Children's Museum of Manhattan Workshop this Sunday the 25th!

flyer=sHello!  Come to Children's Museum of Manhattan this Sunday to make your own imaginary friends come to life!!!  See you! Imaginary Friends with Illustrator Aya Kakeda Create your own Kawaii (too cute) friend and learn about character design with Society of Illustrator’s award winning artist, Aya Kakeda.

Sunday, January 25, 2015 | 2:00 & 3:30pm| 5 & Older Sign up

Let's go to the Yeti Mountain!

919a26c056a9a9c8f78c_460x460IMG_2267IMG_2301_四角Micro-chan and her friends went to the snowy mountain to meet her Yeti friend to spend their holidays together :) I heard they are having a good time. Now after the neon pink Micro bus, now new color electric blue "Let's Go To The Yeti Mountain" is on sale!!!!  Small edition on 30 from Tomenosuke store. ----->Here

And here is a big news! If you get the first Three microbus editions (neon pink, electric blue, and Glow in the dark) you can win my original painting which is featured on the header cards!!!

face=web3Days till the New Years!  Hope you will have a great New Year's eve and Happy 2015!!!

Spirit Animal Group Show at Pony Club Gallery, Portland OR

spiritmew1_sHello!
It's been a while since I updated the blog.
I'm in a group show at Pony Club Gallery in Portland Oregon, if you are in the area please come by! Opening is on the October 2nd. My spirit animal is........"Mew Mew" the cat!
Exhibition Info:
Pony Club Gallery
625 NW Everett St Apt 105, Portland, Oregon 97209

Pony Club Gallery presents a group show celebrating the theme of Spirit Animals. Animal Spirit guides bring wisdom, inspiration, protection, and healing. Each artist will create between 1-3 pieces of graphite work.

Artists: Josh Keyes Nicomi Nix Turner Aya Kakeda May Ann Licudine Erin Rei Susannah Kelly Devon Smith

Opening Reception October 2nd, 6-10pm Music and Beer provided by KPSU.https://www.facebook.com/events/827242390620198/

Hello World Maker Faire NY! Come and get the limited edition poster!

final_web Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 12.57.54 PM Hello! It's World Maker Faire New York this weekend! I did a limited edition 18 x 24 inch poster for the Faire this year. It will be on sale at the location this weekend. I'm hoping I will be riding some animal shaped robots all weekend and climbing on a life size mouse trap! See you there I hope.

WORLD MAKER FAIRE New York at New York Hall of Science Sept 20 & 21, 2014

More info: http://makerfaire.com/

Opening Vernissage Tomorrow Night!

webHello!!!I hope you are having a great summer. Tomorrow at Usagi Paris Gallery my exhibition AU HASARD DE MON BAZAR is opening. There will be upstairs little gallery and downstairs in a secret cave. Come and meet my creatures and find out many secrets in this mystical cave! The show run till early July.

"AU HASARD DE MON BAZAR" d'Aya Kakeda du 13 Juin au 2 Juillet 2014 Vernissage le vendredi 13 Juin à partir de 19h30 Usagi Paris:32 rue Saint Roch, 75001 Paris, France usagiparis.com

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Midnight Gallery

postcardアートライフさんに素晴らしい展覧会を企画してもらいました!吉本ばななさんの小説の表紙などを手がけたり、はたまた音楽界でもご活躍の原マスミさんとの展覧会です。哀しい予感、パイナツプリン、バリ夢日記の表紙をみたとき、すぐにその独特な女性の絵に魅了されました。その方と一緒に作品をみせられるのは、まるで夢のようです。

5月9日〜5月30日、 六本木のアート発信基地、真夜中のギャラリーBAR OPPでゆったりとした気分で お酒を傾けつつ堪能してください。アートライフさんが提供する大人の時間です。 東京都港区六本木5-18-1PURE六本木8階 ☎:03-5575-2312 20:00〜24:00 但し、土日はお休みです。 東京の皆さん是非見に来て下さいね! infoopp_map

Hello Tokyo!!! I'm having a show at Midnight Gallery OPP in Roppongi. I'm especially excited because it's a show with Masumi Hara who is an illustrator that I have been admiring since I was young. First time I saw his illustration was on Banana Yosimoto's novel and since then I was drawn into his beautiful strong eyed women he paints. It is like a dream comes true to be paired with such an accomplished artist! Thank you ArtLife for putting this event together!!!

