DESIGNER DAILY

yayoi kusama

Posted in art by roseJ on November 24, 2009

Japanese artist, 1929 – present

Yayoi Kusama is one of my favorite artists who emerged in the 60s, hailing from Matsumoto Japan. Her paintings, sculptures and installations all revolve around her mad obsession with repetition, infinity, pattern and accumulation. She is an interesting character due to her mental illness – she had experienced hallucinations and severe obsessive thoughts since childhood, often in a suicidal nature.

Polka dots, “infinity nets”, flowers,and later, penises became a clear obsession of hers in her work. She is often part of her own work- as the key figure in an installation or as part of a painting or photograph. She moved to New York when she was 27 and became a strong force in the art world, competing with Andy Warhol for media attention.

here is a video of kusama at work:

yayoi kusama, revolutionary avant-garde artist

kenzo takada

Posted in FASHION by roseJ on October 25, 2009
japanese fashion designer from paris born in 1939
became famous in the 70s

kenzo is the the first japanese fashion designer to be recognized by the almost unattainable and extremely elite parisian fashion world in the 1970s. he moved to paris from japan in 1964 as a freelance designer, and in 1970 he opened his first store called “jungle jap” –which was a tremendous hit for its exotic and fantastic style.
he helped revolutionize the concept of ready-to-wear — stylish wearable clothing–along with peers karl lagerfeld and sonia rykiel. he innovated design by combining japanese patterned fabrics with parisian flea market finds to create an assembled but modernistic layered look.
his signature look is: colorful, vivacious, exotic and ethnically-inspired, folklore

a bit too frilly and fussy for me, as i tend to like more structure, form and solid colors, but very inspirational nonetheless in the way the patterns are used together and the happy and carefree feeling that the looks create. the newer pieces with more solid bright colors are a little bit of a departure from his older work but interesting in the way odd colors are combined to create an almost playful and childlike visual image.

kenzo and a power plate he designed