¡Capitán Canoodle en México!

Hi everybody!Eun-Ha Paek + Sara Varon + Aya Kakeda = Captain Canoodle We are having an exhibition at Rojo Bermelo Gallery in Mexico City, opening June 27!!  There will be Prints!  Posters!  Papier-mache masks!  A mural!  And New Products! Be there or be a pear! (http://www.canoodle.milky.org/)

Here are some sneak preview of what we've been working on!

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The Cotton Candy Machine Gallery "Tiny Trifeca" Group Show

2 1 3Hello,Next Saturday in Brooklyn, there is an group show opening, Come and hang out!

Opening Event Saturday June 15th 7 to 11pm Pre Registration begins at 4pm at The Cotton Candy Machine Gallery (235 South 1st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 )

Tiny Trifeca June 15th - July 7th, 2013 The 3rd annual Tiny Trifecta show!!

Featuring THREE tiny pieces of $100 art from each artist!

Kid Acne, Jessicka Addams, Aiko, Andrew Bell, Heather Benjamin, Florence Blanchard, Robert Bowen, Jon Burgerman, Iain Burke, Zoe Byland, You Byun, Victor Castillo, Deedee Cheriel, Luke Chueh, Ciou, Becky Cloonan, Troy Coulterman, Molly Crabapple, Lana Crooks, Camilla d'Errico, Dilek Baykara, Steven Daily, Ron English, Brian Ewing, Natalia Fabia, P-Jay Fidler, AJ Fosik, Lola Gil, Gris Grimley, Jason Holley, Thomas Hooper, Jim Houser, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Charlie Immer, Jordin Isip, Jeremyville, Lyejm Kallas-Lewis, Aya Kakeda, Audrey Kawasaki, Farron Kerzner, Kozyndan, Henry Lewis, Travis Louie, David Mack, Steve Manale, Malojo, Sara Antoinette Martin, Tara McPherson, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Moki, Buff Monster, Tomi Monstre, Michael Motorcycle, Lori Nelson, Saelee Oh, Kathie Olivas, Alex Pardee, Brandt Peters, Shaunna Peterson, Joshua Petker, Anthony Pontius, Martha Rich, Arik Roper, Paul Romano, Frank Russo, Martina Russo, Mark Ryden, Souther Salazar, Isabel Samaras, Scarecrowoven, Jon Schnepp, Shawnimals, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Amy Sol, Diana Sudyka, L'Amour Supreme, Jill Thompson, Yosuke Ueno, Adam Wallacavage, Jonathan Wayshack and Chet Zar.

Curated by Tara McPherson

Photos from Opening at MF gallery

Hi!MF gallery opening was success!!! Here are some pictures from the opening. Thank you so much for friends who came out that night, you totally made my night! Exhibition is still up till May 31st, if you missed the opening and please come and visit! MF Gallery : 213 Bond street, Brooklyn, NY1 5 9 20 14 10 13 25 12 22 16 23artistslove! a&m l&a&a k&y d&j cg c&j c martina a&e&k a&2m a&a3 a&n&cn&a studio_girl_shot

"Micro-chan" show opening April 13th at MF gallery, Brooklyn

inviHello!Hope everyone is having a great Spring. I'm showing my new series "Micro-chan" at MF gallery opening on Saturday April 13th!  There will be new paintings, ceramics, and drawings about micro-chan, little girls who live in everyone's body! It's a 3 female artists show with very talented Nicoz Balboa and Angie Mason. Please come by for the opening reception it will be great to see you!

Here is the info: April 13th -May 31st, 2013 Opening Party : Saturday April 13th from 7 to 10 pm Nicoz Balboa, Aya Kakeda and Angie Mason at MF Gallery 213 Bond Street, between Butler and Baltic Streets in the Gowanus area of Brooklyn, NY *at the opening all three artists will be doing Live Mural Painting More info: http://www.facebook.com/events/250564375080685

March 11th Memorial --- 2 year since Earthquake in Japan

FxCam_1362940953458Hi.March 11th became a big day for Japanese people since the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan two years ago this day. Yesterday me and my friends (we have a group call tsuru project ) gathered in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and had an origami tsuru installation and origami work shop as a memorial. It was a bright and sunny day and it was so peaceful to just watch our colorful origami and ornaments swinging in the wind! The circle ornaments are made by the kindergarten kids and teacher in Fukushima, Japan. Thank you everybody who stopped by yesterday and made origami with us! And big thank you for everyone around the world who helped and supported Japan when it was in the darkest days! Love, Aya

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HongKong Christmas!

Happy Holidays Everyone!I've been working on this project since late summer and finally it's done! It's a holiday installation in a department store in Hong Kong. I designed the background and the characters, and some products for their holiday season.  Here are some pictures and the original sketches!

