyo. Many artists, illustrators, and designers get together in a huge space to show off their work. I originally found out about this show through Spadazzle- an artist I met online a few years ago that now lives in Japan. And we finally got to meet in person! (Thank you, Sarah!)

I wish I took more pics from the event. Here is a few that I got:
Amazing cut paper and pop-ups:
This booth was super crowded, I wanted to go back to buy something, but I didn't end up getting a chance.

This owl dude got lots of attention!

Oh my. All the food plushies anyone can dream of.

I want a plushie playhouse like this.

Creatures made from paper.

Can't go without taking a picture of a Japanese girl in a cute costume:
Mitsune Temo and The Round Earth Committee

There is just so much more-aisles and aisles of art. It was so worth it to go, as I got to see how the art trends are like in Asia. I kept thinking-what if I stayed in Asia and never moved to the US, how would my style look like then? I also felt a comaraderie of sorts; seeing fellow illustrators making awesome art.

I got to play catch-up for now, as I need to get back to business after a fabulous week in Tokyo doing no work. I bought alot of very cute things (ahem, for inspiration, ya know?) so when I get a chance to take pictures of them, I will share them here. So make sure to come back if you like kawaii stuff!


Linzie said...

i'm soooo jealous :-/

sassypackrat said...

How exciting! Can't wait to see if anything that inspired you shows up in your art.

Takis said...

Hello,I'm Takis from Mitsume Temo and the Round Earth Committee stand!
I got the link to your blog thanks to a trackback to Temo's website!

Thanks for your report! You are amazing!
I want to apologize for the english section of Temo's website, which at the moment only have a small part of the contents translated.

I'll try to finish translating everything soon!

Anyway the comic is updated once a week, every Friday with a new issue every week.

Please come back and bring fans to Temo!!!

Thanks for your amazing report and for the link to our website!


Renee Kurilla said...

Jannie these pictures are awesome! Many props to the owl man for wearing that mask!
Can't wait to see how the Design Festa inspired you.

Julissa said...

That's so awesome! I am truly jealous, but thanks so much for sharing...I'll live vicariously through your pictures :P

Kathy Weller said...

How do you say JEALOUS in Japanese??? Just kidding!! Looks like a wonderful time!

kishira said...

Thankyou for visited our booth ! Your illustration is cute! I like it !

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Lisa M Griffin said...

Wow! This looks amazing, so much eye candy. Thanks for sharing.

Rie said...

Hi Jannie,
Great pictures!
I like the owl so much.