May 9th ~ May 30th OPP mid night gallery 5-18-1 Roppongi, Pure Roppongi Building 8F, Minatoku, Tokyo ☎:03-5575-2312 Opens 20:00~24:00 (Sat,Sun Closed)

 

Grace and Ritual: Hidden opening May 9th LA

72dpi_Flyer_Grace_&_Ritual_Hidden_A_v2Hello!I am 8 bit is putting together a group show in L.A. I have one ceramic sculpture in this show, if you are in L.A Please come and visit my little ceramic friend! You can see more info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1539734432919779/

For this group show I made this "ToTai Island Cave Seal Ritual Mask"

<Making of> ceramicIt's made out of Ceramic Clay --> Black and white slip--->Clear Glazed

photo (7)Black Slip with clear glaze created a very nice deep blue. Finishing up making the headdress with colorful Pompoms.

<What is Cave seal ritual mask?!> In ToTai Island (this is my imaginary island) every house owns their version of unique cave seal mask. When there is an event of the island or the family they put the mask on their door to announce. Depending on how headdress is display people in the island know exactly what the event is.

Here is some example! marriageMarriage in the family

deathDeath in the family

birthBirth in the family

peaceWhen the Island is in peace

FightWhen the Island is fighting with other tribe

Now you can visit ToTai Island and you know what's going on when you see the mask at someone's door!

MOCCA Art Festival FUN! Thank You!

Thank you for coming by my table last weekend, it was great to see many familiar faces and also meeting some amazing new people/artists. This was my first MOCCA, I have been doing other festivals past years but I truly think MOCCA is very special!  I think Society of Illustrators did a great job putting together, thank you SI and volunteer team!I didn't have much time walking around to take some photos but here are some that I have and some of my studiomates photos!

photo 9Charlie Brown!!! Mascot of MOCCA, he will be part of the Macy's easter parade this year. I was happy that our studio's booth was right below!!! 1981817_10152014595893483_1499693094_n(Photo by Diana Di Nazzo)   Here is my booth! Our studio had 4 tables this year. photo 2Close ups of my booth. Lots of small books and sculptures this year not to forget Zombi cat Cookies!!!

Here are our whole 4 table run down :-)  (All the photos are by Joel Alter) 10153802_10154018488490088_552466252_n 10011467_10154018476090088_1785381394_n 1503380_10154018466955088_1423874066_n 1970910_10154018453265088_894285162_n 1375963_10154014019140088_1580757919_nEveryone had super successful MOCCA!!!

Here are some visitors photos! I wish I took more :-( photo 7Cutest visitors were those 4 ladies!!! photo 10FIT Master program had it's own table this year!  (I wish I took photos of that but here is a photo of a proud students who were selling out on their books! Good job :-))10012914_10152304750558771_5830461211914411130_oMet One of my favorite artist Ciou finally after we were in a same show 10 years ago! We exchanged the books like soccer player exchange their uniform!!! ;-)

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MOCCA FESTIVAL this weekend!

Hello!This weekend is MOCCA Art Festival in NYC. I have a table selling new books, prints, surprise sculpture boxes, and cat&dog cookies! Please come and visit! 10173554_10151957194020178_1347604187_nYou can see the direction and more info about the festival here---> click

Here is some sneak preview! photo 3 (2)1958232_10151949263820178_788786612_ncover1000650_10151959049650178_281297358_nphoto 1 (5)10155464_10151963768835178_1931492428_nDouble thank you for Kimiko and Fumiha for helping me bake!!!!!

Nap time YEA!

Little sneak preview for a tiny book and tiny sculpture I'm working on now. "Nap time! what do you want to sleep on little cats and dogs???"photo (4) "On this Miss,  Nap time YEAAAA!" photo 1 (3) Sketches and tiny clay shapes photo 5 (1) Painting tiny faces with gouache photo 4 (2) Working on the drawing part of the book photo 3 (1) My cat use to do this impossible pose! photo 2 (1)

For Carrot Salad???

IMG_2593 IMG_2596 IMG_2598Mama rabbit dish with little dancing rabbits inside.I made this while ago and I'm thinking of using it soon. But what should I put inside? Carrot Salad? Mac&Cheese???