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If you know anyone in Hong Kong please pass it along. Here are the info: Dec 21st 2012 - January 6th 2013 Tai Po Mega Mall, Hong Kong Christmas installation http://www.taipomegamall.shkp.com.hk/20121203104354_field10TPMM_Dec_2012R4_AW_08-01 Here are more fun photos they sent me with model!

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Printed Matter show at Giant Robot LA

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Printed Matter – A Show of Multiples Dec 17-Jan 9th, 2013

Reception Saturday, December 22th 2012, 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. Giant Robot 2 2062 Sawtelle Blvd.Los Angeles, CA 90025 gr2.net (310) 445-9276

Andrice Arp, Apak, Aya Kakeda, Bigfoot, Bradford Lynn, Bubi Au Yeung, Christopher Chan, Dan McCarthy, Danni Shinya Luo, Darth Rimmer, David Horvath, Deth P Sun, Elliot Brown, Gabe Gonzales, Gary Musgrave, James Chong, Jay Horinouchi, Jay Ryan, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah La Torre, Jesse LeDoux, Jesse Tise, Jiyoung Moon, Kaori Kasai, Ken Taya, Kerry Horvath, Kevin Luong, Kio Griffith, Louise Chen, Mare Odomo, Mari Inukai, Mark Ingram, Masato Nakada, Miso, Nick Arciaga, Sara Saedi, Sashiko Yuen, Scott Wilkowski, Seonna Hong, Shawn Cheng, Shawnimals, Shihori Nakayama, Sidney Pink, Stasia Burrington, Tessar Lo, Tru Nguyen, Yejin Oh, Yumi Sakugawa

Ready for Society of Illustrators show / Annual book

poster_framedBali_dreamAll Framed and ready to go! I have 3 pieces in Society of illustrators show and their annual book. "Hanabi Monster", "Amarillo poster", and "Bali Dream"

"Hanabi Monster" silk screen poster was made for the events this Summer for Rojo Bermelo in Mexico City + Monterrey (Mexico)

"Amarillo Poster" silk screen poster was made for my exhibition at Amarillo design center in Xalapa (Mexico) also this summer.

I'm very happy that those two got selected because they are my favorite clients and my dear friends, and I the Mexico trip this summer for me was the high light of this year :)  Thank you Rojo Bermelo and Amarillo!

"Bali dream" is a large size gouache painting on wooden panel made for 3 person exhibition "Creamy Cat" at the Lower East Side this Fall. This is a personal piece which I got inspiration from visiting Indonesia this May. I'm making this series bigger now so it's a nice encouragement patting my back from society of illustrators.

Here is the info for the exhibition, please come if you are in the area!

January 4th - 26th, 2013 Illustrators 55 - part 1- at the Museum of American Illustration, Society of Illustrators NY (Opening: January 4th 6pm-)

Some photos from Creamy Cat show

My new Bali Dream paintings and Kokeshi Dolls were exhibited for this "Creamy Cat" Show.  Also some goods and books were sold at the opening last Saturday.I was so happy having show with Michiko Horie and Helina Raak!  Their art works were fantastic and us 3 fit very well in this show! with Michiko Horie and Helina Raak, we all had cat ears for the event! Many people and friends came out to the opening! THANK YOUUUUUU!!!! Thank you so much for coming out!  and Special thank you to Yana who made this fantastic cat pattern dress!!! (her shop--->http://www.supayana.com/)

Opening Sept 15th in New York

Hello!Please join us for the opening for the new group show with Michiko Horie, Helina Raak, and Aya Kakeda next Saturday the 15th. We will have new paintings, sculptures and pop up store (only for the opening) where we have toys, prints, books and etc.

"Creamy Cat" Sept 15 - 30th at Gallery One Twenty Eight, NYC Opening: Sept 15th 7-9pm 128 Rivington Street, LES, NY

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 at The Japanese American National Museum

Hello.I'm part of this customize figure exhibition, come by if you are in L.A!

GIANT ROBOT BIENNALE 3 SEPTEMBER 23 - JAN 20, 2013 RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 22 at The Japanese American National Museum http://www.janm.org/

The Japanese American National Museum presents Giant Robot Biennale 3, its third show in conjunction with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture juggernaut Giant Robot. The expansive show features a gallery of eight emerging artists along with a customized vinyl figure collection.

Artists for the project: 64 Colors, A Little Stranger, Aaron Brown, Angry Woebots, Arbito, Atsushi Honda, Aya Kakeda, Bert Gatchalian, Betso, Brent Nolasco, Bwana Spoons, Camilla d’Errico, Chuckboy, Clement Hanami, Cris Rose, D-Lux, Darth Rimmer, David Horvath, Yukinori Dehara, DrilOne, Edwin Ushiro, Elizabeth Ito, Fakir, Frank Mysterio, Gary Ham, Harpoon, Helena Garcia, J*Ryu, Jason Limon, Jeff Lamm, Jeni Yang, Jeremiah Ketner, Jesse Hernandez, Joe Hahn, Joe Ledbetter, Josh Herbolsheimer, Julie West, kaNO, Kat Brunegraff, Kio Griffith, Kiyoshi, Kohei Yamashita, Koji Harmon, Leecifer, Le Merde, Len Higa, Lou Pimentel, Luke Chueh, Luke Rook, Lunabee, Mari Inukai, Mark Nagata, Martin Hsu, Meat Bun, Miso, Nakanari, Nathan Ota, Nebulon5, Nick Arciaga, Noferin, Okkle, Oliver Hibert, Bob Conge – Plaseebo, Podgy Panda, Reactor 88, Rohby, Sarah Neyhart, Scott Tolleson, Scott Wilkowski, Shane Jessup, Shawnimals, Danni Shinya Luo, Spanky Stokes, Spencer Hibert, Squink!, Stasia Burrington, Tado, Tara Logsdon, Tiffany Liu, Tristan Eaton, UAMOU, Valerie Gudell, YoskayYamamoto.

Dia de Muerto custom figure judge

Hello!I will be judging upcoming "Dia de Muerto custom figure contest" in Mexico City. Looking forward to see your art works!

Here is the info: (sorry it's in Spanish)

“Pélame los dientes”


  • En la compra de un Munny o amigo de Munny de 7 pulgadas se hará el registro de tu participación en el concurso
  • Tema: Día de Muertos (No Halloween, no zombies, no monstruos)
  • Técnica: libre
  • El diseño debe ser único y original
  • Se aceptarán hasta 2 piezas por participante
  • Fecha de entrega: sábado 20 de octubre 2012. No se aceptarán piezas posterior a esa fecha
  • Si son foráneos el costo del envío corre por cuenta del participante y la devolución de la pieza se hará por cuenta de la tienda
  • Enviar fotografías en formato JPG, resolución de 150 dpi, tamaño mínimo 800 pixeles de ancho, foto frontal, perfil y posterior. Enviar a concurso@sktienda.com.mx
  • Se deberá entregar una ficha técnica con los siguientes datos:
    • No. de Registro (El cual proporcionaremos al comprar tu DIY)
    • Nombre
    • Alias
    • Email
    • Título
    • Técnica
    • Precio (Solo si aplica)

Los 3 primeros lugares serán seleccionados por el jurado que calificará originalidad, técnica y calidad:


  • Aya Kakeda (Ilustradora, artista visual y diseñadora de juguetes de arte / Japón)
  • El Hooligan (Customizador / México)
  • Kidrobot (Productor y distribuidor de juguetes de diseño / E.U.)
  • Rey Chemo (Coleccionista de juguetes de diseñador / México)
  • Sarukaku (Tienda especializada en Art toys / México)

more info : http://www.artoy.com.mx/concurso-de-art-toy-pelame-los-dientes/

Group Show at Cotton Candy Machine in NY --- July 7th

Hello!I have 3 ceramic pieces for Tara's gallery Cotton Candy Machine. This show is crazy!!!  Please look at the line ups of the artists! They are many many great artists (that I'm a fan of), and do you know what's crazier? All the works will be sold for $100!!! Super Deal!!!

Tiny Trifecta 2nd Annual Group Show: Curated by Tara McPherson July 7th to August 5th, 2012 Opening Event Saturday July 7th, 7 to 11pm Pre Registration begins at 4pm at Cotton Candy Machine Gallery

Featuring THREE tiny pieces of $100 art from each artist! Jessicka Addams, Aiko, Jim Avignon, John Baizley, Shawn Barber, Andrew Bell, Robert Bowen, Jon Burgerman, Zoe Byland, Ciou, Becky Cloonan, David M Cook, Dave Cooper, Dave Correia, Molly Crabapple, Lana Crooks, Steven Daily, Daniel Danger, Tristan Eaton, Camilla d’Errico, Brian Ewing, Natalia Fabia, PJay Fidler, AJ Fosik, Doze Green, Dan Grzeca, Fred Harper, Jason Holley, Thomas Hooper, Jim Houser, Seldon Hunt, Jeremy Hush, Jordin Isip, JK5, James Jean, Jeremyville, Nathan Jurevicius, Aya Kakeda, Audrey Kawasaki, Josh Keyes, Henry Lewis, Lola, David Mack, Jim Mahfood, Sara Antoinette Martin, Dan May, Tara McPherson, Brandi Milne, Junko Mizuno, Buff Monster, Tomi Monstre, Michael Motorcycle, Martin Ontiveros, Alex Pardee, Joshua Petker, London Police, Anthony Pontius, Martha Rich, Jermaine Rogers, Paul Romano, Arik Roper, Jay Ryan, Souther Salazar, Isabel Samaras, Erik Mark Sandberg, Jon Schnepp, Shawnimal, Greg Simkins, Skinner, Bwana, Spoons, Jeff Soto, Timba Smits, Diana Sudyka, Lamour Supreme, Fefe Talavera, Jill Thompson, Miss Van, Adam Wallacavage, Lindsey Way, John Wayshack, Eric White, and Chet Zar.

These are my 3 pieces.

See you in MEXICO!

Hello everyone.My Mexico trip is starting next week!!! 6 months of planning and working with my warm Mexican friends over tons of emails, it's finally coming to reality.

I've been to Mexico twice and I was in love with the country and people there, this is a dream come true projects for me!

My First stop and this trip's sponsor is Amarillo Centro de Diseño June 27th to 30th Stop motion animation workshop June 28th Exhibition "Aya Kakeda works from 2000~2012" opens at http://amarilloespacio.com.mx/

Amarillo Centro de Diseño is a design Center in Xalapa, Mexico which invites both Mexican and  international artists to have workshops and Exhibition. My talented and top illustrator friends Yuko Shimizu, Marcos Chin, and Brian Rea have shown their work here in the past years. I'm honored to be part of this group!  Thank you for inviting me!

Here is some exciting photos that they sent me! they are also painting my characters on their window!!! wowwwww~ I'm excited about what kind of stop motion animation the students will make. I will update you on that soon!

I'm also launching 2 toy lines in Mexico, one is a hand made ceramic figure "Box-kun Mexican version"  and " Hanabi Monster" plush which I collaborated with Mexican Artist TOLOACHE. My Ceramic Toy " Box-kun Mexican version" will be launched on July 6th at SK Sarukaku Toy store in Mexico City.  It's super limited and comes with hand made silkscreen book, I'm only bringing 10 figures.  [vimeo 44558034 w=500 h=375] box-kun mexican version promotional video from aya Kakeda on Vimeo.

Last but not least! On July 13th at Rojo Bermelo store in Monterrey, I'm having an event "Hanabi Monster!" where collaboration plush toy with TOLOACHE and  limited edition silk screen will be launched! Fluffy cuteness!!!! And here is some photos of the limited edition silk screens getting printed for this event! If you are in Mexico, I really hope to see you in one of those events!

Love from New York trying to pack huge mustache in my suitcase!!!

Waking Up in a Tutti Frutti Hat

Hello! I'm curating a show in July in CA. Please stop by if you are in Monterrey area!

It will be a great show with eight artists who I really respect. All of their art has whimsical, colorful and Dream like quality which can transport people right into their surreal world.

The title of this show came from one of my favorite movie The Gang's All Here, a surreal and colorful striking images which I think fits really well with those 8 artist's works.

"Waking up in a tutti frutti hat" Book Show curated by Aya Kakeda July 13 - Aug 7th at  The Alternative Cafe Gallery , Monterrey CA

Artists: Fumiha Tanaka,  Jen Tong, Nathan Fox, Matthew Thurber, Nora Krug,  Panayiotis Terzis, Patrick Dorian, Tomi Um


Hello. My Mexico shows and events are coming up soon! Please come and visit if you are near, And spread the word to your friends in Mexico! Thank you!

Xalapa June 28th, 2012 Opening 7pm Solo Exhibition at Amarillo Centro de Diseno Address: Antonio Franceschy no.17 Esquina Guerrero y Perú, Xalapa http://amarilloespacio.com.mx/

Mexico City July 6th, 2012 Event 7pm "Nice to Meet You Box-kun!" Premier of New Custom Ceramic Toy at SK Sarukaku Toy Address: Isabel la Católica #87, local 101, 1er piso, entrada por Regina, Col. Centro 06080 Mexico City, Mexico http://www.skarttoy.com.mx/

July 7th, 2012 Opening 8pm "It's a Pink World After All" all female group show at Rojo Bermelo (their new space in Mexico City!) Adress: Amatlan 106, entre Campeche y Michoacan. Col. Condesa, Mexico City TEL: 63030596 http://www.rojobermelo.com/

Monterrey July 13th, 2012 Opening 8pm "Hanabi Monster Party" Premier of Hanabi Monster Silk Screen Poster and Plush Toy at Rojo Bermelo Address: Plaza fiesta San Agustin local 2099, Monterrey TEL: 83631523 http://www.rojobermelo.com/